Geoff Girvitz is a founder, father, and curious fellow. Based in Toronto, he founded Bang Personal Training (now in its 13th year) and Dad Strength—a resource for dads to take better care of themselves—so that they can take better care of their families. Geoff’s work has been covered by publications such as T-Nation, The National Post, and Vice. He is recognized as an expert on human movement, coaching, and behavioural change. Geoff’s mission is to make the mental health benefits of exercise accessible to anyone—anywhere. Along the way, he is documenting his journey to earn the mug that says World’s Greatest Dad.
What type of sports did you participate in as a kid?
Little league soccer and then… Absolutely nothing until I found martial arts as a teenager. My experience there was transformative—guiding me to really learn how to move my body for the first time.
What injuries, if any, have you have to overcome as an athlete?
I had my elbow scoped (arthroscopic debridement) last November. That’s what I earned for being stubborn on the mats. I also herniated a disk wrestling about 10 years ago. That one took some untangling. I’m pleased to report that all injuries have been rehabbed successfully.
What does a typical week look like in terms of your workouts?
C19 has been a weird time. I walk and bike consistently, maintain a daily push-up habit, and swing kettlebells and clubs with an eye on coordination and accumulating volume undramatically. Nothing is particularly regimented right now and I have no commitment to myself beyond enjoying what I’m doing.
Do you have any tips for getting to the gym on days you just don’t feel like working out?
Focus on getting in front of the equipment. Motivation typically flows naturally from there.
What are the top 3 supplements you would recommend for the post 45 athlete?
Protein: it can be tough to get enough from whole food sources—especially when you’re limiting calories
Vitamin D: particularly if you have darker skin or don’t live in a place with year-round sunshine
Magnesium: like zinc (like how I wedged this one in?) is often insufficient via dietary sources alone. It contributes to a calm mind and quality sleep.
What is your #1 fitness tip?
Consistency is your top priority—and nothing facilitates consistency like enjoyment. Avoid the common trap of buying into exercise as suffering. If working out feels like a forced march, it’s probably time to explore some other options. Look for what makes your heart sing—or at least seems interesting.