Meet Jake, a 24 year old Rebel from the UK who lost over 70 pounds (32 kg) in 9 months!
Jake, like many new Rebels, once lived an entirely sedentary lifestyle:
“I would usually slump out of bed in the late afternoon straight to my computer. I’d browse the internet, browse forums, sitting around in my underwear. It was very rare for me to leave the house and I’d usually just go back to sleep several times a day out of sadness at what my life had become.”
But then Jake found Nerd Fitness, began strength training, and rediscovered his self confidence.
Let’s learn how Jake channeled his inner Transformer and changed his life.
Holy crap, what a year!
As the sun sets on 2012 (awesome Ecuadorian sunset above), it’s crazy to look back and see just how far this community of underdogs has come. Back when I started Nerd Fitness in 2009, I never would have dreamed we would reach the size and scope that we are today…which has me downright giddy to see just how far we can take this Rebellion.
Today I wanted to talk a bit about what went right (a whole bunch), what could have gone better, and what we can look forward to in 2013 (a whole lot more).
“I can’t eat healthy, it’s too expensive!”
Unhealthy food is indeed often more accessible and cheaper than healthy alternatives. Unfortunately, it’s these very foods that make us unhealthy and overweight, causing all sorts of INCREDIBLY expensive medical problems down the road.
Healthy eating on a budget IS possible, it just takes a game plan and a little creativity.
Today we’re going to talk about specific foods that are a great bang for your buck. Whether you’re simply trying lose weight and get in shape, or build some muscle and put on weight without looking like Jabba the Hut, making the right dietary choices will always be 80-90% of your success.
(A Star Trek AND Star Wars reference within three sentences of each other? That’s how we roll around here.)
Check out part 2, the 4 Step Plan to Not Suck at Talking to People.
Today, you’re going to get a lesson in social interactions from my personal relationship/dating yoda, and one of my favorite people on the planet, Lindsay Miller.
I met my friend Lindsay my freshman year of college and I have been going to her for advice when it comes to life, love, friends and dating ever since. She’s so good at this whole human relationship/social life thing that she actually started her own TV show at Vanderbilt called SexRx, in which she helped college students sort out their love lives.
The show was so popular that even though Lindsay graduated and left Nashville years ago, SexRx is still a Vanderbilt TV staple and airs episodes weekly.
I asked Lindsay to put together an article today about leveling up your social life, a topic we can certainly look at more closely here at Nerd Fitness. Considering one of the most popular articles of all time on the site is “5 Ways to Instantly Appear More Confident,” I’m guessing we have a lot of Rebels who could benefit from a primer on social interaction!
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about any shallow “Pickup Artist” seduction techniques. Instead, we’re going learn to casually approach and talk to people! Regardless of whether you’re married, single, or in a committed relationship, there are tons of lessons you can take away from today’s post.
The end of the world might be right around the corner.
I figure with everybody in a hysterical frenzy these days about the end of the world, dudes eating other dudes’ faces in Florida, governments spending money like it was monopoly money, and my two-year obsession with becoming a real life Jason Bourne (seriously), I figured this would be a good time to share everything I’ve stumbled across to prep for a disaster/emergency of epic proportions.
Does this make me a weirdo? Hell yeah! But when the zombie apocalypse happens, who’s got two thumbs and will be totally prepared?
Here’s how you can survive the end of the world too!
Meet Bronwyn (AKA Athena): Rebel, powerlifter, and mother of two (four and six years old).
Bronwyn’s story starts at a familiar place for many Rebels: Stuck in an unhealthy, sedentary routine, struggling to enact permanent changes.
“Breakfast was usually some toast with freenut butter (sunflower seed butter), or maybe a couple of cookies grabbed on the way out the door because, “I didn’t have time to make something healthy”.
After doing a lot of walking, I’d often treat myself to an ice-cream or a mini tiramisu “because I deserve it” And maybe another one. And another.
Today (as evidenced by this badass video), Bronwyn has joined the ranks of Rebel Superheroes, with a robust workout routine and a meticulously tracked healthy diet (losing over 40 lb/18kg), she has become a true hero for her entire family to look up to. Let’s find out how she did it.
I have to admit, I never felt like I could truly relate to the character of Tony Stark (Iron Man).
I feel a close connection with Captain America, and at times I’ve felt like a member of the X-men due to often feeling like the “only one” and being weird in my exercise and diet habits. Finding similarities with a brilliant billionaire playboy who gets kidnapped, builds an arc-reactor in his chest to survive, and then uses said technology to build a super power a full suit to save the world just never clicked with me.
Welp, after my first trip to the doctor in years, it turns out I have WAY more in common with Iron Man than I ever would have imagined.
Last week, I met Yoda.
Well, not THE Yoda, but one of my personal Yodas: Tim Ferriss, New York Times bestselling author, human guinea pig, and giant nerd. I had the opportunity to interview Tim via Skype and ask him about all sorts of nerdy awesomeness: his recently released Four Hour Chef, how to get started with cooking even if you have never actually turned your oven on, how to get over failure, Star Wars, James Bond, and more.
True statement: after reading Four Hour Workweek five years ago (cover to cover in a day and a half), I came up with the idea for Nerd Fitness and purchased the domain NerdFitness.com the very next day. It was a real honor for me to speak with one of my heroes and a lot of fun to find out that he’s a normal, everyday nerd just like you and me.
I tried to keep my giggling like a school girl down to a minimum, but it wasn’t easy.
The interview is 33 minutes long, so I’ve provided the video, audio, and a link to a transcription of the interview as well. How’s THAT for service!
Tim and his team was also nice enough to give me a bunch of copies of the Four Hour Chef to give away to Nerd Fitness Rebels, so make sure you read the end of this article to learn how to win a copy.
Today, you’re going to learn valuable life lessons from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar’s Brave, and Nintendo’s Donkey Kong.
Who you were doesn’t need to be who you are.
These three characters spent most of their lives living life in a certain way:
Life gets interesting when this guy, gal, and ape decide that they’re tired of how things are going and want to make changes. Not surprisingly, they all hit a number of snags along the way attempting to change their fate – however they each found solace in taking greater control of their own destinies.
I want you to do the same.
Are peanuts Paleo? Nope, they’re legumes!
Should I eat regular potatoes or sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes, they have a lower glycemic load.
What can I drink instead of milk? Try coconut milk or almond milk!
Paleo Central has finally arrived, Nerd Fitness’s very first iPhone application that’s now available in the App Store! This app has been designed with Paleo beginners in mind, removing all of the guess work about what you can and can’t eat while trying to follow the Paleo Diet.
We’ve been hard at work on this app for over six months (seriously, development started back in May!), and it was officially approved by Apple yesterday. I’d love for you to check it out.