How to Become a Comic Book Hero

Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a super hero.

I used to dress up like Superman far more often than was considered socially acceptable.  I thought the cape on my back would allow me to fly when jumping off things in my backyard.  For as long as I can remember, I was always the small and weak kid.  I got cut from high school basketball team because I didn’t have an ounce of muscle on me.  Getting pushed around while playing any sport was a regular occurrence.  However, the thought of becoming incredibly strong and powerful was something I left to my imagination while reading books, playing video games, and watching movies.

A few years back, I finally took steps to get stronger and more confident in my abilities, and became addicted to learning about fitness.

Nerd Fitness was born.

So, when I started this community, I wondered what I could do to actually BECOME a real life super hero – maybe not in the sense of mutant powers or special abilities, but an alter-ego that was a more badass, confident, and powerful version of myself.

My super hero would get to have his own persona, special abilities, theme song, code of honor, and more.  It would be through this alter-ego that I could shed my day-to-day life for a few hours and become somebody new.

Up until recently I thought I had all of the components of a real life super hero figured out.

As it turns out, I was leaving out a key piece to the puzzle.

Here’s how you can become a comic book hero yourself…and the one element that will propel you to even greater heights.

How to Become A Super Hero

Alright – let’s turn you into a super hero!  Much easier said than done, I know.   Although, I’ve already covered many aspects of the super hero lifestyle in  previous posts, here’s a quick overall recap on becoming superhuman:

1) Define your origin story.  What’s that you say?  You’re 400 pounds, out of a job, and living in your parent’s basement?  Congratulations – that is your origin story.  Here at NF, it doesn’t matter where you start, only where you’re going.  You get to decide what kind of hero you want to become and how you’ll get there – you get to write your own epic destiny.  You might not get bitten by radioactive spiders any time soon, but you can still decide that one day you’re going to do something great.  And you ARE capable of great things.

For example, here’s my epic storyline: a humble boy from a sleepy fishing village is going to alter the course of history.  (sounds way cooler than “a nerd from Sandwich, MA, started a fitness blog because he didn’t wanna be weak anymore”, right?)

2) Decide your super power. What do you want to be good at?  Do you want to have super human strength?  Lightning quick reflexes?  How about an acrobat with the skills of an assassin?  Maybe you want to leap tall buildings in a single bound?  Whatever it is you want to do, that is now your super power and the skill that you will build your training around.  If you need more direction in  creating your own super power, I’m here for ya.

Personally, I want to be freakishly strong at body weight exercises, able to work out anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

3) Pick your alter-ego.  This is the fun part – you get to decide what your super hero character will be called and your persona.  Do you wear a cape?  Do you smile?  Do you jump around or scream and yell?  Whatever it is that you want to become, make a conscious effort each time you work out to go through the physical and mental transformation:

  • Play your theme song each afternoon as you start your transformation – it’s like a real life montage!
  • Take the time to visualize your workout and how you’re going to get stronger.
  • Change out of your work clothes and put on your super hero uniform.
  • Look in the mirror as your new self, pump yourself up, and then go to “work.”

You truly get to decide to be whatever you want here – you can be somebody completely unlike your regular personality.

By day, I’m Steve Kamb, a full-time blogger and all-around goofball who smiles way too much and spends too much time at his computer.  Every afternoon though, I transform into the rebel version of myself: a Vibram-wearing, ripped t-shirt-uniformed machine of a rebel that will exercise anywhere and everywhere in a city.  I wear a permanent scowl on my face, I jump around like a crazy man in between exercises to psych myself up, and I generally weird everybody out within a 50-foot radius.  It’s probably best not to disturb me when I’m rebel mode.

4) Decide your code of honor. What are you fighting for?  Are you fighting for your family’s health and safety?  Are you fighting to become an inspiration to those around you?  Do you fight for a better life for yourself?  Are you fighting to battle injustice and the overwhelming forces of Overlord Obesity, Captain Corpulent, and The Sloth?  Whatever it is – you need to decide why you’re doing this.

Super heroes don’t exist for the fun of it – we exist because we are needed.  As my buddy Mars says, “the world needs you.”  It’s up to you to start making a difference on this planet – you might not have aspirations to change the world, but you can certainly change your life and influence the lives of the people closest to you.

It’s your responsibility to step up your game and become the hero we need.

The missing piece

If every comic book and super hero movie was just hours of “rah rah! you can do it!” back-patting and cheering with no challenges or enemies, they would suck:

  • Oh awesome, he saved a cat from a tree!
  • Oh great, she just received the key to another city from the mayor!
  • Weeeeeeee! Another fun montage of jumping over buildings.

