The 2016 Fitness Race: Mike Huckabee


The 2016 Presidential election might be more than a year away, but the next presidential hopefuls are already coming to the forefront. The President of the U.S. is not only the leader of the free democratic world, but also an example to us, our children, and indeed the rest of the world. Because of this, presidents have a moral and ethical responsibility to serve as a good example – and this extends to the way they live their lives as well.

“The president’s job is a very stressful one that requires him or her to be on duty 24/7. The stress that they are exposed to can affect their health so drastically that if they don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, they can be subjected to any number of chronic illnesses – both physical and mental,” said HFR Founder Samir Becic. We are noticing an increase in healthy and fit heads of state in other countries who are becoming dominant world leaders. With this article we hope to make sure that our future president is healthy and fit in order to improve this country, so that it can continue to be a dominant force in the world for decades to come.

“Our future president will have much more competition than the previous presidents because of where the modern world is heading – and against other leaders whose views differ, such as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.” – Samir Becic

With this being said, HFR is politically neutral and not affiliated with any political party.

Here at Health Fitness Revolution, we did a combination of research on each of these politicians through various interviews, internet sources, library, industry literature and videos. This project was led by HFR founder Samir Becic, who is a leader in the industry and has knowledge and experience of over two decades as a health and fitness professional, coupled with his experience as a four-time No. 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.

Hopefully this motivates these presidential hopefuls to improve their nutrition, fitness and advocacy about healthy lifestyle in the next couple years – who knows, maybe in our next report card, we can give them all A’s! This list is ranked in alphabetical order and frequently updated:



Mike Huckabee has a family history of health issues, and was previously overweight at 280 pounds at age 47. He had aching knees, lost his breath going up flights of stairs, and according to his doctor, was on his way to an early grave. However, he went to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Weight Control Program, where they prescribed meal-replacement shakes of 800 calories. After losing 40 pounds in three months, he increased his calorie intake with vegetables and lean proteins. His health improved and he lost weight, and in 2005, ran a marathon in 4.5 hours. After losing more than 100 pounds, he also wrote a book titled “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” which contained a 12 “Stop” Program. He made obesity and healthy living a central issue in his political agenda in 2003-04. But in 2014, Mike looks to be gaining weight again.

Samir’s Report and Recommendations: I actually am very sad to see that after losing all that weight and being such a fitness enthusiast, Mike is gaining the majority of his weight back. Considering that he was a preacher, I recommend him to use his spiritual strength to improve his physical health again. Spiritual awareness is one of the key components of healthy lifestyle that impacts the whole body and rejuvenates the spirit. Considering he was in very good shape several years ago, he can do it again. But this time, rather than go from one extreme to the other, he should make healthy lifestyle a part of his daily life. He should follow his own example, much like the title of his book, “Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork,” and maybe ask his friend Chuck Norris to help him out 🙂  Again, I hope that he will change his lifestyle back to the one he had in 2004-05.

Please read our other articles:

Fitness Report Card for 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

Health and Fitness Is a Top Issue for the 2016 Elections

Top 100 Fittest U.S. Politicians

Top 10 Fittest Governors in America

Top 10 Fittest Senators

Top 10% Fittest Congress Members

Top 10 Fittest First Ladies in the U.S.

Fittest American Politicians

Top 10 Fittest Mayors in the U.S.

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