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Hi. My name is Steve.

I’m the rebel leader here at Nerd Fitness.  I help desk jockeys, nerds, and average Joes level up their lives.

Oh, and sometimes I do things that scare the crap out of me on my Epic Quest of Awesome.

Maybe you’re here because you’re overweight and frustrated because you haven’t found success quite yet. Maybe you’re here because your doctor told you that you’re in danger of some serious health issues if you don’t make changes.  Maybe you’re here because you just had a kid, and the reality that you being unhealthy could make THEIR lives more difficult just hit you like a ton of bricks.

Maybe you just want to wake up, look in the mirror, and feel better about yourself.

Whatever reason you have for being here, thank you.

My goal is to inspire the hell out of you to make positive changes and live a better life.  I want to educate you on how to work out properly, cook a decent meal, and consistently improve your health and well being.

The tagline for this site is “Level up your life, every single day.” If I do my job right, you’ll wake up every day a little healthier than you were yesterday – eat a little better, get a little stronger, run a little faster, and feel a little better about yourself.

As we’ve learned from Optimus Prime, small changes can eventually add up to huge results.

I want to share with you a few stories from people like you, normal men and women, young and old, often with families and children, and full-time desk jobs.  These are people that found a way to get in incredible shape while still doing all of the things they love.  These people followed the lessons learned from Nerd Fitness to level up their lives with pretty drastic results.

I’m showing you these stories because I want you to know that you’re not alone. Everybody tries to get in shape and fails many times before finally breaking through.  If you are willing to work hard, educate yourself, and stay consistent, you can achieve results that lasts for the rest of your life.

Here are some of my favorite success stories (with even more here):

You are capable of great things  If you’re interested in learning how you can start living better today, why not take the red pill and see how deep the rabbit hole goes?

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So, why Nerd Fitness?

I started exercising back in high school without really knowing what I was doing.  Through high school and college, I made every training mistake known to man and got zero results.

It wasn’t until I graduated college and learned the right way to train that I started to see positive changes.

So, I figured if I needed six years of mistakes to find success, there had to be thousands of others who were struggling to see positive change as well, whether it was weight loss or muscle gain.  On top of that, if I had been intimidated by gyms, a complete newbie in the kitchen, and completely overwhelmed by too much conflicting and confusing information, there had to be others who were paralyzed by these same thoughts….and I wanted to help.

I’m a nerd, I like fitness…so why not combine the two and turn life into one giant video game?

And thus, in the fall of 2009, NerdFitness.com was born!

The overarching theme of Nerd Fitness is to “level up your life, every single day.” Focus on getting stronger, getting faster, having fun, and eating right…and your appearance will start to change as a result of that.

I am NOT a fitness expert (though we do have one on Team Nerd Fitness!).  Although I have dedicated the past 12 years of my life to this stuff, I consider myself a student first and foremost. I run this site not from the perspective of a fitness guru with every degree known to man, but as normal guy down in the trenches with you – a nerd who sits at a computer all day long, loves to play video games, and really enjoys staying active while pushing myself to be in the best shape I can be.

If you want to lose weight, I can get you there.

If you want to build muscle and mass, I can get you there.

If you just want to feel better about yourself when you wake up in the morning, I can get you there.

Let me help you level up your life.

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The Nerd Fitness Training Philosophy

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Here’s the basic philosophy of Nerd Fitness in a nutshell (a more in in-depth philosophy can be found here):


We exercise because it’s fun. If the idea of running on a treadmill for three hours sounds miserable, then don’t do it!  If you don’t want to lift weights, don’t do it!  There are so many different ways to burn calories that any and all methods are acceptable, provided they get you results and put a smile on your face.  Yoga, karate, weight lifting, ultimate Frisbee, cycling, Belegarth, whatever it is – I want to help you find what it is that gets your heart racing, and help you get better at it.

Now, if you’re up for anything and want to burn the most calories in the most efficient manner possible, I’d recommend looking into starting with the Nerd Fitness Beginner Body Weight Circuit, and then progressing onto the Advanced Body Weight Circuit once you’re in good enough shape.  If you’re looking for more of a step-by-step guide, I’ve created a product specifically for busy people who want to get in shape with or without a gym membership: The Nerd Fitness Academy.

For the reasoning behind my strong belief in weight training, check out our Strength Training 101 article and our research on strength training vs. cardio (with an update here). 


We understand that 80% of our success in losing weight will be a direct results of what we eat.  I’m a huge fan of a Paleo or Paleo-ish diet (fancy terminology for eating REAL food) because I’ve seen it work not only for myself but for so many of our rebellion members and success stories. I also understand that sometimes our lives, jobs, and families often make it difficult to eat healthy 100% of the time, so we do the best we can with what we have in each situation.

To explain just how important your diet is to getting in shape, I recommend reading “How to Lose Weight Without Doing a Single Minute of Exercise.”  I’m not advocating doing zero exercise, but I just wanted to highlight how important eating well really is.  It comes down to a few basic steps:

  • Eat real food as often as possible.
  • Cut back on fake foods and processed foods.
  • Eat in moderation.


Now, possibly more important than both fitness and diet when it comes to getting in shape is your mental attitude. Gandalf said it best: “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”   Everybody can make excuses why they’re overweight and out of shape.  It’s the successful ones who shut their mouths, play the hand they’re dealt, and take care of business!

We all have lives, jobs, families, pets, friends, and more that can keep us from getting in shape.  Rather than use those things as excuses or shirk your other duties to get in shape, instead why not find a way to incorporate your changes into your daily life?

Your exercise and diet can become part of what you are, but not at the expense of who you are.

I’d love for you to join the rebellion and help us turn things around.

Sign up for the rebellion (it’s free!) and learn how to:

  • Build habits that actually stick
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Get healthy without a gym


The Nerd Fitness Rebellion


We’d love it if you would join the rebellion here at Nerd Fitness and start leveling up your life. You can sign up in any of the email boxes above, join our free forums, attend one of our events, or signup for any of our great courses like The Academy or Nerd Fitness Yoga.

If you’re struggling on how to get started, head on over to our Free Resources page, or put in your email below for free updates and two free ebooks!

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