Okay, that last one is always awesome…but the other two will get very boring.

Fortunately, there is always ONE element in a super hero story, book, or movie that keeps things interesting.

An arch-nemesis.

Batman had to rise to the occasion to defeat the Joker.  Superman constantly battled Lex Luthor.  Captain America had to take down Red Skull.  Professor X constantly played a metal chessmatch with his friend-turned-enemy Magneto.

These super heroes and their arch-nemesis are often cut from the same cloth; two peas in a pod that have gone down separate paths.  Each super hero’s arch-nemesis usually knows the hero’s weakness and exploits it whenever possible.  Arch-nemeses always force the good guy to think differently, try new tactics, and push to better themselves in order to prevail and save the day/town/planet/galaxy.

Yeah, these are often terrible people who do terrible things.  However, they also advance the plot, constantly create new scenarios that require the hero to increase his skillz, and ultimately leave the hero a superior and wiser man/woman.

It’s time for you to find your own arch-nemesis.

My arch-nemesis

I want to introduce you to my friend and arch-nemsis, Joel Runyon (he’s the goon sitting next to me in the picture above).

Joel runs JoelRunyon.com (how original!), where he blogs about doing “impossible” things.  Joel is also fascinated at becoming a super hero, and some of his readers have even started calling him Mr. Impossible.  About a year and a half ago, I “met” Joel when he emailed me out of the blue to say he was a fan of what I was working on with Nerd Fitness – I checked out his site and found that we had a lot in common (just like most hero/arch-nemesis connections):

We were both huge nerds who have big lists of things we want to accomplish.

Somewhere along the way over the past year, Joel and I started making fun of each other on twitter, in email, on Gchat, and on the phone…all in good fun.  We’ve become good friends, but we also “hate” each other.  And it’s tough for me – I mean how do you insult a guy who consistently posts pictures and stories of himself looking stupid?  If you’re looking for some useless entertainment, check out our latest battle on twitter where we’re trying to determine who is the world’s least interesting man:

  • @stevekamb still believes there’s a monster under his bed
  • @joelrunyon When Joel does yoga, he spends the entire time in child’s pose.
  • @stevekamb ‘s favorite movie is “The Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Fun House Mystery”
  • @joelrunyon’s two favorite colors: beige and off-white.

Now, although I make fun of Joel as often as possible (my one of my favorite “avoid doing work” activities), I also really respect him and always look to get his opinion on the direction of my blog, my training, and/or any new projects I’m working on.

Why?  Because I know Joel will tell me like it is without the candy coating.

I remember calling Joel from New Zealand back in February to ask him about a possible direction I was thinking of taking with Nerd Fitness.  Most folks would have probably sugar coated their response to not hurt my feelings or blindly say “great idea!”; Joel told me straight up it was a bad idea – and it was!

Now, besides blogging advice, I also look to Joel for some personal fitness competition.  I know that I need to stay in peak physical condition at all times, because I know I’ll never hear the end of it from him if out of shape the next time we hang out.

Back when we went skydiving in Portland in June, the group was given the opportunity to go up to 17,000 feet (though it was more expensive and we had to wear oxygen masks) – Joel and I looked at each other and both decided that we had to do it – we both knew that if the other said no, it would have been years of torment and insults…so we both said yes.

We constantly try to one up each other, keep each other on our toes, keep each other in line, and we tell each other like it is.

Find your own arch-nemsis

In my opinion, the world has gone soft these days. 

You’re supposed to coddle people, tell them it’s okay to be lazy and blame their problems on anything and everything other than themselves.  When people say “it’s too hard” or “but it’s different for me” or “I don’t like my job,” you’re supposed to give them an out and say “it’s okay, at least you tried your best (even though it wasn’t your best)” or “be thankful you have a job in this economy!”

Not on this site, sucka.

I believe everybody needs an arch-nemesis – that friend that will ruthlessly ruthlessly tear you apart instead of just telling you what you want to hear.  You need somebody that will yell at you when you’re lazy, tell you to suck it up when you complain, and insult you mercilessly when you’re not living up to your potential.  Personally, I’m a big fan of tough love – we all need somebody to slap us in the face and tell us to “get your sh** together!”  We are all capable of great things, so it’s time to start acting like it.

