How to Make Paleo Tacos

This is a post from our resident Rebel Chef, Noel Fernando.

So you’ve mastered the art of the push up. You can almost do a handstand. Maybe you’ve even conquered the legendary Paleo Spaghetti.

Dang, you’ve come a long way! Would the “you” from a year ago…heck, a month a go even recognize you now? My friend, you are CRUSHING it. Sounds like it’s time to level up your cooking game.

Enter new opponent: The delicious…the nutritious….PALEO TACOS!

If I could date one food, it would probably be tacos. They’re incredibly tasty, easy to make, super versatile, and every time I make them, I marvel at my own cooking skills.

That’s what I want you to feel when you make these for the first time.

Lost in a Labyrinth: Getting Healthy Isn’t a Straight Shot

The maze.

A sprawling complex network of dead ends, traps, adventures, and challenges.

I’ve always LOVED the concept of a giant maze, and I know I’m not alone.

From the movie Labyrinth (featuring an amazingly bizarre David Bowie), the maze in Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire, the absolutely incredible Pan’s Labyrinth, the labyrinth in God of War III, The Shining‘s Hedge Maze, and MadMaze for Prodigy (remember that game!?), I’m always up for a good maze-run to test my wits and keep me on my toes.

You know the phrase, “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon?” 

That’s not true at all.  It’s neither.

It’s a freakin’ labyrinth.

Becoming Wolverine: How to Recover Faster and Never Get Hurt Again

This is a guest post from my good friend Jason Fitzgerald over at StrengthRunning.com.

As a kid, I used to debate really important questions, like: Which X-Men superhero would I be?

And over and over again, I always came back to Wolverine. The claws! The mutant healing factor! The adamantium skeleton!

I loved Wolverine because his mutant power is one that we can improve ourselves: his enhanced recovery.

While we can’t fuse our bones with a virtually indestructible metal alloy that makes us practically invincible, we can improve our own healing factor so we can work out more without getting hurt.

For many of us, overuse injuries stop us in our tracks. Whether it’s that weird pain in our back when lifting or a burn in our Achilles while running, injuries are an unfortunate reality for Rebels who are leveling up their lives.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a rare occurrence. Some reports place the annual injury rate for runners at over 50%, and over 40% for triathletes. As a coach, this is unacceptable to me.

So what should we do? Stop exercising because we’re afraid of getting hurt? There’s no fun in that.

Instead, you can change how you exercise to lower your injury risk – so you can keep running, jumping, lifting, throwing, and playing.

Wolverine has unparalleled regenerative capabilities – and so can you.

But first…

What Supplements Should I Take?

The best Nerd Fitness email I’ve ever received started like this:

“Just want to let you know, your website is totally and completely useless.  It doesn’t talk about supplements and it discourages use of machines (WHY???)”

Then, he asked for my best advice. I couldn’t help but chuckle.

Thinking back, it was the nicest thing anybody could have said about Nerd Fitness.

This poor gentleman wanted to use machines and pump his body full of supplements to receive the fastest results possible without putting in the hard work and dedication required.  He grew discouraged when he saw Nerd Fitness promoted the consumption of real food and the lifting of actual weights rather than quick fixes.

Every week we get dozens of emails from people asking about supplements: which ones are bogus, which ones are legit, and if they even need to bother at all.

Honestly, there’s a reason it took me 5.5 years and nearly 600 articles to finally publish something on supplements: it’s a tricky freaking subject!

I’m not a doctor. Just a nerd trying to shed some light on a ridiculously overcrowded industry full of shady marketing and dubious claims. Like anything else, track your own results, do your own research, talk to your doctor, and draw your own conclusions.

Any recommendations here or any brands mentioned are simply because we like and use them.

Deep breath…and here…we…go!

How to Set a New Personal Record Every Day

When it comes to strength training, or even exercise in general, getting consistently better and increasing the challenge is the key to success.

If you repeat the same workout day after day, month after month, your body will adapt and learn to become more efficient at that workout, burning  less calories and making less progress.

So, in order for us to continually force our bodies to adapt and grow stronger, we must consistently introduce a slightly increased challenge every day.

Today, we’re going to cover the science behind all of this, why setting a new record is important for your mental momentum, and HOW you can set a new record every single day.

The 5 Biggest Life Lessons I Learned in the Arcade

Ah, the Arcade.

As a kid, I remember wandering into the local Ryan Family Amusements in the Cape Cod Mall, enamored with the shining lights and loud noises, excited for what adventures lay ahead.

Armed with five dollars in tokens (dutifully earned from a week’s worth of chores), I’d carefully wander through the aisles, watching others playing fighting games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, old school classics like Rampage or Donkey Kong, and ticket games like Skeeball or Rock’n Bowl.

