Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Keeping the dad bod alive

other - 06 Dec 2019

Completely by accident, I watched the news on tv last week - the breakfast news for goodness sake - and I learned that Dutch people are getter taller and heavier. Weren’t we the tallest nation on the planet already? I’m pretty happy with my 1,90m (6’3”), but I do have to watch my weight a little.

I made the decision about two years ago to try going to the gym - but it took too much time out of an already busy schedule, and to be honest - the big dudes pumping iron were a bit intimidating. So, to side-step the gym - and the big dudes - I started doing calisthenics at home.

A coworker of mine recommended a book called, “Convict Conditioning.” It’s written by Paul “Coach” Wade, an apparent former maximum security prisoner. He emphasises the importance of physical strength for survival, as well as using your own body weight as your only “equipment.” Being able to do one-handed pushups sounded pretty cool to me, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Unfortunately I never reached that level, at least not yet. I only do a few of the exercises from the book - but I do them 5 days a week. In a short session of about 10 minutes I do pull ups, pushups or abs. I’m stuck at level 6 out of 10, and am not making much progress anymore, but I’m okay with that.

Besides riding my road bike bike on Sunday mornings, I also ride another bike to and from the train station each morning and evening. It’s about 20 minutes ride from my house to the station - plus 4 times a week I bring the kids to school in our cargo bike, or they ride their own bikes.

I don’t want to get too skinny either, but it’s holiday season with lots of candy and food, and we just got a new toaster in the office so I think I’ll be just fine keeping the #dadbod alive.