Dads ditched their ‘dad bodies’ by exercising with their newborns

The father, who gained weight when his son was born, ditched his “dad body” by exercising with his newborn – and has now won a medal in a national bodybuilding competition.

In just six months after the birth of his son Teddy, 35-year-old Sion Monty has laid four stones, running three businesses at the same time, and grappling with fatherhood.

Then when he was nearly 16, he vowed to lose weight. And getting his son involved in the exercise regime by putting Teddy in his pram and doing daily runs, hill sprints and long walks.

But thanks to a diet overhaul and exercise six days a week, he lost nearly four stones, now supporting five sons, and his proud partner, Karla Williams, 31.

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He took it a step further and started bodybuilding, building muscle and working on a six pack.

And in November 2022, he won a silver medal at the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association UK Open.

The secret, he said, is mindfulness and manifesto. He reads a lot about a positive “growth mindset,” self-belief, and making things happen.

Sion now offers one-on-one coaching and is helping other body image stuck dads make a difference by sharing his tips on social media.

Shion works out five times a week to control her calorie intake, but insists the key to transforming her body is inner peace after battling anxiety.

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“In the first six months after my son was born, I gained weight,” says gym owner Sion, from Porthmadog, Wales.

“I took a picture with Teddy and his partner Carla in the photo booth and I saw myself for the first time since Teddy was born.

“Owning a gym and letting it go, I was embarrassed and shocked.

“It kicked me up a*** to get back into fitness.

“Now I’m a much happier, more active father to Teddy.

“I just want to inspire him and show him that anything is possible.”

Shion, who was ranked 16th in weight, lost weight and changed her physique. He now tilts his scales at his 12 degrees and has a chiseled physique.

He has maintained his fitness and said he has “been there” since purchasing a new gym, Musclemorph Gym, in Gwynedd, Wales.

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“I read a lot of books about mindfulness and do affirmations in the morning.

“Set clear goals by saying what you want to achieve that day.

“I would walk past this building every day and tell my partner that it would be a great building for a gym, and I thought it would be my gym.

“I envisioned it as my gym every day, but like crazy, I got a call that the building was available.”

Another tenant secured the building, but he continued to believe he would get it, according to the fitness enthusiast, who miraculously got the keys in December 2019.

Sadly, one month after opening in February 2020, Sion had to close the gym in March 2020 due to lockdown.

He said: “It was really hard, but I used that time to help others.

“I gained a little weight, so I documented my ‘fat loss’ phase on Instagram for others to see and started working out at home.

“I help many dads and men from all over the world come to me for help.

“They just want to be healthy for their children.”

Little Teddy is now following in his father’s footsteps and loves coming to the gym every Sunday for a mini workout.

Sion spends his weekends with his family and works out before they wake up at 4:30 am Monday through Friday.

“Family time is non-negotiable and I prioritize Carla and Teddy.

“I eat normally. I’m just watching my calories, so my appetite goes away. It’s more sustainable.”

When Sion was shedding weight for a fitness contest earlier in the month (13 pounds on Day 12), he restricted his diet to 1,800 calories a day.

But now he’s getting “bulky” – he’s putting on muscle, so he eats 2,500 calories a day.

Despite being healthier than ever, he feels better than ever thanks to his heart.

“I’ve struggled with anxiety for years, but I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt – not because of the fitness regiment, but through my mind and practice.

“You should work on your mind as much as you do on your body.”

Before Diet:

Breakfast – 4 servings of peanut butter on toast

Lunch – Take away from the deli – baguettes, pastries, cakes, potato chips

Dinner – Chinese, Chip Shop, or Indian Takeaway. If the food was home cooked it was served with chips and garlic bread. Magnum ice cream pudding.

Diet Now:

5am: Workout

7am: White chocolate, banana and peanut butter protein shake

9am: Chocolate protein oats, fruit (usually berries)

12:00 Chicken cutlet curry rice with vegetables

Afternoon: protein bar

5:30pm: Chicken sausage, jacket potato & cheese, tenderstem broccoli

20:00 White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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