Gold's Gym Prescribes Unique Workouts For TV's Most Notorious Dads

Just in Time for Father's Day, Leading Authority on Health and Fitness Dishes Out Some Tough Love to Help TV Dads Shape Up Their Characters

DALLAS - June 12, 2013 // PRNewswire //  - TV dads – they've long been a staple of favorite prime time programming, dishing out fatherly advice for their TV families and viewers alike (for better or worse!). This Father's Day, however, it's time for these dads to receive some advice of their own. Gold's Gym, the leading authority on health and fitness, is prescribing a series of workouts for some of TV's most talked about dads in an effort to help them "strengthen" their characters.

Working with Fitness Institute member and celebrity trainer Eric the Trainer, Gold's Gym identified some of the most talked about dads that rule the small screen (Don Draper! Tywin Lannister!) and compiled some friendly advice to help them shape up for their TV brood.

"With Father's Day fast approaching, we wanted to find a fun way to recognize and celebrate all the dads out there – from our real-life everyday heroes, to the fictional dads that make us tune in each week to some of our favorite shows," said Eric the Trainer. "Hopefully some dads out there looking to start a new fitness routine, or shake up their current exercise regime, will get some inspiration from our fatherly fitness advice!"

Below is a look at the TV dads that made the list this year:

  • Ezra Fitz ("Pretty Little Liars") – With its mix of kicks, punches and blocks, kickboxing is just what Ezra Fitz needs to kick up his endurance to keep up with his son Malcolm, as well as all of the tricks that "A" is throwing at the residents of Rosewood. To ensure he gets in "A+" shape, we recommend a class 3-4 times a week
  • Don Draper ("Mad Men") – With its rainbow of neon colors and clever twist of "exercise in disguise," Don would love the marketing behind Zumba Fitness, not to mention the beautiful girls that flock to the brand's classes. And since Don is always thinking about his "bottom line," he could even get a great tax write-off, and do some penance through the brand's Great Calorie Drive, since the calories he burns in class will be donated to help fight world hunger. We recommend 2-3 classes per week. Burning approximately 750 calories per class, Don might even be able to balance out some of his questionable habits
  • Tywin Lannister ("Game of Thrones") – As the Hand of the King, and one of television's most dastardly dads, Tywin lives in a perpetual state of stress – making him the ideal candidate for a daily dose of yoga.  Known for its incredible relaxation benefits, the beloved fitness practice is just what Tywin needs to unwind after a long day of meddling in his kids' lives. He really should be going every day of the week
  • Homer Simpson ("The Simpsons") – Homer likes TV.  Homer does not like exercise.  With the Cardio Cinema, Homer can feel like he's watching a movie or TV at home, while exercising at a pace he is comfortable with. We recommend 5 times a week for 30 minutes while watching The Itchy & Scratchy Show... That's about  2,500 calories or in Homer's terms, eight donuts
  • Walter White ("Breaking Bad") – As a high school chemistry teacher, who turned to a life of crime, Walter White would definitely appreciate the science behind TRX, which leverages gravity and your body weight to perform hundreds of exercises. Given that it's a total body training system, it's super-efficient – giving Walter plenty of time for his (ahem) "extracurricular" activities.  Walter should look to workout 10-20 minutes a day 2-3 times a week
  • Marshall Eriksen ("How I Met Your Mother") – Now that baby Marvin is getting older, cycling would help Marshall prepare for all those glorious bike riding days ahead with his son.  Though it's still uncertain where Marshall, Lily and Marvin will live (will they stay in the suburbs or move to Italy?), one thing's for certain – cycling is universal. Seeing as how Marshall is a newbie to cycling, he should look to take two cycling/spin classes per week to get adjusted to the different muscles that are targeted through cycling
  • Joel Graham ("Parenthood") – As a stay-at-home father for the past few years, Joel has been devoted to raising his kids, as well as building a tight social circle of stay-at-home moms, and hosting regular play dates.  Now that he is returning to work as a contractor, Joel should look to do a great boot camp 3-4 times a week to help him get back in the swing of things, and adjust to his physically demanding career

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About Gold's Gym

Established in Venice, Calif. in 1965, Gold's Gym is the most recognized gym chain in the world with more than 650 locations in 37 states and 28 countries. The iconic brand ranks in the top 15 percent of Entrepreneur magazine's 2011 "Franchise 500." Gold's Gym offers the latest equipment and services, including group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, group cycle, Pilates and yoga. With nearly 3 million members worldwide, Gold's Gym helps all kinds of people achieve their individual potential through fitness. For more information please visit, or

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