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Wake Up Your Workout

When temperatures fall and you move your workout routine indoors, keep the intensity high with one of these kick-ass options.

Photo courtesy of MSP Polar Bear Plunge

Photo courtesy of MSP Polar Bear Plunge

Spartan Strength: The name alone should hint at what you’re signing up for. This performance gym gives you a total body workout with emphasis in kettlebell circuits. Workouts are split into three-day rotations of strength, cardio and recovery to improve speed, agility and endurance. Check out Spartan Strength here.

MMA: Combining the fitness benefits of an MMA fighter with the perk of not having to lose any teeth in the ring, MMA workouts offer a dynamic perspective to your workout routine. Mixing elements of wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and karate into one workout, MMA will have you feeling like a champ in no time. To find an MMA gym near you, check out this helpful link.

CrossFit: If you’re looking for a workout program with a competitive edge, CrossFit is where you should be. Short, high-intensity workouts of sprinting, rowing, rope jumping, weight lifting, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars and box jumps (just to name a few) will speed up your fitness goals. Once you’ve mastered the CrossFit workout, you can take your skills to the CrossFit Games, where you can move from open competition to regionals to the world championship Check out CrossFit here and the CrossFit Games here.

Boxing: Don’t lie—every guy has dreamed at one time or another of running up a set of stairs and pumping the air in victory just like Rocky Balboa. Well, now you can, too, with a boxing workout. Boxing’s combination of cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength training make it an ideal workout for anyone looking for a new take on getting fit. If you’ve ever wanted to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, find a boxing gym near you. 

Also, be sure to read “Are You Man Enough” in our digital magazine, now ready for download for the iPad, iPod and the Galaxy SIII.

Jack Taylor Breaks NCAA Record

He shoots, he definitely scores. Jack Taylor, a sophomore guard at Grinnell College, broke an NCAA record last night by earning 138 points in a single game. He crushed the previous record of 113 points and is now being praised by pros such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Check out this interview from the Today Show to find out more about Jack and his fantastic feat.

Video courtesy of Jack Adams

Man Up Cheesesteak

The next time you find yourself staring into the fridge, don’t settle for the old ham-and-cheese sandwich. Try our Man Up Cheesesteak for a real meal. The best part about this mouthwatering beast is that it’s easy, filling and promises to please any meat-lover. For more simple and satisfying meals, check out our Cook Ease recipes in our iPad edition, coming out December 5.

 

Man Up Cheesesteak

Man Up Cheesesteak

Makes: 2 Cheesesteaks

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

½ pound of Ribeye steak (thin cut)

¼ Yellow Onion (chopped)

¼ Green Bell Pepper (Sliced)

Mushrooms (chopped) (optional)

Jalapeños (optional)

4 Slices of Provolone Cheese  

2 Hoagie rolls or Deli Rolls

Cooking oil

Seasoned salt or your choice of seasoning for steak (we used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt)

 

Instructions 

1. Heat a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Cover the bottom of the pan completely with a thin layer of oil and add onion, green pepper, and mushrooms. Cook until tender (about 3 minutes) and set vegetables aside.  

 

2. Add meat to the pan and shake seasoning on meat. Using two spatulas, chop the meat into smaller pieces and cook until no longer pink (about 4 minutes).

  

3. Warm or toast rolls on a separate pan over low heat (about 3 minutes) and mix meat with vegetables. Separate the mixture into two. Place 2 slices of cheese on top of each pile. Cover pan until cheese has melted (about 1 minute).

 

4. Using a spatula, pick up a pile of meat and cheese and place into roll.     

 

Recipe Courtesy of Culinary Man Robert Garcia  

Q&A with FIFA Commentator JackAttack45

Playing video games started off as a stress-reliever and fun hobby for Jack Adams. Two years ago, he realized others were interested in how he played FIFA and decided to share his commentary with the YouTube community. Man Up sat down with Jack, known to his YouTube, Facebook and Twitter followers as Jackattack45, to learn how he turned his passion for gaming into something bigger: 49K subscribers and almost 10K Twitter followers.

Q: What was your motivation to start a continuous FIFA commentary on YouTube?

A: I like doing commentaries, and I play lots of FIFA, so I figured, why not?

Q: What are the requirements to start a commentary channel?

A: Basically anyone can do it if they have an interest in making videos and getting opinions on YouTube, learning what goes into making each video and how to do it. 

Q: How do you keep your channel alive and your subscribers interested?

A: I think it’s more based on what my subscribers comment and what they want to see. I normally post things that I enjoy, so if I enjoy making the video I’m pretty sure they will enjoy it as well. Basically anything new and different that people haven’t seen goes over well.

