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Get healthy, lose weight, and level up your life with other rebels from around the world.

Hey, I’m Steve Kamb, creator of Nerd Fitness, and I got sick of all the sleazy fitness scams, supplements, and infomercials.

So I did something about it, and started Nerd Fitness, a community with real info for real people. For the past five years, I’ve helped hundreds of thousands of men and women start making positive changes that last.

This isn’t a get-fit-quick scheme: those things are designed for one thing only: to take your money. Instead, it’s a fun, step-by-step blueprint and a philosophy that focuses on actual results.

We call it the Nerd Fitness Academy: a fitness course that allows you to gain experience, complete quests, and level up your life.

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And you know the best part? It works.

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We’ve got even more great transformations later…

What the heck is the Nerd Fitness Academy?

The NF Academy is an online, self-paced course and fitness “quest” tracking system with over 5,000 students from every corner of the globe.

We focus on building sustainable kick-ass habits, not only in your nutrition and workouts, but also in your confidence, appearance, and mindset.

Think of us as an anti-school of sorts, like the X-Men Academy, AKA “Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.”

Most schools churn out carbon copy clones of people who follow the rules and conform to the mainstream.

Not us.

Instead, we teach you how to develop your super powers**, get in shape, look better, get stronger, lose weight, feel better about yourself, and kick serious ass.

Oh, and have a damn good time doing it.

**Disclaimer: Nerd Fitness is not liable for any superpowers developed during this course.

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Join the most amazing and powerful fitness community online. Yah, accountability!

Stop guessing. We’ll tell you EXACTLY what to do.

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Exactly how to break down your old habits and replace them with new hacks that’ll ensure your success.
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Exactly what to eat, how to prepare it, and when to eat it. Level up your diet step-by-step.
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Exactly how to train for strength – with or without a gym – and how that’ll unlock better results than you’ll ever get on a cardio machine.

Sounds fun… Who will be teaching me?

My name is Steve Kamb, creator and founder of Nerd Fitness and The Academy, and I’ll be one of your professors for this self-directed, self-paced course.

I’ve been obsessed with health and fitness for the past 13 years and truly dedicated to the cause for over six years. I live for this stuff and can’t wait to help you get stronger, happier, and…yup…look better naked.

In five years I’ve taken Nerd Fitness from a simple one-man blog and developed it into a passionate “Rebellion” of over 200,000 email subscribers and over 1.5 million monthly visitors. I’ve also had the pleasure to guest lecture at Google, Facebook, and give a TEDx talk about our approach to fitness.

Now, you’re probably wondering “well, Professor Kamb, that’s great and all, but I’m a woman…and there are certain aspects of training and getting healthy that you’ll never understand…because you’re a dude.”

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Hi, I’m Steve!


Luckily for you, I’ll be co-teaching alongside Professor Staci Ardison, AKA the Master of Deadlifts, AKA our Head Women’s Professor.

Staci transformed her life over the past few years, and has since become a role model to tens of thousands of women that have discovered her story on Nerd Fitness. Seriously, she gets recognized walking down the street now!

After exhausting herself with HOURS and HOURS of cardio machines and treadmills, she finally saw her life change when she fell in love with strength training.

She now spends her days as the Rebel Ops leader for all of Nerd Fitness – continually inspiring women AND men alike to train hard, eat clean, and adapt positive habits for the long-term.

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It’s me, Staci!

What Kind of Stuff Will I Learn in the Academy?

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This course has a one-time payment which gives you LIFETIME ACCESS to all future updates and new content.

Great question. I knew you were smart!

I would love to take personal credit for the growth of Nerd Fitness, but I can’t. The secret lies in our powerful community of like-minded nerds, desk jockeys, and average people from around the world.

Together with the community, Staci and I have boiled down the basics of our approach and created a self-paced online course that will provide you with EVERY SINGLE TOOL you need to change your life, starting right now.

We’ve broken down the academy into several sections: Mindset Module, Nutrition Module, Fitness Module, Workouts, Private Forums, Bonuses, and our new Quest Tracking and leveling feature.

Come with us and we’ll take you through each of the different sections – all mapped out below in detail.

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Mindset Module – We’ll cover things like habit building, proper motivation, accountability, the right mental attitude to be successful, and more. There is so much more to losing weight than just treadmills and calorie counting. I’m going to teach you how to MENTALLY prepare for a leveled-up life.
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Nutrition Module – Eating and nutrition advice that ACTUALLY helps you reach your goals. Whether you are trying to lose weight, build muscle, or increase energy (or all the above!) we have you covered. We will set you on a path that keeps you healthy and happy for years, not just a few weeks.

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Fitness Module – Here we’ll show you how, where, and when to train and workout. Our approach works with men and women of any age and of any size. We tell you exactly what equipment you need, whether you work in a gym, outdoors, or at home. You’ll be comfortable and confident in any environment.
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Specific Workout Plans – We have dozens of step-by-step workout plans that will keep you busy for years. Our plans are designed broken into Bodyweight, Dumbbell, and Barbell workouts – meaning no matter where you are or what you have access to you can always have a strength-focused workout (no excuses now!).

