6 reasons why supersets are God’s gift to your workout

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

  It seems to me that it’s getting more difficult to be a productive, happy, family oriented dude and still prioritize fitness. Maybe I’m getting a bit older (with more responsibilities – thanks adulthood) or maybe fitness isn’t as fun so it’s easier to save that one until tomorrow? In any case, I had to find a way to earn and sustain my level of fitness – to make sure I’m putting in the work but limiting my time in the gym due to all those other fatherly, workably (no – not a word), or other activities. Happening upon supersets helped me become a more efficient exerciser.   A superset is performing more than one set of an exercise in a row without stopping (i.e. doing 8 reps of bench press and then going immediately into some number of squats without pausing to catch your breath in between).     You […]

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15 Simple weight loss hacks that helped me lose 65 pounds

 (Photo by SMW) Losing weight and trying to keep it off is tough business. It takes determination, sacrifice, and a hard-nosed attitude that can say, “No man. I’m not eating that. Not today… I know I love cake but I’m not doing it!”   If you’re able to fight the devil on your shoulder and win more often than you lose, who knows – you may just find a brand-new version of yourself you never knew existed. That’s what I did, and I’m so grateful.     I was able to lose about 65 pounds, lower my blood-pressure from the ‘let’s watch this’ range to the ‘nice work’ range, and eliminate aches and pains associated with carrying around so much extra weight. It’s gotta be one of the top 5 things I’ve ever done.   Even better is the fact that we have 4 other people in our family who […]

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Fitness week workout – 25 minutes of fun

Hi Team!   Have you ever had trouble finding a short and focused workout that fits into your busy schedule and still gives you great results? If so, look no further! This is 25 minutes of fun.   Welcome to another Fitness Week at MikedUp Blog! This one is complete with a short – body weight centric – workout that really makes you earn some R&R when it’s all over.   I’ll explain the workout below, but when you’re checking out this week’s video you’ll get to see me and Caleb (1 of 3 brothers-in-law) going through the workout. Caleb is like me in that he’s a former/at times current athlete who played some sports in high school and college. Where he goes above and beyond is the fact that he’s currently in the Army National Guard, been deployed, served 11 years in the Army, and currently training to prepare […]

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The value of group fitness

I know from personal experience that guys can at times be intimidated by group fitness classes. You go to the gym, the Y, or wherever you go to workout and you walk by one of those rooms and all you tend to see are the ladies. “Are guys not allowed in that class? Will it be awkward if I’m the only one in there with a bunch of women? Maybe that’s more of the ’toning’ class when I’m looking for some of the ‘bulking’ variety.” These are thoughts that have gone through my head at some point in time. However, I am extremely grateful for my lack of caring when it comes to certain awkward situations – many types of group fitness classes have been amazing motivators, calorie burners, and drivers toward my overall fitness. If you’ve taken part then you know what I’m talking about. If not, here are […]

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Card workout challenge – Results

Hi team! Great work to all who stepped up to the Card Workout Challenge! You guys and gals crushed it this week… Nice job.   I was thrilled to hear the feedback and am glad that we had such a great turnout. The fact that so many people participated really had me motivated – it also gave me an idea…   We had such a great turn out this week that we may be working toward a fitness week each month. New workout for a new month – gotta keep the body guessing! Stay tuned for what’s ahead.   Thanks if you were one of us who took part, or if your finding this post later in time please feel free to try the challenge and let us know how you do.   I want to send a shout out to a new friend of mine, Tom (pictured below). We […]

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Card workout challenge day 2

Hi team! So… How’d it go?? Was the workout harder than you expected? Easier? Are you still working up the courage to try it out? Whatever the case, thanks for reading! I had people come up to me and say, “I’m in!” To which I responded, “That’s great…! for what?” People are excited about this. I hoped that would be the case but I’ll be honest – didn’t know what to expect. Thanks to all who are in or those who plan to start soon, I really love the feedback! Great work to all who are stepping up to the Card Workout Challenge! The results for my first two days of Fitness Week are in the table below. Also, feel free to check out the instructional video below if you didn’t see it last time. Stick with it! Talk later in the week, Mike   Day 1 Day 2 Time (minutes) 16:43 […]

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The card workout challenge

Welcome to Fitness Week at MikedUp Blog! This is a 100% affordable, portable, and adjustable workout that I most likely got from somebody (to that person – I apologize), and we are going to turn it into a challenge. I do this workout regularly when I don’t have a ton of time or a fancy gym to do kettle bell swings, ropes, or whatever other highly effective fad I’ve recently taken part in. This is the card workout. Workout explained first, challenge later.     What you need: A deck of cards, towel, stopwatch, water, and a propensity to sweat… a lot.   The workout: Start with your cards shuffled up. After you start your stopwatch, you will then simply draw one card at a time and the card will tell you what to do. First, the suit determines the exercise.   Card Suit Exercise Hearts Burpees (cardio & all […]

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Getting Started with Exercise? Never Miss a Monday

Do you know what percentage of your week is equal to 3 half hour workouts? 0.9%.   Let’s go bold and say we’re going to tackle four hour-long workouts. Throw in 15 minutes a piece for drive time. That’s 5 solid hours devoted to exercise and your overall health. Ok, 5 hours is a huge chunk of time, right? We couldn’t take that away from the kids, work, cocktail hour, Facebook, election coverage, or The Bachelor. That’d be ridiculous. What if I told you that is only 3% of your week? Could you sacrifice 3% – for you? Let’s come back to this.   I equate achieving some level of fitness to pushing a boulder up and over a hill. Standing at the bottom looking up seems daunting, insurmountable, and like a waste of time, I get it – but it’s possible. Also, once you reach the top it’s much […]

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