These are the rules that explain who we are, why we’re here, and what we’re doing. If you’re wondering if Nerd Fitness is right for you, look no further than this list. Hopefully the ideals that we stand for resonate with you – we’d be glad to have you.
#1. We don’t care where you came from, only where you’re going.
We don’t care where you came from or how you got here, as we all have different backgrounds, genetics, social status, and commitments. Like creating a random character in a role-playing game, we were all “dealt a hand” that we had absolutely no control over—it’s now up to us to play that hand to the best of our ability. Our kick-ass group of people push each other to level up our lives.
We figure out what went wrong (sh** happens, remember?), and then we work together to find a way to fix it.
The past is just that: the past. Today can be the first day of the rest of your life if you truly believe that.
#2. When you join, you’re in for life.
We aren’t looking for quick fixes or for people who aren’t interested in making permanent, lasting changes. The Rebellion is full of people who are interested in prioritizing adventure, happiness, and improvement.
If your friends won’t join you on your mission, then you’ll have to lead by example until they decide to follow. It’s a heavy burden to bear, but one that will absolutely make your life more fulfilling.
#3. We train as naturally as possible.
When we train for adventure, we do so by preparing our bodies with real-world movements! We don’t use machines; we focus on movements that recruit multiple muscle groups and efficiently set us up to be antifragile.
Here’s my complete stance on free weights vs. machines.
#4. We understand that you can’t outrun your fork.
How we fuel our bodies is 80 percent of the battle and will determine how successful we will be on the battlefield of life. I’m not talking about switching to all salads and water, but instead making small, calculated changes to what you eat over a long period of time.
We eat real food. We understand that although the total number of calories we eat certainly impacts our health, WHAT those calories are made of is just as important, if not more so.
#5. We train with conviction and intelligence.
When exercising, we have a plan for what we’re going to do, and we know how hard we need to push ourselves to be better than the day before.
When setting life goals, we have a plan for what we’re going to do, and what needs to be accomplished in order for us to make progress. Then, we do it.
We plan out what kind of superhero we want to be, pick our own super power, and work every day toward becoming that hero. Those who are willing to dedicate themselves to the cause will get results. Settling is not an option.
#6. We Don’t HAVE to exercise, we GET to exercise.
Find something that makes you happy, gets your heart pumping, and will keep you in shape.
There is something out there for everybody, so keep searching and keep pushing until you find something that drives you to succeed.
Yoga, karate, cycling, Belegarth, whatever it is—find it and do it. This is a crucial part of an adventurous life!
#7. No Rebel Left Behind.
We’re all in this together, and we’re here to support each other.
Although we have friendly competitions, it’s all in good fun to keep us accountable.
If you are training or leveling up your life with friends in real life or online, pick them up when they’re down, motivate them when they’re tired, push them when they need encouragement, and yell when they need tough love.
They’ll do the same for you one day, and we’ll all be better off because of it.
No Rebel left behind!
#8. We question everything.
The Rebellion exists to open our minds to a world in which the impossible is possible.
Like waking up from the Matrix, we want to show you what is possible.
One day, you can lift that weight, run that mile, lose those extra pounds.
We question conventional wisdom and social norms and “because that’s how it’s always been done” tricks us into living lives of complacency.
We know there is TONS of snakeoil out there in the health and fitness space, and we don’t fall for their marketing hype.
We find our own path. It’s up to us to take what we’ve learned, question it, and find a way to apply it to our lives.
#9. We take care of business
If you’re a gamer, keep gaming.
If you’re a family man, you better show up at your kid’s soccer game instead of staying late at work.
We all have things we love in life, things that are important to us, that make us who we are.
As long as these things aren’t detrimental to our health, then I encourage you to keep doing them.
We also have obligations to our families, employers, and friends—we do what we say and we say what we do.
#10. We take pride in ourselves.
Too many people blame their unfortunate situation on the government, the weather, their genetics, global warming, the economy, their parents, etc.
We don’t expect anything to be handed to us; we are not owed anything by anybody. In fact, it’s our responsibility as humans to live the best life possible.
We need to save ourselves and be our own heroes.
We want to be better husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, people. We want to be stronger, faster, and healthier—we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and determination to get there.
We welcome the challenge.
The more daunting the task, the sweeter the victory. We like being the underdog, because everybody loves a good underdog story.
Life is hard, and it’s those that shut up and get things done that succeed.
I want to be the best damn Steve Kamb that I can be, and that means I need to be in the best shape of my life and help others to do the same.
I’m doing what I can to help build an army of incredibly intelligent, efficient, informed, and fit nerds.
Don’t worry Mom, when we take over we’ll be using our powers for good, inspiring others to transform their own lives.
Ultimately, we just want to make Optimus Prime proud.
Are You In?
These are the eleven pillars of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion. For those who are interested in joining us:
- 15 Fitness traps you should avoid
- Comprehensive beginner's guide to Paleo diet
- BONUS: How to level up your life and be the hero of your own story
If you want to be part of a movement of underdogs that’s starting to make more noise with each passing day, join us.
If you want to be part of a group of Rebels dedicated and committed to getting results and encouraging others to do the same, join us.
If you want to find out what you’re physically and mentally capable of, if you want to take action today rather than dreaming about tomorrow, join us.
Now, if this sounds like too much work and you’re unwilling to make changes in order to live a better life, no worries.
Thanks for your time, and we wish you the best of luck in the future. We’ll still be here when you get back.
For the Rebellion,