Being a police officer is more than enough workout in one day, but St. Clair Shores resident Todd Fritz adds being a father, an athlete and a chief master sergeant to that mix.
Fritz also is a heart-attack survivor, and he uses that as inspiration for staying in shape. Fritz, who trains six to seven days a week, recently was selected by Men’s Health magazine out of hundreds of entries to become a top 10 semifinalist in The Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Search.
According to Men’s Health, the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Search is a nationwide call for a “well-rounded, active, health conscious and thoughtful guy who is fit and fearless; a doer who gives back, leads by example, and shows the world his true self.” The winner of this contest will appear on the November 2017 cover of Men’s Health.
Here is what Fritz had to say about himself, his commitments and this contest:
Q: How do you stay fit and healthy? Why is it important to you?
A: “I remain committed to my fitness not only for individual health issues but also to allow me to serve my community, as well as, to serve as an example to my children to live a healthy lifestyle.”
Q: How do you give back to your community/friends/family?
A: “All three of my jobs are in service to others. During the day, I work as a public servant for the Federal Government and at night and weekends I am a reserve police officer. Also, I am a Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF military reserve which takes up a great deal of my time even when off duty.”
Q: What’s the most significant challenge you have overcome in your life?
A: “On Jan 29th 2017, I suffered a ‘Widow Maker’ heart attack with 100 percent of my left coronary artery blocked. At six weeks, the cardiologist felt I was fit enough to continue back training on my own, as Cardio Rehab would be too easy for me. I can say, it’s not been easy mentally or physically; however, I realize if I hadn’t been training so diligently all these years I would not have made it. Life has a whole new meaning now. Literally Training to Live!”
Q: How do you measure success? Have you achieved it?
A: “I measure success not by monetary value but by the impact I have made in others by investing in them. My wife would say that I have achieved it however; inside of me is an old super hero that will never stop trying to save the world.”
Q: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
A: “Pain is temporary, but quitting lasts forever.”