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Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

Valentine’s Day has just passed, but February is still all about the heart. Every year, the
American Heart Association celebrates Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease
and heart health. What you may not know is that martial arts are great for the heart. In fact, the cardiac benefits of martial arts give a whole new meaning to the idea of cardiovascular fitness.
With that in mind, here are some ways that taking martial arts classes can protect and
strengthen your heart.

The Ultimate New Years Resolution

The Ultimate New Years Resolution

Martial arts is an established system that can better the entirety of your being.
Whether you need mental benefits like furthering your discipline muscle, physical benefits like getting in shape, or maybe you’re just looking to make some new friends; martial arts is for you.  

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Bullying

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Bullying

Bullying has become an epidemic in recent years. Yes, there have always been bullies, and yes, those bullies have always caused serious and lasting damage to their victims; however, bullying in the 21st century has changed – and not for the better.

Sabotaging Martial Arts Training During the Holidays

Sabotaging Martial Arts Training During the Holidays

It's easy. Too easy. The delicious food is there, no one cares if you take another serving... Your martial training will, though. Sorry to be a grinch, but we're so close to making it through the holidays. Flex that discipline muscle and your training will thank you. 

Investing in Your Fitness to Benefit Your Martial Arts Training

Investing in Your Fitness to Benefit Your Martial Arts Training

If you're serious about continually improving your martial arts skill, it's important that you train holistically. It's with that in mind that I recommend investing in some strength and conditioning equipment. On a budget? Don't know where to start when building your own personal gym?

5 Health & Fitness Benefits of Martial Arts for Men

5 Health & Fitness Benefits of Martial Arts for Men

If you are looking for a way to improve your health or get in better shape, consider heading to our martial arts school. Martial arts could be the fitness solution that you have been searching for. Discover the benefits of martial arts for men’s health. 

Qualities of Successful Martial Artists and Athletes

Qualities of Successful Martial Artists and Athletes

Another listener email this week! Keep the questions coming, we love to hear from you! Mike and Caleb discuss the traits of successful people and lay out a couple of practical points to help you achieve your goals. Email us at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com. You can also connect with us on social media (@MEFPodcast). If you like our show please give us a review and share it with someone who might get a kick out of it!  We truly appreciate it.
Want to know more about what Caleb and Mike do? Check out their websites: HoodsMAA.com and NorthwestForge.org.  Be Healthy.  Be Safe.

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving (without Forgoing Fitness)

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving (without Forgoing Fitness)

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday. While many Americans look forward to Thanksgiving Day as an opportunity to eat whatever they want without counting calories, it’s important not to lose sight of fitness – even as you face down a plate of turkey with all the fixings. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving while also being true to your fitness and exercise goals.

Survival: Bug Out Bag

Survival: Bug Out Bag

You're welcome!  This week Mike and Caleb discuss what every person needs in his/her emergency preparedness kits (aka "Bug Out Bag").  Share this important information with everyone you care about!  Thanks for listening.  If you want to reach the guys, email them at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com, or on social media (@MEFPodcast).  Like, share, review.  Be Healthy.  Be Safe.

White Belt Moments

White Belt Moments

Mike and Caleb talk about their "white belt moments".  After listening to this week's episode, let us know what YOUR white belt moment was!  You can email it to ModernEraFitnessPodcast@Gmail.com, or send via social media (@MEFPodcast). Thanks for listening!  Want to help out the show? Give us a Like, Share, and Review.

You're in a Fight.... Now What?

You're in a Fight.... Now What?

In previous episodes, Mike and Caleb have discussed how to stay safe and keep yourself from being mugged.  This time, you've tried to avoid it, you've tried to calm the situation, but the fight is unavoidable, what do you do?!  Listen as Caleb shares some tips to help you end the fight and ensure safety.  Have questions or comments about this week's topic?  Email Mike and Caleb at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com, or contact them through social media (@MEFPodcast). Thanks for listening!

Sifu Caleb and Coach Mike Play 20 Questions

Sifu Caleb and Coach Mike Play 20 Questions

Time to gather around the campfire.  Mike and Caleb play a casual game of 20 Questions and learn a bit more about each other.  Listen as they talk about everything under the sun, including *but not limited to* fitness and martial arts.  Thanks for listening in.  If you enjoy, please like, share, and review.  If you have questions or comments, email the guys at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com, or contact them on social media (@MEFPodcast).  Be Healthy.  Be Safe.

Motivation, Age, and Fitness in Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Motivation, Age, and Fitness in Martial Arts and Self-Defense

This week on MEF, we have a special guest interview!  Mike and Caleb discuss age, self-defense, fitness, and motivation with special guest, Joey Hurt.  Listen in as Joey talks about what spurs him on in his martial arts and fitness training.  Have a question or show topic you'd like Mike and Caleb to explore?  Send them an email at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com, or reach them via social media (@MEFPodcast).  Give the show a like, share, and review to help spread the message of health and safety.  Thanks for listening!

The 80/20 Rule Applied to Training

The 80/20 Rule Applied to Training

Ever heard of the 80/20 principle?  Maybe.  Ever apply it to your martial arts journey?  You should.  Listen in as Mike explains how to get the most effectiveness out of your efforts and not waste your time.  Have a question for MEF?  Email them at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com.  You can also reach them on social media (@MEFPodcast).  Help us spread our message by becoming a patron on Patreon.com/modernerafitness, or by liking, sharing, and reviewing the show!  Thanks for listening.

Tracking Your Progress: Worth It

Tracking Your Progress: Worth It

It's vital that we write down our material as we learn it, affecting multiple parts of our brain.  It also provides a visual timeline of your progress and the material you've learned.  If you're just now starting your martial journey, don't wait!  Start journaling immediately.  The later someone starts, the more daunting the task seems. 

An Open Letter to All Martial Arts Instructors: On Politics

An Open Letter to All Martial Arts Instructors: On Politics

With the increased use of social media as a marketing tool, more and more martial arts schools and gyms are increasing their exposure to prospective students/clients.  Given the increase in public visibility, it's important to remember that "with great power comes great responsibility".

Plateaus in Training: How to stay the course when we don't see (or feel) progress

Plateaus in Training: How to stay the course when we don't see (or feel) progress

If you’ve trained in martial arts for an extended period, you’ve likely heard of, and likely experienced, the dreaded "plateau". We've been working hard, but not seeing the progress we once were. The same demon shows up in any self-improvement modality, whether it’s martial arts, strength training, competitive sport training, intrapersonal enrichment, meditation, etc.