YES – You Can Consistently Workout for FREE

Yes you can consistently workout for free

Working with clients who are fighting hard to get out of debt has opened my eyes to something I’m a little ashamed of. For the ones that scrutinize every line item in the budget and negotiate most bills received, the ability to exercise at a well-equipped gym is a luxury and if you even think about mentioning that it’s possible to workout for free, alarm bells start ringing!     I’d ask the question, “Any gym membership to work in here?” and every time there’s a short terse response – “No.” That’s usually followed by a “Are you really serious with that question?” look. Then I’d follow with, “Have you considered trying to workout for free?” …Same look…   I won’t stop with other’s experiences. My wife and I agonized over whether or not we could afford a membership fee to the local YMCA. There was the exercise equipment, sure, […]

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Introducing a New Series on MikedUp Blog!!

    (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Well, we had a great thing going there… For 41 Friday’s in a row, we shared with you 2 of the greatest and 2 of the worst moments from a generous writer’s life to this point in MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series.   There were debt payoffs, ejections from your kid’s little league games, diagnoses, hot takes, suicide attempts, and everything in between…   I started the Wins and Losses Series for 1 reason alone – to learn from other’s experiences so that we could all improve together. And reflecting from the other side of this series, I’d say we accomplished that mission.   But I feel the time has come to close the chapter on the series.   It’s been a great run, but honestly – I’ve got something shiny, new, and (hopefully you agree) exciting to take its place!! […]

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Can’t Exercise When you Have the Kids?? Think Again

Can't Exercise When you Have the Kids?? Think Again

I’m not a stay-at-home dad but I’ve had a few Saturdays with Monica away at a baby/bridal shower and the girls staying home with me. On her way out the door there’s a quick rundown of the schedule, a couple of last-minute ‘don’t forgets,’ and the statement question – “You’re good, right?” I have her full confidence, no doubt, but she’s known me for over a decade and in the back of her mind she understands that I’m cooking up a list of easy exercises for me and the little ones to knock out while mom’s away.   I’ve got this whole, “lost 65 pounds, higher energy level, on-my-shoulder-whispering angel thing,” reminding me that I never miss a Monday and that I’ll need to squeeze at least a 30-minute workout into this day.   How, then, can I have a tremendous – memory generating – Saturday with my daughters and […]

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23 Proven Routines and Philosophies For the Best Version of Me

23 Proven Routines and Philosophies For the Best Version of Me #goals #routines #improvement #personaldevelopment

What would you have to do to discover the best version of yourself? Not just the fittest, the smartest, or the most socially responsible you – I’m talking about the total package… The best YOU. All-around. To unleash your fullest potential, you would need to design an incredibly healthy lifestyle prioritizing just the right amount of happiness, fitness, success, and freedom.   Over the last decade, I’ve been experimenting with different routines and philosophies to do just that – design a healthy lifestyle to unleash the best me   In this decade of experimentation (ages 22 – 32), I’ve lost 65 pounds and kept them off, started a business with my wife that provides for our family and the families of our employees, hiked the entirety of the most naturally diverse rainforest on earth (with 2 great buddies) in pursuit of my Master’s degree, became a father (twice over now […]

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Boost Your Health in 2019 – Tips to Look and Feel Great

Boost Your Health in 2019 - Tips to Look and Feel Great #sleep #stress #health #fitness

    I’m not getting any younger. And sometimes the aging dog needs to learn new tricks. That’s why when we rang in 2019, I sought out new answers to the question of ‘how to be healthy in 2019.’ Sure, I was maintaining my fitness, but we’ve got a new baby on the way and some other big changes ahead – and my fitness, health, and wellness arsenals needed restocking.   That’s why today I’ve asked Stephanie to help us with some tips:   Personal development and self-care gave Stephanie Haywood a boost when she needed it the most. She writes to share with us the gift of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-actualization to help us face life’s challenges.    Here is Stephanie’s answer to my question of how to be healthy in 2019   Every day you wake up is an opportunity for self-improvement. Make this year your Year of Change, […]

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Improve your Fitness With These Killer 10 Minute Workouts

Alright, here’s the deal. We’ve all got a bazillion things to do these days. Personally, I’m trying to be the best husband and father, grow our business, improve my blog, network, learn new things, yadda yadda… And if your priorities aren’t in line, it’s not too difficult to hit the “do-later” button when it comes to your workouts. But if we’re being honest, skipping the workout in favor of pretty much anything else can be a huge mistake. I’m no saint when it comes to knocking out hour and a half long workouts 5 days a week, but – when it comes to just needing to get something accomplished, I’ve turned to the 10-minute workouts below to get the job done.   “I hear you and 100% – yes, if we’ve got enough time to workout for an hour at a time a few days each week, that would be ideal.”   […]

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How She Lost 220 Pounds and Took Back Her Life

Alright… You caught me. I was procrastinating and scrolling through my Facebook feed a while back, just killing some time when I saw a friend of mine post, “This is how I lost 220 pounds in about 18 months!” The post was headlined by before and after pictures, and I literally did a triple take. 220 pounds!! That’s crazy, amazing, awesome, and … it had me wondering: what weight loss tips could she share for someone at the start of their journey?   Here are some of her before/after pics:     During her journey, Kate went from a size 4XL to a Medium and from a pant size 28 down to an 8/10 (depending on the pants 😉)   So I reached out to my friend (Kate) to ask if she’d be willing to share a bit of how she made it happen. She was stoked to share her tips and […]

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Is Hammer and Chisel worth your time?

weight loss with help from Hammer and Chisel

Brittany originally appeared on MikedUp Blog to discuss healthy lifestyle choices and the improvements she made in her life to lose A TON of weight. And she’s back today to tell us all the ins and outs of BeachBody’s newer at home workout program – Hammer and Chisel!   Beachbody The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit with Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev   Brittany is a rockstar in the fitness game (just look at her before/after pictures in this post and in the last), which is why I’m stoked to have her first-hand review of Hammer and Chisel!   Here is Brittany’s review of Hammer and Chisel!     When most people think of me at this stage in my life, a few things probably come to mind (or at least I hope they do haha)   I have a pretty active lifestyle, I have a strong positive attitude, […]

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2019 – My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for “The Year of Change”

2019 - My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for "The Year of Change" #growth #goals #2019 #personaldevelopment #dreams

2018 was busy… We moved our fledgling dental office, MikedUp Blog kinda-sorta exploded (positively), I worked 3 jobs for a while, got too stressed out, then rebounded again, we took on a ton of debt (willingly), our business grew, and (most importantly) – we found out that my wife is pregnant (with #2)!! Whew… I’m tired just from typing out that sentence. While all of those things are amazing (except for the stress – but that ended up being positive in the end), I knew that 2019 would need to be different if I plan to keep up at this pace. So in this post, I will introduce you to my goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2019 – “The Year of Change” (YOC).   Why am I branding 2019 as the Year of Change?   Well, because of a few things. Some big announcements and some smaller ones – some […]

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The business of fitness – with Mighty Mick

Mighty Micks is not only a gym in my hometown, but it is also a place to gather, improve together, and better our fitness levels as one group, one community, and… dare I say, one family. This is the story of my entrance into Mighty Micks and the man that brought it all together.     Yeah, honey… I had a good workout   I was in the living room, on the ground, staring up at the rotating blades of the ceiling fan. My heart was beating through my ribs and sending percussion waves to the glass of water on the table next to me (slight exaggeration). It was in the low 90s outside with what felt like 100% humidity. That, for some reason, seemed irrelevant during my earlier decision making process. Oh, and I was coming out of a 5 day’er (sickness) that came complete with fever, aches, pains, […]

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