Here’s what you need to look for in your own arch-nemesis:

  • Somebody who is at a relatable level in their physical or professional lives.  It doesn’t matter if you need to lose weight and your nemesis is trying to gain weight, or one of you is self-employed and the other is climbing the corporate ladder.  What’s important is that you’re both interested in bettering your life.
  • Somebody that is driven and competitive – it’s no use having an arch-nemesis that is content with sucking at life.  You need somebody that desperately wants a better life for himself/herself and his family.
  • Somebody that knows your kryptonite we all have faults that keep us from leveling up our lives.  Make sure your arch-nemesis knows what you struggle with so they can call you out when you’re using it as a crutch.
  • Somebody you trust to tell you the truth.  You probably already have plenty of people in your life who will support you no matter what and keep you happy.  You need somebody that’s gonna tell you that you’re not living up to your potential, that you’re getting complacent, that your idea is pure crap! Tough love for the win!
  • Somebody you can have fun with – although this arch-nemesis will keep you honest and call you out when you’re slacking, it’s also important that you can have fun with them – unless you’re really crazy and want to pick somebody you REALLY hate…that might get interesting.
  • Somebody you can stay in close touch with – at least once a week.  Tell your arch nemesis to hold you accountable for your goals.  Tell him/her that you’re going to work out three times this week or you will pay him/her 50 bucks and run around your neighborhood in a pink speedo.  Your nemesis exists to hold you accountable for your actions or inaction – back when Saint transformed himself, we would talk DAILY about his goals and struggles.

What if you don’t think you have anybody in your life you can turn to for a “kick in the pants” nemesis?  Check out the NF message boards – over 2200+ people all trying to level up and become super hero versions of themselves – if you can’t find a friendly rivalry in there to push you and want to be better…you’re not looking hard enough!

The Comic Book Contest

You’ve got your super power, you’ve got your alter ego, you’ve got your call to action…and now you have your arch-nemesis that will push you to level up your life.  Don’t ever stop pushing for a better existence.

Are you up to the challenge?

With Nerd Fitness hoodies coming out (we’ll start taking orders next week), I figure now is as good a time as any to give one away!  To answer your first question, yes wearing a Nerd Fitness hoodie will let you control fire and shoot lightning out of your hands.

I want to hear your super hero story:

  • Who is your alter-ego?
  • What is your super power?
  • What’s your theme song?
  • What do you fight for? How will you change the world?
  • Do you already have an arch-nemesis?

You have until 11:59PM EST on Sunday night to leave a comment with your story – it’s okay to get indepth, but please don’t leave a novel – we have to read all of them after all, and I’ll be jet-lagged like crazy as I leave today for Ireland 🙂

Feel free to post your super hero story on our boards as well. 

The world needs more heroes.

-Steve

PS – All photos in this article (except for the one of Joel and I) were shot and edited by Will Byington while I was in Chicago yesterday…these are just a small sample of the ridiculousness that transpired – more coming next week.  Wanna know something crazy? Will managed to do these after effects on the photos in just a few minutes COMPLETELY on his iPhone.  I think I’ve convinced Will to start a “how to be an awesome photographer, even on an iPhone” blog/site soon…so I figured putting this in the article will really force him to do it (because he is DAMN good).

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  • Crusader

    Who is your alter-ego?
    The Crusader.

    What is your super power?Obsessive, dogged ruthlessness. Give me something impossible to do, and it will get done–no matter how hard it is to figure out, no matter how much work it takes. I’ll suck it up and spit it back out shiny and golden. Give me something that’s ugly and unpleasant that nobody else will deal with, and I will deal with it. My specialization are the dirty, thankless jobs–the ones that need doing because no one else will do them.
    What’s your theme song?

    “Sober” by Tool.

    What do you fight for? How will you change the world?

    I fight for any worthy cause that needs fighting. Whether it’s the kid getting picked on at school (both fights I got into at high school were over this), telling somebody the ugly truth, or something I notice wrong that people politely ignore, I will bring it up, and make you deal with it. Pretty, ugly, lame, or not.

    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?

    No, but I am taking applications. 🙂

  • Crusader

    Who is your alter-ego?
    The Crusader.

    What is your super power?Obsessive, dogged ruthlessness. Give me something impossible to do, and it will get done–no matter how hard it is to figure out, no matter how much work it takes. I’ll suck it up and spit it back out shiny and golden. Give me something that’s ugly and unpleasant that nobody else will deal with, and I will deal with it. My specialization are the dirty, thankless jobs–the ones that need doing because no one else will do them.
    What’s your theme song?

