From running to jumping and climbing trapezes in his spare time, there is not one physical activity Dash Meagher doesn’t like.
But Dash isn’t your usual ‘fitspo’ star parading about bench pressing and lifting dumbbells in the gym for the sake of Instagram.
He is just three years old, but already possesses an enviable six pack.
‘I first noticed Dash had the beginnings of a six pack about six months ago when I was changing his nappy,’ the Canberra toddler’s mum Ursula told Daily Mail Australia.
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Fitspiration: Despite being just three years old, toddler Dash Meagher from Canberra already has a six pack
Muscle tot: The toddler loves the great outdoors and jumping and climbing in his outdoor activity centre at home
Late start: Despite being the picture of health now, Dash hasn’t always had things so easy – he was an IVF baby who has defied the odds
‘He curled his feet up towards the sky and I saw it and sent a picture to his dad saying “do you see what I see?”.
‘He’s too young to realise he has it of course, but he’s already incredibly muscly and just loves to exercise.’
While Ursula herself says she likes running, she insists that she is not a crazy fitness fanatic.
‘I’m reasonably fit, as is his dad, but Dash’s love of exercise really came from his love of the outdoors.
Climbing frame: While Dash is obviously very strong, his mum Ursula insists he is just a normal boy who loves ice cream
Sports star: While he may be still young, Ursula one day hopes her son might go on to do gymnastics
Dream team: When his mum, Ursula, took Dash out on a gentle jog, the then two-year-old (right) ended up running four kilometres by himself
‘He’s outside every day, come rain or shine. I used to run with him in the pram when he was a baby, and as soon as he hit two, I took him out on what I thought would be a gentle jog.
‘Dash ended up running four kilometres!’
Despite being the picture of health now, Dash Meagher, or @musclylittlemonster as he is known on Instagram, hasn’t always been so fit and healthy.
‘Dash was an IVF baby and was expected to be two weeks early and smaller than average,’ says Ursula.
Fun and games: Ursula installed an outdoor activity centre in the garden for Dash to playon
Little monkey: Dash adores climbing and jumping
‘I’m truly blessed to have such a healthy little boy’: Mother Ursula says her son discovered his love of exercise himself
‘Instead he was two weeks late, ten pounds and continues to defy all the odds. He started walking at 10 and a half months, has been climbing from the beginning and does constant laps of the kitchen, climbing the coffee tables and kitchen sides – he has this constant energy!
‘I’m truly blessed to have such a healthy little boy.’
Dash’s favourite exercise is jumping. Ursula takes him to an indoor trampolining centre as often as possible, where he will bounce for more than two hours at a time.
‘For his second birthday we built Dash an outdoor activity centre complete with trapezes and places to swing and hang from. He just loves it.
Like mother, like son: Ursula herself also loves running and takes Dash with her from time to time
Mini Tarzan: Dash is extremely energetic and loves finding something to hang off or climb in the house
‘His incredible strength and physique comes from being so constantly active – recently he picked up a massive shovel I was struggling with and started shovelling dirt! It was amazing!’
While Ursula is more than keen to cultivate Dash’s fitness (the toddler has an Instagram account with just under 100 followers), she is well aware of the pressures that come with being sporty.
‘Obviously I would love him to continue being so active as it could lead to good things. I do harbour a dream of him doing sport professionally or taking part in the Olympics for gymnastics, but I understand that the most important thing for now is that I have a healthy little boy and a fit kid.
‘I feed him as healthily as possible, but he always has his head in the fridge and loves ice cream. The most I can hope for at this stage is to feed him well and encourage him. Who knows what the future will hold?’