Track your progress, gain experience, and level up!

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Our newest feature is the first step in what will be the future of Nerd Fitness!

Ultimately, we know that if you are able to make this process fun and have a system for tracking your progress step-by-step as you go – that you are FAR more likely to see faster results.

With that in mind, we’ve developed a way for you to customize your own character, choose a class (or training style you prefer), and complete specially-designed quests as you go.

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As you’d expect, knocking off our quests grants you experience points which literally allow you to level up as you progress through the course and the workout plans. This is the most fun way we know to show you the next step to getting to your goals.

As we continue to expand, we’ll be able to offer team quests and challenges to motivate and challenge your progress as you go.

Whether you are working on walking for 5 minutes or signing up to run a triathlon, we’ve got quests that’ll help push you to the next step.

120+ HD Exercise Videos Teach You Each Movement

Screen-Shot-2013-12-22-at-1.27.38-PM-713x401We know that sometimes the first step is simply knowing HOW to go about doing a specific movement or exercise.Our exercise glossary has over 120 individual videos that show you step-by-step how to complete a given movement with proper form. These are in high-definition and contain multiple angles when needed.

Best of all, these work on any device – meaning that a quick check of your form while in the gym (or a quick review of all the movements before you start) is easy while on the go.

We also give you the written steps as well – just in case you want to skim without watching each individual video.

We want you to complete every exercise with the confidence that you’re doing things properly.

Not only that, but every one of our workout plans has a section to help you scale the movements up or down in intensity and difficulty.

Can’t do a pushup yet? We’ve planned for that. We show you how to scale you pushups to knee pushups (or incline pushups… or even wall pushups) as you are getting started.

Later, as you may look to add intensity, we provide ways for you to scale UP each exercise to make it push you even harder. Again, all with HD videos of each progression.

So no matter where you are starting – or what knowledge you may have of exercise movements and form – we are here to walk you through each step and get you ready to rock!

We’re Just Getting Started… Lots More…

Private Member-Only Message Boards:

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In the forums section of the Academy, you can meet and get held accountable by hundreds of like-minded, passionate rebels on the same journey you are.

Regardless of your goal, I guarantee there are people in these forums who’ve been there and done that – and many more who are working towards it.

We have separate boards for men and women, so depending on which Academy you enlist in below, you’ll be able to share your journey, pictures, and details with rebels of your same gender.

Ask Steve and Staci your questions live!

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Have a question that you’d like us to answer? We’ll have regularly scheduled Q&A’s available only to members in the Nerd Fitness Academy.

Fair warning: I may dress up as a pirate!

We also have recording of all past Q&A’s – and will post any future ones you can’t make it to in the Extras section of the Academy for you. (You can email or send in your questions ahead of time and we’ll answer them even if you aren’t there live).

This is a great way to be able to not only hang out with us in chat every few months, but to make sure you are customizing the content for application in YOUR life.

Healthy Recipes and Meal Plans

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Our Nutrition Model is also packed with several dozen healthy recipes (and our library of recipes is always growing when Rebels submit their own specialties).

We’ve broken these down in Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, and Snacks. Many of our students see the best results finding 1 or 2 specialties for each meal. For example, learning just two different healthy, quick options for breakfast can literally change your entire day right off the bat.

And sometimes we know it’s easier to not have ANY choice at all! In that case, we have a sample Meal Plan that you can apply as well. Just download, purchase the list, and know in advance what you need to cook.

Downloads and Specialty Guides

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Throughout the course, we’ll also have downloads for you to print and make this journey easier (and more fun). For example, our shopping “cheat sheet” is here to the right.

We designed this for you to print, take the store, and quickly use as a reference for what foods are GOOD, just meh (or in moderation), and STAY AWAY from if you can. No second guessing, before you put an item in the cart – just check the handy cheat sheet.

We’ve also added bonus mini-guides for “Road Warriors” (or eating/working out when traveling) and our “6 Week Get Fit Plan” for those of you that want to go a little extreme leading up to a vacation, wedding, or special event.

Inspiring Interviews With Helpful Men and Women…

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For our Men’s Academy…

Anthony Mychal, my own personal coach, specializes in helping “skinny fat guys” lose the gut and build muscle – but loves helping everyone get strong and feel great.

Vic Magary, who helped co-write our old ebooks, discusses how to train when you are completely new to the lifestyle and specialty concerns for men over 40 who train.

Nate Green is an ex-gym junkie, who explains why life in the gym isn’t the most important thing anymore, shares his own story, and tells us what *is* important now.

Leo Babauta is the creator of one of the most popular blogs of all-time (Zen Habits). Leo teaches how small, tiny changes in habits can lead to drastic lifestyle transformations.

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For our Women’s Academy…

Molly Galbraith shares how she went from overweight in college to a competitive figure model with lessons on happiness and health.

Tamara Lackey talks about mental heath and how to exercise when you don’t have the energy. She’s also vegan and shares how to get enough protein despite not eating animal products.

Nia Shanks explains why the scale can be so frustrating and how to get maximum results with minimum effort. Her rant on the mainstream women’s fitness industry is priceless!