    “Sober” by Tool.

    What do you fight for? How will you change the world?

    I fight for any worthy cause that needs fighting. Whether it’s the kid getting picked on at school (both fights I got into at high school were over this), telling somebody the ugly truth, or something I notice wrong that people politely ignore, I will bring it up, and make you deal with it. Pretty, ugly, lame, or not.

    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?

    No, but I am taking applications. 🙂

  • Crusader

    Who is your alter-ego?
    The Crusader.

    What is your super power?Obsessive, dogged ruthlessness. Give me something impossible to do, and it will get done–no matter how hard it is to figure out, no matter how much work it takes. I’ll suck it up and spit it back out shiny and golden. Give me something that’s ugly and unpleasant that nobody else will deal with, and I will deal with it. My specialization are the dirty, thankless jobs–the ones that need doing because no one else will do them.
    What’s your theme song?

    “Sober” by Tool.

    What do you fight for? How will you change the world?

    I fight for any worthy cause that needs fighting. Whether it’s the kid getting picked on at school (both fights I got into at high school were over this), telling somebody the ugly truth, or something I notice wrong that people politely ignore, I will bring it up, and make you deal with it. Pretty, ugly, lame, or not.

    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?

    No, but I am taking applications. 🙂

  • Wolfman

    Alter-Ego = Wolfman
    Super Power = Super Human Strength, Fearlessness
    Theme Song = “Prehistoric Dog” by Red Fang
    Code of Honor = I want to be the type of man my child aspires to be.

    Origin Story
    As a child, I was forced to move around a lot.  Never really made any connections because I knew that they wouldn’t last beyond the next move, and developed quite the fear of new people/situations/cities/etc.  (it’s hard always being the new kid).  Recently realized (thanks, in part, to Nerd Fitness) how much I let my fear of things control my life and stop me from doing the things I want to do and from being the man I want to be.  Now you can find my alter ego, Wolfman, tearing it up in the gym and tackling new challenges!

  • Wolfman

    Alter-Ego = Wolfman
    Super Power = Super Human Strength, Fearlessness
    Theme Song = “Prehistoric Dog” by Red Fang
    Code of Honor = I want to be the type of man my child aspires to be.

    Origin Story
    As a child, I was forced to move around a lot.  Never really made any connections because I knew that they wouldn’t last beyond the next move, and developed quite the fear of new people/situations/cities/etc.  (it’s hard always being the new kid).  Recently realized (thanks, in part, to Nerd Fitness) how much I let my fear of things control my life and stop me from doing the things I want to do and from being the man I want to be.  Now you can find my alter ego, Wolfman, tearing it up in the gym and tackling new challenges!

  • Wolfman

    Alter-Ego = Wolfman
    Super Power = Super Human Strength, Fearlessness
    Theme Song = “Prehistoric Dog” by Red Fang
    Code of Honor = I want to be the type of man my child aspires to be.

    Origin Story
    As a child, I was forced to move around a lot.  Never really made any connections because I knew that they wouldn’t last beyond the next move, and developed quite the fear of new people/situations/cities/etc.  (it’s hard always being the new kid).  Recently realized (thanks, in part, to Nerd Fitness) how much I let my fear of things control my life and stop me from doing the things I want to do and from being the man I want to be.  Now you can find my alter ego, Wolfman, tearing it up in the gym and tackling new challenges!

  • Crusader

    (Apologies for reposting. I hit the “Enter” key too soon.) Origin story: I was a quiet, shy, bookish kid. I was too shy to say anything aloud or take risks or generally be anything but invisible. I watched the world around me a lot. And as I watched, I learned, and I realized there’s a lot of bullsh*t in the world. And worse–I learned nobody was willing to call it, most of the time. And then I realized–somebody had to be willing to speak up, to say something, to keep people on the up-and-up (including myself.) Thus, the Crusader was born. Who is your alter-ego?The Crusader. What
    is your super power?Obsessive, dogged ruthlessness. Give me something
    impossible to do, and it will get done–no matter how hard it is to
    figure out, no matter how much work it takes. I’ll suck it up and spit
    it back out shiny and golden. Give me something that’s ugly and
    unpleasant that nobody else will deal with, and I will deal with it. My
    specialization are the dirty, thankless jobs–the ones that need doing
    because no one else will do them.What’s your theme song?”Sober” by Tool. What do you fight for? How will you change the world?I
    fight for any worthy cause that needs fighting. Whether it’s the kid
    getting picked on at school (both fights I got into at high school were
    over this), telling somebody the ugly truth, or something I notice wrong
    that people politely ignore, I will bring it up, and make you deal with
    it. Pretty, ugly, lame, or not. Do you already have an arch-nemesis?No, but I am taking applications. 🙂

