In this weeks episode of 1614 Fitness – Exercise for Beginners, Mike talks about the importance of consistency and how it impacts your life. Whether it is in your fitness goals, career goals, or any other part of your life, consistency is the key to success. Mike compares two workouts, one that is high intensity and very difficult to complete to one that is lower intensity but with more realistic expectations. In most situations, the lower intensity is going to be more productive in the long run. Why is that? Consistency. If you are able to complete the high intensity work out, great. But if you can only complete it two or three times before you decide that it is too much and you quit all together, then you will be missing out. Setting more realistic goals for yourself that you can do consistently will set yourself up for success. Dialing things back a little bit won’t produce the same results in the short term, but you will be able to keep up with your work out and won’t get burnt out, allowing you to realize your goals in the long term. Mike also references a few clients that he preached his method of consistency to and discusses how it helped them achieve there goals.
In this episode, Mike takes a look at what success is. He explains that what might be successful for one person would be considered completely different for another person. Also, Mike finds that an individual’s definition of success changes depending on the circumstances in your life and also what stage you are in life. Success is derived from what goals you set in your life and your ability to reach them. And once you set one goal and reach it, then its time to set another one to continue to push yourself. A recent injury to Mike forced him to change his life goals as he learned to life with the aftermath of the injury. He doesn’t allow this change to get him down, instead he changed his frame of mind, and can still be successful – just in a different way. Mike talks about a few different clients and friends that have physical hardships that have had to redefine their vision of success because of these hardships. These people give Mike strength to deal with his recent injury and help him reframe his idea of success.
Mike continues in this episode with the final installation of the Stories from the Road story arch. He left off after sustaining a career ending injury that left him disappointed right as his career as Cheetah Master was taking off. Mike reflects on his previous experience in life and how he will eventually use that to build the successful career that he has today. As we know, he started out at Wilmington College pursuing a degree in radio. He interned at WMMR in Philadelphia at the peak of their existence as the number one rock radio station in America. He used his experience there to get a position at 97.7 WAFL where he realized that he didn’t like radio like he thought he would. His connections in the Delaware wrestling community led Blue Thunder to offer him a job at MBNA in customer assistance. Mike was eventually moved to a different area in the bank where he learned to manage a department and turn it into a profitable business. Here, Mike was able to learn all that he knew about running a business and expanding it to become profitable. Mike builds on this knowledge to finally achieve his goal of opening a gym. He submitted his business plan to a local bank who gave him the loan to start the business. After some more luck with naming the gym, everything seems to be working out for Mike and the team at 1614 Fitness.
Mike continues to explain his stories from the road in the third part of this series. We left off with Mike attending a Pro Wrestling event while working with the Delaware Department of Child Mental Health when he was faced with a decision he simply couldn’t turn down. Mike was pulled into the wild world of Pro Wrestling to help raise money for a little girl that needed an organ transplant. Mike, being the nice person that he is, agreed to do one show for the charity. Taking his residents there just like a normal night, Mike excuses himself during the show to head to the dressing room and get ready. When he runs out to wrestle in his match, his resident, Larry, recognizes him immediately and slaps him on the back in excitement, giving Mike one of the hardest shots that he has ever taken to this day. After the match, Mike was convinced that he needs to continue to participate to complete the story arch and his wrestling career is born. Mike adopts the name Cheetah Master and his persona grows as he continues to wrestle. This leads to films, TV shows, and touring up and down the East Coast. As Mike reaches the pinnacle of his career, with WWE calling for him to wrestle for them, tragedy strikes and Mike is forced to cope with it. Listen to this episode to find out what happens.
Mike continues on from the first episode about his passion for fitness came to be. After learning a tough lesson while in college, Mike found direction in his life that eventually led to him joining a gym, High Energy, in Newark, DE. Mike found that going to the gym was a great experience and an even better influence on his life. It was there that he made great relationships, business ideas, and life changes that kept him on the path he had recently carved for himself. While at the gym, Mike was referred to a position at the Delaware Department of Child Mental Health by another gym member after seeing his face in the paper. This job allowed Mike more financial freedom to continue his college education. It was while working at this position that Mike became more grounded and in control of his life with important advice from his superior, Herman. Mike was researching activities to reward the kids he was helping that eventually led to the next big step he takes in his life.
In this series of episodes, Mike explains how his passion for fitness got started as a young adult. He talks about the small events that happened in his life that seemed to give him direction, something that his life had been missing up to this point. Even when faced with a bad situation, life seems to have a way of working itself out as long as you are willing to work through it. Mike was taught the importance of a dollar after his life got off the tracks that were laid out for him. Mike found that when he was paying for college, classes became that much more important to him and he had a newfound drive to succeed in life. What was seemingly a bad situation taught Mike this valuable lesson that he could take with him for the rest of his life. After getting more stable on his feet financially, he received a call from his friend Tommy that sparked the interest in physical fitness that he still carries today.