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January 9, 2024

Perth’s ‘hottest dad’, Andrew Pap, shares his biggest health and fitness learnings

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As an athlete and fitness expert, who also has a two-year-old, Andrew Papadopolous knows how important it is to prioritise health and wellness no matter how busy your routine is.

He was also recently crowned with the title of Perth’s hottest dad – so he’s clearly doing something right.

The athletic director of Fitstop, Papadoplolous is the perfect candidate to answer 9Honey’s 5 Fitness Questions.

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Andrew Pap was voted Perth's hottest dad.

We’re always being promised ‘the secret’ to getting and staying healthy. What’s yours?

There’s no secret formula, potion or pill.

What’s required is to reframe our pursuit of any goal, understand its true value and weigh up the cost of achieving it versus the cost of not attaining it.

If the latter doesn’t bother you, then you’re most likely going to achieve it. So find goals that actually provide a sense of need, not want.

What’s something you know now about health you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself five or 10 years ago?

To have placed greater emphasis on reading. I find reading to be a cathartic exercise that unequivocally adds value to every aspect of my life.

I wish I started in my early 20s.

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What’s your nutrition philosophy?

Concepts are few, but the methods are many, which means there are many ways to achieve the same outcome; losing, maintaining or gaining weight.

So it’s simply how the individual decides to be in an energy deficit, balance or surplus. Which can be influenced by personal ideological, financial and practical needs.

My only advice is – regardless of your desired outcome or method – to keep including high-quality and adequate sources of protein and dietary fibre.

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Andrew Pap and his daugher Harper

What’s one area of your own health, fitness or wellbeing you’re working to improve?

I have recently moved house, so I’m looking forward to creating a routine again. I use a whiteboard to break down my weeks into days, which helps me cover all areas of my health, business and relationships.

What’s a small, practical step you’d tell a friend to make if they asked your advice on something they can do to improve their health, starting today?

It would honestly be to find a community of individuals who are doing the thing that you want to do – it will not only help you get active, but it will help you feel your best, create positive friendships and feel connected to something bigger than yourself.

At Fitstop, we always talk about the importance of connection and enjoyment in helping people to achieve their goals. A good community will help keep you accountable when your motivation is low. They will inspire you, educate you and push you just beyond your limits – enough to keep you in a progressive state.

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Andrew Pap is the new athletic director at Fitstop.

Fitstop is an Aussie fitness brand that offers a holistic training program incorporating strength, metabolic conditioning and endurance, which optimises performance and supports longevity – unleashing the inner athlete in everyone.

To find out more about Fitstop and Andrew Papadopolous, head to Fitstop. Fitstop will have a 3 weeks for $39 intro offer available from Boxing Day and throughout January, so Aussies can start the year strong.


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