Ulisses Jr. gets transparent about the important factors in raising a child beyond simply love and passion

This week on The Mike O’Hearn Show, Ulisses Jr. joins the podcast to discuss the most important values he puts into raising a child. Going beyond romance and love, Ulisses considers the literal genetic potential that goes into the two halves that create a child. And even beyond physicality, the core values of each parent are vital to consider when deciding to raise a child.

In the world of fitness, few names resonate as strongly as Ulisses Jr. From his humble beginnings as a high school athlete to his rise as a renowned bodybuilder and coach, Ulisses Jr.’s journey is one of perseverance, dedication, and success.

Ulisses Jr.’s story is one of transformation. From a skinny teenager with a dream to one of the most iconic figures in the fitness industry, his journey is a testament to hard work and determination. With a shredded 8-pack abs and numerous bodybuilding titles under his belt, Ulisses Jr. has not only achieved greatness but also inspired countless individuals around the globe.

That same level of focus also went into Ulisses’ personal life as a parent. Health, fitness, and bodybuilding are important values to him – and he wants to ensure he can pass this along to his children. That also means finding the right partner who shares both those values and the genetic potential to pass onto a child.

That’s why both Mike O’Hearn and Ulisses Jr. talk about their viewpoints as parents and how they hope to pass along superior genes for a next generation of powerful athletes – and as valuable members of society. Let’s dive in.


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The Importance of Choosing a Life Partner

The conversation between Mike O’Hearn and Ulisses Jr. delves into the crucial topic of choosing a life partner. Ulisses emphasizes the significance of considering genetics and core values when contemplating starting a family. He stresses that the decision should be made with careful consideration, as it influences the future of not just the couple but also their potential children.

As Ulisses puts it, a child is composed 50/50 of two people. What kind of genetics and temperament each person has will certainly pass onto a child and influence them as they grow up.

Mike agrees with this sentiment – but also understands that the connection between two people go beyond genetics. That love is a strong reason to marry or have kids. However, love is not enough to make two partners good parents.

Core Values and Parenting

Ulisses and Mike O’Hearn agree that beyond physical attributes, core values play a pivotal role in parenting. Both hosts underscore the importance of aligning core values with a partner to ensure a harmonious upbringing for their children. Ulisses shares his personal experience, highlighting the significance of discussing these values well before starting a family.

Specifically, Ulisses notes that has an African background and heritage that he feels is important to pass onto his child. His wife also has a latin background with values that she wants to ensure she passes on to a child as well. So it’s important to talk about these values long before actually having a kid. Those kinds of discussions should not happen after already getting pregnant and the baby on the way.

Maturity and Parenthood

Mike O’Hearn agrees but points out that it is tough to have that kind of conversation when you are younger and in your 20s. Mike emphasizes that he is happy he waited until he was older to have a child – as he now has the maturity to be considerate in how he raises his son.

Mike does not believe that he would have been the same kind of father if he raised a child in his 20s. He wouldn’t have been mature enough to have the talks about values or what he wanted to impart to a child.

Ulisses mentions that his wife has had children previously, so in a way, he had practice engaging and thinking about children while being there for her children from another relationship. When he finally had a child of his own with her, he felt more ready and considered in what he wanted to do as a father and what values he wanted to pass on.

With this in mind, Ulisses personally suggests waiting until you are a little older to have children as you have more life experience, more maturity, and you are calmer and more confident in what you want your life to be and what you want to pass onto a child.

Balancing Parenthood with Other Life Aspects

Ulisses concludes the conversation by shedding light on the challenges of balancing parenthood with other aspects of life. He emphasizes that raising a child is not isolated but intertwined with various responsibilities, including career, health, and social life. Finding harmony amidst these demands requires careful consideration and juggling of priorities.

“Finding that right balance is the difference in having the right partner.”

– Ulisses Jr.

Wrap Up

In essence, the discussion between Mike O’Hearn and Ulisses Jr. offers invaluable insights into the intricacies of relationships, parenting, and personal growth. Through their experiences and wisdom, they underscore the importance of making thoughtful decisions, aligning core values, and embracing maturity in the journey of parenthood. As listeners embark on their own paths, they can draw inspiration from these perspectives to navigate the complexities of life with grace and resilience.

You can watch the full episode of The Mike O’Hearn Show above. And don’t forget to check back every week for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.