Hudson White is more than half of the Buff Dudes’ YouTube bodybuilding duo; he is also a father. And when his children were born, the bodybuilder quickly realized that his previous way of life and approach to fitness was no longer feasible.
White recalls the culture shock he experienced upon marrying and starting a family following a life as a bachelor, as well as the adjustment period required to adjust to a shared life in which he is responsible for others. And, while his day is undoubtedly busier, as a result, the bodybuilder made a promise to himself that he would not use his children as an excuse to avoid working out — he simply needed to rethink his schedule.
Being a Father Is Not Easy!
“This is not an excuse; this is a challenge,” he says. “I quickly realized that I was now spending the majority of my time working around my children’s schedule… They’re like an incessant alarm clock… I had to learn to wake up early; at one point, I was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to swim and get my workouts in. It appears excessively early, and it truly is… I enjoy waking up before the sun rises, as it gives the illusion of beating the day… You’re not just exercising; you’re also game planning.”
A Bodybuilder Who’s Focused on Time Management
He also quickly mastered the art of maximizing the time he did have for exercise, whether through supersets, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), or sessions that engage the entire body rather than just specific parts. “You can get everything you need in a very short time,” he explains. “Make the most of the limited time you have.”
One factor that aided the famous bodybuilder in making the most of this time was adopting a new philosophy — “If working out isn’t fun, don’t do it.” White admits that 45 minutes of slow, steady-state cardio on a treadmill became tedious and time-consuming, but he still gets his cardio in through other, more enjoyable methods, such as virtual reality workouts.
His other top practical tips for improving your fitness level? Keeping track of calories.