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  • Crusader

    (Apologies for reposting. I hit the “Enter” key too soon.) Origin story: I was a quiet, shy, bookish kid. I was too shy to say anything aloud or take risks or generally be anything but invisible. I watched the world around me a lot. And as I watched, I learned, and I realized there’s a lot of bullsh*t in the world. And worse–I learned nobody was willing to call it, most of the time. And then I realized–somebody had to be willing to speak up, to say something, to keep people on the up-and-up (including myself.) Thus, the Crusader was born. Who is your alter-ego?The Crusader. What
    is your super power?Obsessive, dogged ruthlessness. Give me something
    impossible to do, and it will get done–no matter how hard it is to
    figure out, no matter how much work it takes. I’ll suck it up and spit
    it back out shiny and golden. Give me something that’s ugly and
    unpleasant that nobody else will deal with, and I will deal with it. My
    specialization are the dirty, thankless jobs–the ones that need doing
    because no one else will do them.What’s your theme song?”Sober” by Tool. What do you fight for? How will you change the world?I
    fight for any worthy cause that needs fighting. Whether it’s the kid
    getting picked on at school (both fights I got into at high school were
    over this), telling somebody the ugly truth, or something I notice wrong
    that people politely ignore, I will bring it up, and make you deal with
    it. Pretty, ugly, lame, or not. Do you already have an arch-nemesis?No, but I am taking applications. 🙂

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  • Origin: The girl that hits rock bottom decides to rise above and demolish the barriers between her and happiness.
    Alter-Ego: Eva-Lution (since Pheonix is taken :))
    Superpower: The ability to overcome any setback and inspire people to go further than they ever thought they could… and she can do 10 clapping push ups…Theme Song: Stronger by Kanye WestI fight for people to realize their potential and live it!  Saving citizens of the world from their darkest times, and shedding light on the joy of striving for your best self!Arch-Nemesis:  My boyfriend tells it like it is and he’s always pushing me to be the best me I can be… and Yogurtland… but that’s a different kind of arch-nemesis…

    Awesome post, and I love the new images!  Have fun in Ireland!

  • Origin: The girl that hits rock bottom decides to rise above and demolish the barriers between her and happiness.
    Alter-Ego: Eva-Lution (since Pheonix is taken :))
    Superpower: The ability to overcome any setback and inspire people to go further than they ever thought they could… and she can do 10 clapping push ups…Theme Song: Stronger by Kanye WestI fight for people to realize their potential and live it!  Saving citizens of the world from their darkest times, and shedding light on the joy of striving for your best self!Arch-Nemesis:  My boyfriend tells it like it is and he’s always pushing me to be the best me I can be… and Yogurtland… but that’s a different kind of arch-nemesis…

    Awesome post, and I love the new images!  Have fun in Ireland!

  • Origin: The girl that hits rock bottom decides to rise above and demolish the barriers between her and happiness.
    Alter-Ego: Eva-Lution (since Pheonix is taken :))
    Superpower: The ability to overcome any setback and inspire people to go further than they ever thought they could… and she can do 10 clapping push ups…Theme Song: Stronger by Kanye WestI fight for people to realize their potential and live it!  Saving citizens of the world from their darkest times, and shedding light on the joy of striving for your best self!Arch-Nemesis:  My boyfriend tells it like it is and he’s always pushing me to be the best me I can be… and Yogurtland… but that’s a different kind of arch-nemesis…

    Awesome post, and I love the new images!  Have fun in Ireland!

  • Origin: The girl that hits rock bottom decides to rise above and demolish the barriers between her and happiness.
    Alter-Ego: Eva-Lution (since Pheonix is taken :))
    Superpower: The ability to overcome any setback and inspire people to go further than they ever thought they could… and she can do 10 clapping push ups…Theme Song: Stronger by Kanye WestI fight for people to realize their potential and live it!  Saving citizens of the world from their darkest times, and shedding light on the joy of striving for your best self!Arch-Nemesis:  My boyfriend tells it like it is and he’s always pushing me to be the best me I can be… and Yogurtland… but that’s a different kind of arch-nemesis…

    Awesome post, and I love the new images!  Have fun in Ireland!

