Although having a four-month-old son means I spend most of my days red-eyed and disheveled, fatherhood has also whipped me into the best physical shape of my life. There are two logical explanations for this: 1) The gym is my only refuge from Babyland, and I try to sneak off there whenever my wife’s not looking, and 2) I’ve begun to develop “dad strength”—the mythical power that comes from constantly lugging around a human bowling ball and all of his possessions.
Achieving dad strength isn’t an easy process. The physical grind of child-rearing will leave you with an impressive array of aches and pains if you’re not ready for it. So whether you’re a new father or if you’re expecting a bundle of joy in the near future, do yourself a favor and add these three exercises to your workouts at least once a week. Someday, your kids will thank you. [Ed. note: They won't.]