Q: With 49K YouTube subscribers and almost 10K Twitter followers, you’ve gained quite a following with your commentary. Would you keep doing it if you had fewer followers?

A: I think so. Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s tough to get started, but it’s fun to have people to hang out with and to make some friends who also love FIFA.

Q: What goes into making one video?

A:  First you have to get all the footage from a few hours of FIFA game play using an HD-PVR (personal video recorder). I usually play a couple of games with a squad or build a squad, or trade [players]. Once I have that footage, I use Sony Vegas to edit all my clips together. Normally, I have about an hour of footage that I edit down to about six minutes. I make sure everything is clipped together correctly before adding transitions and titles — if necessary — and make sure everything flows together well. Then I add commentary using Audacity, put my audio clips with my video then render it and upload to YouTube. The entire process takes anywhere from 3-5 hours per video. 

Q: What is your involvement with the gaming community outside of YouTube?

A: EA Sports, who makes FIFA, is very cognizant of our opinions, and they like to hear what we have to say about games. They fly people out to EA Canada, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) or just a gaming conference in general to get feedback on their products. It’s nice to have somewhat of a say in how the game is developed and what happens in future games.

Q: What advice do you have for others who would like to gain a following on YouTube?

A: I would say be confident in what you are doing. If something doesn’t work, make sure to ask for feedback. It’s always about improving what you do and what your audience wants. Network with people in the community, and share ideas. Most importantly, enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, it’s not going to show in your videos, and that’s really the main thing.

How to Talk to Your Boss

Making conversation with your boss can be uncomfortable. Whether you’re riding together in the elevator or passing each other in the hallway, there are plenty of opportunities to say the wrong (or right) thing. We talked to three human resources specialists from Merit Resources in Des Moines, Iowa, to give us the inside scoop on how to pitch yourself effectively without sounding like a bumbling idiot.

 

Stay Professional

“If you let yourself get too casual with a boss, it may cause them to question whether or not you can maintain your professionalism with co-workers or customers,” says Stephanie Gott. Showing interest in your boss’s outside life, like hobbies or family, is fine. But commenting on vacation photos from Facebook takes it too far. Being too intrusive will also cross the line into unprofessional.

 

Read Cues

Your boss’s time is valuable, and reading his or her body language can be very useful before approaching him or her to talk. “Look at non-verbal cues, like if they are walking quickly, rushing around in the break room or just casually perusing the newspaper,” says Kellie Greiner. “If you initiate communication, keep it simple and allow your boss to dictate where the conversation goes.”

 

Plug In

“Be knowledgeable about new clients, work projects or business activities so you can make a concise but meaningful comment,” says Dennis Peterson. Having a couple of topics in your back pocket will keep you from rushing to fill an awkward silence with random small talk. “If you don’t think what you’ll say can improve upon the silence, then perhaps don’t say anything at all,” Greiner says. “A smile can go a mile.”

 

Party Flavors: Lasagna Cups

Impress the gang with these easy-serve alternatives to traditional pan lasagna. You’ll spend extra time assembling the individual pieces in muffin pans, but baking takes just 10 minutes, so you can keep the hot treats coming. The individual cups also make it easy to accommodate your vegetarian friends. Plan for two to three cups per person.

Ingredients:

• 1 package lasagna noodles

• ½ pound ground beef

• Cooking spray

• 4-ounce can of diced mushrooms

• 15-ounce package ricotta cheese

• 12-ounce jar of marinara sauce

• 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

• ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. Cook lasagna noodles following package directions. Drain and let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, cut each noodle into four squares. Set aside.

3. Cook ground beef over medium heat until brown. Drain grease.

4. Drain and chop the mushrooms.

5. Lightly coat muffin tin (we used a 12-cup pan) with cooking spray.

6. Layer two pieces of noodle on the bottom of each tin. Push down on the noodles with a spoon so they stick together.

7. Add about a tablespoon of ricotta cheese on top of the noodles. Spread evenly.

8. Add about a tablespoon each of sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta.

9. Add about a tablespoon each of the cooked ground beef and mushrooms on top of the sauce and mozzarella.

10. Top with another noodle.

11. Top with a dollop of sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

12. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

 

Find this recipe and another festive favorite in the article “Cook Ease,” part of the Man Up magazine app for the iPad. Download it for free here.

Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard Brewing Company, located in Kansas City, Mo., is the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States. Well-known for its brews such as Pale Ale and Unfiltered Wheat Beer, the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest, Boulevard has been producing unique-tasting beer since 1989. Andy Jenkins, Community Relations Manager of Boulevard, gave Man Up an inside look at the production and packaging process at the factory in Kansas City. Jenkins discusses the return to craft brewing and its benefits for Boulevard and the country as a whole. If you’re looking to take the brewing business to your own turf, you’ll want to download our digital magazine for the best tips on home brewing.

Your Ultimate Denim Guide

Denim jeans are timeless. And they’re also incredibly easy to put on in the morning. As the temperature outside is dropping and you’re starting to pull out those sweaters, spruce up your denim wardrobe with these trendy pieces. And whether you’re penny-pinchin’ or living the high life, these jeans will make you feel like a million bucks.

 

Save:

$19.95, H&M: This straight leg jean is good for any body type. With a regular-rise waist and washed denim look, the slimmer fit will look modern. And the price tag doesn’t hurt, either.

H&M 19.95

Photo courtesy of H&M.com

 

Spend:

$89.95, Gap: Straight leg jeans are popular this season, and the raw wash looks good on anyone. The ever-comfortable Gap jeans are the perfect go-to for any occasion.

Photo courtesy of Gap.com

Splurge:

$192, J. Brand: These classic J. Brand jeans come in a regular wash and a regular rise. These jeans are versatile because they are perfect for kicking back and watching sports or running errands with your girlfriend. A regular fit for a regular guy.

J Brand

Photo courtesy of JBrandJeans.com

 

Man Up Eggnog

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No holiday get-together is complete without the obligatory eggnog drink. But our special recipe–complete with freshly grated nutmeg and nutty cognac–is sure to bring a smile to even the fiercest eggnog-opposers’ faces. Plus, you can whip it up in less than ten minutes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our hands on those moose glasses from the infamous scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but we think the drink can speak for itself.

Man Up Eggnog

Man Up Eggnog

Makes: 5-6 servings

Prep: 5-10 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of store-bought eggnog
  • ¾-1 1/3 cups of cognac (Spiced rum works, too.)
  • 1 cinnamon stick per glass
  • Sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg over each glass

 

Instructions

  • Pour store-bought eggnog into large bowl
  • Measure desired amount of cognac into liquid measuring cup, and pour into the bowl along with the eggnog. Whisk the eggnog and cognac together until well-blended.
  • Place a full cinnamon stick in a glass. Fill the glass with the eggnog.
  • Using a nutmeg grater, grate the nutmeg over the top of the glass.
  • Enjoy responsibly!

Gifts for Your Girl

It’s about that time of year again. The time when your girlfriend’s dropping hints about what she wants for Christmas, sales clerks are becoming a little pushier and you are really wishing you could just exchange cards. We bring you six foolproof gifts your girl will love; no hassle required.

 

Cozy Knits

She’ll love to wrap up in these chunky sweaters on a cold winter movie night.

$24.99 from Target

Target knit

Photo courtesy of Target.com

 

Sparkle & Shine

The gift of jewelry doesn’t have to mean dropping a huge wad of cash. These Cosmic Dust earrings are a great stocking stuffer, and much less serious than a bona fide diamond.

$16.00 for a set of three from Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Earrings

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters

 

Treat from the Kitchen

This fondue set is the perfect excuse for a sexy date night. All you need is chocolate, strawberries and candlelight.

$28.99 from Amazon

Amazon fondue set

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

 

Jam Sesh

Okay, so you may not want to be around while your partner is listening to Michael Bublé on repeat, but any woman would love this collection of six albums.

$44.99 from iTunes

Buble set

Photo courtesy of MichaelBuble.com

 

For the Home

These carved wood string lights are charmingly rustic strung outside on a porch or indoors to give the house a festive vibe.

$16.99 from World Market

World Market string lights

Photo courtesy of WorldMarket.com

 

Sexy Scents

Both you and your lady will appreciate this Pure Seduction body set. Because women don’t just naturally smell like red plums and freesia, despite what you may believe.

$30 from Victoria’s Secret

Victorias Secret Kit

Photo courtesy of VictoriasSecret.com

 

 

 

Welcome to Man Up!

December 2, 2012

ManUpMagazine.com is more than a collection of food, entertainment and career advice. It’s a conversation starter for men like you who are looking for laughs, life tips or answers to your everyday questions. Watch as we take it one step further in our digital magazine, available for download on the iPad, iPhone and the Galaxy SIII. Whether you’re looking to move up in the business world or trying to find the best apps to suit your lifestyle, Man Up magazine will have something for you. We’ll show you why Man Up keeps you clever, confident and constantly improving.