  • Origin: The girl that hits rock bottom decides to rise above and demolish the barriers between her and happiness.
    Alter-Ego: Eva-Lution (since Pheonix is taken :))
    Superpower: The ability to overcome any setback and inspire people to go further than they ever thought they could… and she can do 10 clapping push ups…Theme Song: Stronger by Kanye WestI fight for people to realize their potential and live it!  Saving citizens of the world from their darkest times, and shedding light on the joy of striving for your best self!Arch-Nemesis:  My boyfriend tells it like it is and he’s always pushing me to be the best me I can be… and Yogurtland… but that’s a different kind of arch-nemesis…

    Awesome post, and I love the new images!  Have fun in Ireland!

  • KB

    I’ve always thought of myself as more of a super villain than a super hero (can’t help being drawn tot he dark side), but I suppose the basic premise is the same.
    Who is your alter-ego? The GadflyWhat is your super power? Mercilessly questioning authority and telling the truths that no one wants to hear, fighting mediocrity with cold-hard logic. What’s your theme song? The Rocky theme song, so cliche, but I can’t help pushing myself to the limit when I hear it.What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I fight for perfection in a world of mediocrity where just getting by is good enough. I will change the world by pushing those around me to push themselves (often to spite me, which is fine with me) and expecting more out of everyone around me than anyone else expects of them. Of course, never being happy with less than perfection has also turned out to be my fatal flaw as a villain in that I often sabotage myself unwittingly.Do you already have an arch-nemesis? Unfortunately not, since villains are pretty lame without arch nemeses, but I just moved to a new city so I’ve a whole new crop of possibilities.
     

  • This is probably the geekiest, funnest, thing I have ever done. Here you go, Steve. 😉

    Alter-Ego
    *Zionic Barbarian

    Super Power
    *Team Player -including but not limited to the following powers:
    Mass Encouragement
    Insane Goal Setting
    Maniacal Ambition and Motivation
    Incredible Optimism
    Frenetic Faith

    Theme Song
    *The Final Countown – Europe

    My Story
    *I am the Zionic Barbarian. My power? I’m just a team player. I fight to recruit and rally lost souls and to encourage and empower them to embrace their lives and change it. By setting healthy, attainable, and challenging goals, I can accomplish anything I choose and help others do the same. With my maniacial and unstoppable ambition and motivation to become fit, I can boost the confidence of the entire Rebellion. Staying optimistic and having faith in my fellow rebels, I assist in rallying the rebellion in victory.

    *My name is Loren Wade and I am the Zionic Barbarian. I am from the hot and scalding city of Phoenix, Arizona. Like the mythical creature that burns to ashes and is reborn, I am reborn. I fight for the Rebellion, empower my team, and change the world by helping people achieve their goals.

    My Nemesis:
    Wolfman of super human strength.
    *worldsleastinterestingman*

  • Wolfman

    Dear Zionic Barbarian,

    I’d consider throwing down a gauntlet, but SOMEONE still hasn’t taken me up on my 2-minute plank challenge.  Gee, I wonder who that could be?

    – Wolfman of the MANY Gauntlets

  • Wolfman

    Dear Zionic Barbarian,

    I’d consider throwing down a gauntlet, but SOMEONE still hasn’t taken me up on my 2-minute plank challenge.  Gee, I wonder who that could be?

    – Wolfman of the MANY Gauntlets

  • Wolfman

    Dear Zionic Barbarian,

    I’d consider throwing down a gauntlet, but SOMEONE still hasn’t taken me up on my 2-minute plank challenge.  Gee, I wonder who that could be?

    – Wolfman of the MANY Gauntlets

  • Wolfman

    Dear Zionic Barbarian,

    I’d consider throwing down a gauntlet, but SOMEONE still hasn’t taken me up on my 2-minute plank challenge.  Gee, I wonder who that could be?

    – Wolfman of the MANY Gauntlets

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • I am The Voice. I guide your whim and will, sap your opinion. I make you
    question your morality, righteousness and desires. The Song Good ‘Ol
    Fashion Nightmare plays in my mind telling me that the dirt is always
    here… Only deconstruction and questioning leads to a better place. I
    fight for life, I inch every step on the rung. Searching for a better
    place. Every word from my lips rings against the ear drum of my enemies.
    A blow never deflected only countered or absorbed. I make the world
    better for myself and in doing so hope that it is better for those in my
    life. My mother, father, brothers & friends… we all fight. but I fight for us
    all. My Nemesis IS my friend. For Solar Charge the words do not help, they hinder confuse and agitate. My words are are weak against his Ill-logic. He jabs with sound thought and when he can’t he shuts me out. I will help him defeat his demons… one day… I hope.

