Mission Statement

Man Up Now: Embrace The Iron

America faces an uncertain future. Our culture is rapidly shifting from a backbone of healthy, strong, hard-working, productive, brave, and intelligent men to decreasingly insignificant obese, chronically ill, lazy, unproductive, ignorant, cowardly, emasculated boys who never reach manhood.

Our present course is leading us towards dangerous, uncharted waters. The American economy falters. Our educational institutions are the joke of first world nations. Our health-care system continues to spiral out of control. Our civil government is composed of self-serving baboons. Our churches are effeminate and ineffective. Our homes are fractured and our boys are “failing to launch.” A growing number of Americans acknowledge these problems, but feel helpless, and clueless, what to do about it.

We believe in addressing the difficulties one man at a time.

Man Up Mississippi is both a research and educational organization. Our purpose is to define and refine manhood.

1. Defining Manhood:

  • to delineate the importance of manhood
  • to understand the causes of the decline in American Manhood
  • to understand the effect of the decline in American Manhood on society: the individual, the family, the church, the business world, the military, and civil government

2. Refining Manhood:

  • to educate and challenge men through lectures, classes, boot camps, and one-on-one sessions to be healthy and fit, intelligent and productive, confident and resilient, productive and virtuous leaders of their realm
  • to further educate and challenge our members and Boot Camp graduates through an exclusive blog and forum

Embrace The Iron

Our company motto has a specific meaning, as well as several metaphorical meanings. Iron is used extensively to represent strength. Weightlifting is often referred to as "pumping iron." In the Bible, iron is often symbolic of natural truth.

Our idea came from the conversation between Josey Wales and Chief Ten Bears in the movie, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Ten Bears said, "It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life...or death. It shall be life"

So embracing the iron is simply holding on to the old iron words and truths, many of which have become unpopular due to political-correctness. These words of iron will be words of life to some. Unfortunately, they will be words of death to most.

Man Up Boot Camp

There are many organizations which provide health and fitness boot camps. There are many self-improvement gurus offering motivational seminars. There are countless blogs dedicated to manhood issues, the red pill movement, brain health and aging concerns, digital detox, better parenting, better marriages and sex life, and so forth. It is like the modern health care system where you go here to the cardiovascular doctor, there to the dermatologist, here to the nutritionist, there to the podiatrist. We are not necessarily criticizing these various disciplines but sometimes the modern medical profession tends to focus so intensely on compartmentalized things, they seem to forget the interrelationship effect these parts have on the whole. You really wish you could go to one doctor who could address the overall health of your body like the old school doctors could.

Man Up Mississippi is the only organization that provides Cohesive Lifestyle Training. It is a whole mind-body-soul experience addressing what it means to be a real man and how to achieve greater manliness in all spheres of your life, which will have the added benefit of producing a powerful effect on those around you. Our goal is to challenge graduates to:

  • look deep into their soul and find their manhood
  • leave Man Up Boot Camp with a passionate desire to be a better man, a better father, and a better husband – to be the protector, provider and leader of his family as God intended
  • leave Man Up Boot Camp with a desire to maintain a healthy and fit manly body as well as a sharp, confident and resilient mind.
  • leave Man Up Boot Camp dedicated to raising his sons in a manly fashion

Man Up Mississippi Local Training & Online Resources

For those nearby, Man Up Mississippi  provides local training which includes periodic lectures and workshops. Admittance is free for our members. We also maintain a blog and a membership forum. Beginning in 2018, we will host events to promote manly outdoor endeavors.

Man Up Mississippi Physical Fitness Training

We have on staff an ACE-certified Personal Trainer who is also certified as a Weight Loss Management Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Mind/Body Specialist, and TRX Suspension Trainer. In 2018, we will have two more staff members certified. Man Up Mississippi also has a program called BMI25+. It is specifically devoted to our overweight men who have a desire to improve their health . It is also called the "Health At Any Size" Program because the focus is not on losing weight, but rather making healthy diet choices and beginning a fitness program designed around your schedule and goals. At Man Up Mississippi, we are more concerned with health and functional mobility than with shredded abs.

Our vision of is to change the world…one man at a time.


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