I’d then settle my eyes on the game that intrigued me the most that day, and devote the next two hours of my life to mastering it….or losing a lot of quarters very quickly :)

Who knew that the basic lessons learned in the arcade could translate over to life and fitness goals; they even helped shape me into the person I am today.

Let’s take a look at some of these awesome arcade lessons.

That Time I Did 2,440 Pull Ups: The 60 Day PLP Challenge

Wow.

This past Sunday, I finished up what was probably the most challenging workout plan I’ve ever attempted. I managed to stick with this plan, day after day, every day, for 61 straight days.

I honestly don’t think I have ever done ANYTHING 61 days in a row!

It wasn’t easy.  Over the past 61 days, I completed a total of 2,440 pull ups, 2,440 push ups, and 2,440 lunges, in addition to my regular workout plan of 3-4 days per week of heavy lifting (which included weighted pull up, heavy deadlifts, and ring work).

I thought I’d be running on fumes – or that my arms would fall off after the 61 days.   Actually, I feel stronger than ever – more invincible and more anti-fragile.  As I mentioned on my 6-Week challenge Thread, I feel like Wolverine (…which lead to this).

It shifted my perspective on training and what the human body is capable of.

So what am I talking about?

The PLP Program.

NOTE: This is NOT a beginner program, and should not be attempted unless you have been training consistently and can do multiple repetitions of pull ups and pushups with great form.

Camp Nerd Fitness is Now ON SALE!

On September 18th, 2014, 300 brave Nerd Fitness Rebels will descend upon the mountains of North Georgia for an epic long weekend of adventure, education, inspiration, and celebration of all things Nerd Fitness.

I want you to be one of those 300 people for our inaugural Camp Nerd Fitness!

All the details have been posted over at CampNerdFitness.com, so you may have already read all about it.

If you’ve been waiting to book your spot, YOU CAN DO THAT HERE!

Space is extremely limited, and with the NF email list now reaching 170,000+ people (whoa!), it’s sure to sell quickly. Also, room choice will be determined on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to check it out soon if you have a preference!

Over the next month, we’ll be adding more speakers, coaches, and events to Camp NF, based on feedback and suggestions from those attending. Besides the Nerd Fitness Team, already confirmed are three incredibly successful and knowledgeable coaches: Jim Bathurst of BeastSkills.com, Anthony Mychal (my personal coach), and Amy Clover of StrongInsideOut.com.

We’ll be adding coaches for Parkour, Yoga, Mixed Martial Arts, and more!

Now combine these fun activities with strength training instruction (learn how to squat, deadlift, and more), fun competitions (both fitness related AND nerd related), late night parties, and all sorts of other events celebrating the Nerd Fitness Rebellion; we’re gonna have ourselves 3 amazing days that will surely level up our lives.

It’s the little things… (Plus NF Shirts and Camp NF On Sale MONDAY!)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Lao Tzu (and millions of fortune cookies)

We recently talked a lot about the importance of enjoying the Journey.  We’re not racing towards an end goal at all costs, but rather finding our rhythm and a pace that works for us. Not asking “ARE WE THERE YET!?”

However, it’s tough to stay motivated when we’re not seeing drastic progress or we’re not quite sure if we are moving in the right direction.  It’s tough to not feel like a one-flippered seal “just swimming around in a circle, freaking out his whole family,” right?

So, how the heck can we stay motivated during the slow months? After all, it can often feel like a grind, and grinds aren’t fun.

The solution: We become Hawkeye, and identify each and every tiny metric that shows us we’re heading in the right direction.

We create the new person that we’re trying to become (our Level 50), and then we prove to ourselves each and every day that we’re getting just ONE experience point closer to leveling up and achieving that reality.

We celebrate each small win.

And we reward those small wins with things that reward us back.

Strength Training 101: How to Squat Properly

This is an article by NF Team Member Staci.

Squat squat squat squat squat squat squat squat squat squat squat….

Everybody!

Wait, that’s not right…

But that’s what I hear, because I love squats.

Why?

Even though the squat is considered by many to be a “leg” exercise, it’s really a full body movement that works just every muscle group in the body.

Not only that, but it mimics a ton of natural movement patterns in everyday life.  In this nerd’s opinion, squats are the most useful exercise we can do when it comes to strength training.

Whether your goal is to gain strength or lose weight, squats are one of the fastest ways to get there.

If you’ve never squatted before, you might be a bit intimidated about the idea of starting a big new exercise. Never fear! Today we’re going to go over everything you need to go to start squatting RIGHT NOW.

Squats are a big part of the Nerd Fitness Academy, and today we want to give you the confidence you need to START.

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