Amy Clover shares how she overcame her clinical depression and attempted suicide through a rebirth into fitness and health – and how building inner strength was just as important as the outer.

Michelle Tam makes cooking healthy meals fun again, the best ways to get started, and how to overcome common excuses.

100% Money back guarantee!

My goal with this course is to help you get in the best shape of your life and feel good about yourself. If you happen to develop a super power as a result, I’m okay with that too.

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I’m confident that if you follow the advice and workout plans, you WILL see results.

However, if for any reason after six weeks the Academy isn’t for you, just let us know, and we’ll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked. Super simple.

Once you buy the course, you have until…the end of time* to let me know that it’s not for you. Seriously. If it doesn’t work for you, I don’t want your money, and I will gladly help you find another solution that will work for you.

*Note: “End of Time” clause is void should a full scale Zombie Apocalypse occur.

How much does it cost?

A one-time payment of $99 gets you full, immediate access to the entire Academy, all bonuses, the quest tracking, and all future updates (for life).

You’ll receive the Mindset module, Nutrition Module, Fitness Module, All 19 Workouts (for any situation), and demonstrations of every exercise in HD.

You’ll also get access to the member only Message Boards for your gender, all recipes, the meal plan, the grocery shopping cheat sheet, all of the interviews, the 6-week “Get me in shape quick” workout plan, Live Q&As, and the road warrior workout and nutrition plans.

Basically, we make it really simple.

Invest once, get 100% access to everything for the rest of your life. (And we’re only getting started!)

It’s All Included…

For the one-time payment of ($99), you get lifetime access to:

  • Mindset Module – Build your environment of accountability and results.
  • Nutrition Module – What to eat, when to eat it, and how to prepare/consume it.
  • Fitness Module – How to train anywhere (home, outdoors, or gym) with complete confidence.
  • Workout Plans - 19 step-by-step workout plans. Over 120 exercise videos show exactly what to do.
  • NEW – Quest Tracking System - Choose your class, finish your quests, gain experience, and literally level up using our new system!
  • Private Accountability Forums – A forum for progress, support, feedback, and meeting new like-minded friends.
  • Live Video Q&A – Access to live Q&A’s with Steve and the Nerd Fitness team.
  • Healthy Recipes – Step-by-step instructions to equip you to be able to whip up fast, healthy meals.
  • Grocery Cheat Sheet – Our cheat sheet shows you what to buy, what to avoid, and what you can splurge on (occasionally).
  • Specialty Workouts – For when you are traveling or have a rare event (wedding or vacation).
  • Inspiring Interviews – Experts who can help your journey and everyday people who’ve found success.

Rebels of All Shapes and Sizes are Leveling Up!

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Frequently Asked Questions…




Is this an eBook? I’m confused.

Nope this isn’t an ebook (or a series of ebooks)! This is an online course that you will log into and learn from at your own pace.

From 2011 – 2013, we had ebooks available, but choose to evolve them into this platform so we could expand, upgrade, add forums and questing features that we never could’ve before.

By creating this Academy instead of an eBook, we have an opportunity to continually update, expand our tracking and gaming features, and add new contents and workouts easily to help push you.

I won’t know how to do any of the exercises – will this be too hard?

We’ve designed the Academy, from the ground up, to give you the VERY next step to complete no matter where you are starting. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised a single day in your life, we’ve had Rebels who started walking just a few minutes a day in the beginning.

Our system is easy, start at the very beginning and move through each section one small step at a time. We make it fun – you’ll be gaining experience and watching your progress as you level up!

Once you get more comfortable, the workouts and quests scale for even the most intense competitors out there. There is a reason we’ve got so many quests and so many levels, you’ll be able to keep leveling up for a long time to come!

I’m vegetarian (or vegan), will this still work for me?

The Nutrition Module of this course is primarily grounded in a nutritional plan of whole foods which includes meat. Our meal plans and recipes will not all be adjustable to your exact diet needs in all cases.

However, the good news is EVERY other part of the Academy gives it’s full benefit. The Mindset and Fitness Modules, all the workouts, the bonuses, the community (which does include vegetarians and vegans), the quest features – all will still work 100% for you.

With a few adjustments away from meat – and a focus on getting ample amounts of protein from plant-based sources – you can still see great results and fit right in.

I want to join now, but I’m super busy and can’t start for a few weeks!

That’s fine! Get on it here!

You have LIFETIME ACCESS to this course. It’s self paced. And we will be constantly updating and improving it. So if you tend to take things slower than others (which we actually recommend when starting), or you have to take a break due to whatever reason, you can pick back up where you left off, when you’re ready.

We exist to help you, on your schedule, level up YOUR life.

So we’ve built the system to be adaptable to any pace!

Remember, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Why not try something different, and see if The Academy works for you. I look forward to the opportunity to help you help yourself change your life.

Thanks for putting your trust in me to deliver. I’m excited for you to check out the course and work with you to make it even better.

-Steve

PS: This is a self-paced course, so even if you can’t start immediately, or you take things slower than normal, that’s great. You can start when you want and take as long as you want. We’ll be pushing out updates and more lessons as time goes on, and you’ll always receive that info.