  • Who is your alter-ego?The Adjudicator, because it just sounds terrible, and it represents the last straw, word, action.What is your super power?
    unlimited lung capactiy and stamina to show up the bad guys and last forever! Imagine what you could achieve!

    What’s your theme song?
    AC/DC Back in Black. If megamind can use it, so can I.

    What do you fight for? How will you change the world?
    I fight for freedom and I’m changing the world by properly educating my children on food, excersize and lifestyle. Lets be real here… one bit at a time right?

    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?People who say “I can’t”. Just do it. It’s 90% will and 10% effort. Get past the 90% part and you are home free, I promise!

    All I need now is a cape! (or NF hoodie) hehehe. fight on!

  • Dear Wolfman,

    I’d consider your two minute plank a challenge if you weren’t wearing those girly gauntlets. You have more gauntlets than women have shoes.

    – Zionic Barbaian of the occasional MANLY gauntlets.

  • Dear Wolfman,

    I’d consider your two minute plank a challenge if you weren’t wearing those girly gauntlets. You have more gauntlets than women have shoes.

    – Zionic Barbaian of the occasional MANLY gauntlets.

  • Dear Wolfman,

    I’d consider your two minute plank a challenge if you weren’t wearing those girly gauntlets. You have more gauntlets than women have shoes.

    – Zionic Barbaian of the occasional MANLY gauntlets.

  • Could not sleep til I answered this post!
    Who is your alter-ego? The Priestess
    What is your super power? Healing; impervious to the awkward.
    What’s your theme song? Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye
    What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I fight for self-acceptance. Also, I will destroy one-arm hugs as an intense side battle, similar to Woody Harrelson’s hunt for Twinkies in Zombieland.
    Do you already have an arch-nemesis? My best friend, Stephanie, since late November 2009.

  • I want to get super strong at bodyweight exercises as well, my life’s challenge.Who is your alter ego? – I don’t think I have one, but I think it’s time for me to create it.What is your super power? – Invisibility What is your theme song? – I will start working on writing it right away.What do you fight for? How will you change the world? – I will fight processed food companies, to get rid of them forever.  So the new generation will not even know what they are.Do you already have an arch-nemesis? – I don’t think I do yet.As I look up at my answers, I realized I’m kind of boring. LOL

  • I want to get super strong at bodyweight exercises as well, my life’s challenge.Who is your alter ego? – I don’t think I have one, but I think it’s time for me to create it.What is your super power? – Invisibility What is your theme song? – I will start working on writing it right away.What do you fight for? How will you change the world? – I will fight processed food companies, to get rid of them forever.  So the new generation will not even know what they are.Do you already have an arch-nemesis? – I don’t think I do yet.As I look up at my answers, I realized I’m kind of boring. LOL

  • Who is your alter-ego?
    Affienia
    What is your super power?
    The endurance and flexibility required to run a homestead.
    What’s your theme song?
    Drive by Incubus
    What do you fight for?
    How will you change the world?I fight for those who have spent a lifetime believing they were worthless. I want to be an example to all those who have hit rock bottom, given up on life and come through it. It’s been 8 years since I crawled up from that place and I’m still reaching up and trying to better myself. Finally I’m doing it for me and it’s going to happen because of that. I want to change the word into a place full of people who respect themselves!
    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?
    Nope but I could really use one. I am notorious for losing focus.

  • Who is your alter-ego?
    Affienia
    What is your super power?
    The endurance and flexibility required to run a homestead.
    What’s your theme song?
    Drive by Incubus
    What do you fight for?
    How will you change the world?I fight for those who have spent a lifetime believing they were worthless. I want to be an example to all those who have hit rock bottom, given up on life and come through it. It’s been 8 years since I crawled up from that place and I’m still reaching up and trying to better myself. Finally I’m doing it for me and it’s going to happen because of that. I want to change the word into a place full of people who respect themselves!
    Do you already have an arch-nemesis?
    Nope but I could really use one. I am notorious for losing focus.

