Things are about to get weird.
Like the the thing in the santa hat in the banana mobile pictured above (wtf?)
Don’t worry, I mean weird in the best way possible
I’ve been running Nerd Fitness as my full-time business for the past 20 months, and I can honestly say I have never been more excited to make an announcement about the site than I am today. On top of that, I get to make all kinds of OTHER cool announcements too, including a radical change in how I’ll be spending the next few months of my life.
Here we go…
Team Nerd Fitness Grows…
Yeah, you know Staci.
The woman who has inspired thousands upon thousands of women to start strength training. The rebel who has been pretty much running the Nerd Fitness message boards since the day she joined them 18 months ago. The 140-pound gal who can deadlift 350 lbs.
Yeah that one…
She’s joining Team Nerd Fitness full-time!
I’m beaming from ear to ear as I type this. Staci has been a total rockstar in the Nerd Fitness community since day one – she embodies everything that NF stands for; in fact, I’d argue that she’s more “nerd fitness” than I am! On top of that, she’s a great person and somebody I’d trust with my life. It only took ten months of begging, pleading, and sucking up…but I finally convinced her to take a chance on helping me further develop this community into something truly epic.
Although it’s been a great problem to have, the growth of Nerd Fitness has really created a challenge trying to keep up with everything that comes with running a business, especially over the past few months. I always felt bad when it took me days or weeks to respond to people’s emails, and it killed me every time I just lacked the energy to put together an article at the end of a long day. I’m excited that Staci’s on board and can help me provide you, my dear rebel friend, with a better experience around here in every way possible.
I have never been more excited for the future of Nerd Fitness than I am right now. NF got to where it is today…somehow…with just a one-man show. And that one man is total goofball. I cannot WAIT to see what this community is capable of when we have TWO people working full time…especially when that second person has things like organizational ability, talent, time management skills, and a 350-pound deadlift.
March 1st will officially be the day that the Rebellion gets some rocket fuel and Staci saddles up full time.
Staci is my hero, and she’s probably yours too. I am so thankful and grateful she for some reason agreed to babysit me and help provide some much needed legitimacy and guidance to the site. Her role will cover pretty much anything and everything as the site continues to grow, so you can expect to see her name pop up here and there more often over these next few months.
Now, in case you don’t know who Staci is (meaning you haven’t read her story or spent any time on the boards), I’ve put together a list of fun facts about Staci so we can all get to know her better:
- Twitter handle: StaciArdison
- Hometown: Hyrule
- Favorite food: nails and drywall
- Favorite movie: Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver
- Favorite video game: anything Legend of Zelda
- New job title: Master of Deadlifts (not even kidding on this one)
- Favorite exercise: machine iso bicep curls…okay definitely kidding on this one.
Trust me when I say I can’t think of anybody else on earth I’d rather have as the first person to help me take Nerd Fitness to the next level. Please welcome her aboard!
The next nerd fitness ebook
Speaking of Staci…
Since her article has kind of taken over the internet, we have a ridiculous number of new female readers on Nerd Fitness who are interested in getting started with clean eating and strength training. Although I already offer the Rebel Fitness Guide and Rebel Strength Guide – both of which have helped many women get in great shape – we realized there’s nothing we offer specifically dedicated to women rebels!
So, Staci will be partnering with me on the next nerd fitness ebook for women, answering each and every question a woman might have about getting started with strength training and building a body to be proud of. All videos will be filmed with Staci, she’ll be dealing with issues specific to women and strength training and weight loss, and more.
Expect a survey soon asking what you’d like to see included in the book, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Oh, and if you happen to be a dude, don’t worry – we have something in the works for you as well - hint: it begins with an L and ends in “evel Up Club.” Expect more details shortly.
Yes, these are premium products that will cost money. Yes, I’ll still be cranking out as many free articles as my brain will allow on Nerd Fitness weekly, and yes the message boards will remain free, and the site will remain ad-free.
This is your community, I’m just here to be a part of it
Upcoming speaking engagements
Looks like my speaking schedule is starting to fill up over these next couple of months! Unfortunately, two of the talks I can’t announce yet, but one’s kind of a big deal and the other will give me one hell of a story.
In the meantime, I can share that I’ll be speaking at the Killer Tribes Conference in Nashville, TN on March 31st! If you happen to be in the area and you’re interested in attending, use the code “nerd” to get a discount!
I had so much fun doing my talks at Google and Facebook (footage coming soon), but I’m excited to give a talk on something that I’m beyond passionate about: building a kick-ass community like Nerd Fitness
Until I can get my talks page up (Staci, please yell at me to do this), if you’re interested in having me come speak at your school, business, conference, mom’s basement, or spaceship, email me at steve@nerdfitness com and hopefully we can make it work!
NF Tank Tops
In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, we’ve added Nerd Fitness tank tops to the store. $20 to ship anywhere in the US or $25 to ship anywhere in the world!
Okay, well maybe they’re not in the store yet (see, these are the things that Staci will yell at me for), but they are available for sale and shipping as we speak!
We sold through a third of our first order in 48 hours, so if you’re interested in grabbing one before we have to reorder more, grab one today!
- 100% Rib cotton construction
- Form-fitting American Apparel brand
- Will shrink an average of one size when put in the dryer
- Sizing Chart here.
And if you’re a dude, I realize this is yet another lady announcement - we’re working on the next NF shirt too: a performance shirt (think like Under Armour, but nerdier). We hope to have that out within the next month or so!
My next adventure…
I’ve been living in Washington DC for the past few months, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. However, I’ve caught the travel bug again (though with probably 15 domestic flights and a trip to South Africa since I’ve “stopped traveling”…did I ever lose it?), and it’s time to move on.
It probably had something to do with THIS video that was shared with me yesterday. WARNING – the second half of this WILL give you goosebumps:
My lease is up here at the end of February, on March 1st I’ll be headed out to sea on The Rock Boat, and then I’ll bouncing around the states for most of March with four other short trips planned.
Beginning in Mid-April, I’ll be spending 4-6 weeks down in Central America! I haven’t quite narrowed down the location yet (this decision was made less than 72 hours ago!), but I’m looking at somewhere in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, or Belize. I’m looking for a cool 1BR house/condo (with internet) on or near the beach, in a fun but not overly touristy town (I’d like to practice my Spanish), where I can get my work done, soak up some sun, and possibly get in some surfing!
Although I’ve had fun in DC, I desperately miss the ocean and the warm weather, so I figure why not get both while working on all things Nerd Fitness!
If you happen to have any suggestions, or better yet, specific towns or connections to people with rental property in any of those countries, PLEASE email me at [email protected] and we can talk about it.
I don’t say it enough.
Seriously, thank you for helping make Nerd Fitness what it is. Whether you’ve been reading for a day or for three years, thanks.
I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love every day: help people live better lives. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Nerd Fitness now that we have twice the number people working hard on making things better.
I’m a lucky S.O.B. and I know it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you…I have never been more proud to be part of something than I am of Nerd Fitness and the Rebellion. You, my friend, are in good hands.
Before I sign off, I’d love to hear from you about a few things in the comments:
- Say hey to Staci, and feel free to ask her any ridiculous question so you can get to know her better.
- Help us come up with a name for the Fitness Guide for Women. Don’t suggest “Fitness Guide for Women” – that’s too boring, right?)
- Let me know if you have any suggestions on specific towns or rentals in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, or Belize. I’m okay with paying for a decent place (say around $1000 a month?)
Thanks again for making this place what it is. Let’s find out what it can become, eh?
Better grab some sunglasses, the future around here is bright.
(see what I did there?)