  • QuinnFerno

    Who is your alter-ego? 
    QuinnFerno.  I wanted my alter-ego to reflect that I am “more than meets the eye”, since no matter how far I level up I’ll still be short and female and therefore underestimated.  ‘Quinn’ as a tribute to Doyle from Angel who had the same catchphrase, played by the late and very missed Glenn Quinn.  ‘Inferno’ to personalise, as my last name is Byrne (burn, get it) and my first strong woman hero as a child was Flame from the aussie Gladiator series.  Continuity FTW!  Persona-wise my alter-ego should act like Hotch from Criminal Minds – he never makes a wrong decision, is completely unflappable even when blown up, has great ethics and professionalism and has amazing authority.  Doesn’t even need superpowers!

    What is your super power? 
    Being more powerful and better at self defence than anyone ever expected from someone short with two x chromosomes, while saving the animals of the world.  And shooting lightning from my hands, of course.

    What’s your theme song? 
    I’ve been putting this off, cos all I can come up with that fits my mission statement is John Mayer’s “Bigger than my body”.  And, no.  Just no.  Open to suggestions!

    What do you fight for? How will you change the world? 
    Joss Whedon’s speech for Equality now was aimed at answering why he writes strong female characters.  His response was “Because you’re still asking me that question”.  I want to be the real-life reason that stops people asking that question.  Or one of them, at least.  Injustice and animal advocacy too, naturally.

    Do you already have an arch-nemesis? 
    Not sure that it matches the above goals in a positive way exactly, but I’ve always pictured my arch nemesis as my childhood best friend.  When we were young and Xena was on telly she laughed in my face when I said I wanted to be an Amazon, but of course believed she was one.  We grew apart and went down separate paths and are both trying to prove our path was the better choice.  She lost weight, hangs around with a group of friends who constantly flatter each other and brag on facebook, and bludges off her parents to travel to glamorous places.  I studied five years to get a low-pay job as a vet, still saved enough to buy my own house, and in the process grew apart from my friends and have had trouble finding the opportunity to make new ones.  I know that if I run into her I have to look better and have a bigger better life story and improve my social life.  Petty and pathetic, but it works, and I just check her facebook page when I need a kick in the pants.  Helps the nemesis story that we both like the animals that the other is phobic of, should have been a sign!  Well you said it would be more interesting if I actually DID hate my arch-nemesis …
    Otherwise, I’m sure one of my nurses would love to make humiliating bets with me for when I fail to level up.

    Gosh, I hope this isn’t what you meant when you said ‘not a novel’!  I’ve really loved joining this site.  Now whenever I pass on the junk food at work, instead of thinking that I’m depriving myself and that being skinny isn’t worth it, instead I think “I just levelled up!”  🙂

  • This was a hard one, but here we go!

    Alter Ego:  PrimalDruid
    Theme Song:  Let’s go Eye of the Tiger.  Good enough for Rocky, good enough for me. 
    Super Power:  Superhuman Mobility.  Not only able to scramble tall buildings in a single bound, but able to climb trees, swing on vines, and perform acrobatic feats that shame Spider-Man. 
    What I Fight For:  Apart from fighting to save lives and right wrongs, I fight to help others achieve their potential.  Come out to my playground and bounce.  Together, we’ll learn just how your body was made to climb trees and swim. 
    Arch Nemesis:  Can Erwan LeCorre be my arch nemesis?  I’m going to ask him.  In the meantime, I will challenge Clawed Bear. Boom.  Glove thrown. 

  • Thomaschon1

    Alter Ego – The Ultimate Ninja!!!

    Super Power – Fight like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden!!!

    Theme Song – Something by Skrillex or “Pump It Up” by Joe Budden

    How Would You Change the World – Seek truth and fight against corporate lies. Help people get sexy aka in shape.

    Archnemsis – Unfortunately I don’t….I need one.

    btw I totally agree with your post we all need tough love and people to tell us how it is. Good post steve!

  • Thomaschon1

    Alter Ego – The Ultimate Ninja!!!

    Super Power – Fight like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden!!!

    Theme Song – Something by Skrillex or “Pump It Up” by Joe Budden

    How Would You Change the World – Seek truth and fight against corporate lies. Help people get sexy aka in shape.

    Archnemsis – Unfortunately I don’t….I need one.

    btw I totally agree with your post we all need tough love and people to tell us how it is. Good post steve!

  • Thomaschon1

    Alter Ego – The Ultimate Ninja!!!

    Super Power – Fight like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden!!!

    Theme Song – Something by Skrillex or “Pump It Up” by Joe Budden

    How Would You Change the World – Seek truth and fight against corporate lies. Help people get sexy aka in shape.

    Archnemsis – Unfortunately I don’t….I need one.

    btw I totally agree with your post we all need tough love and people to tell us how it is. Good post steve!

  • Wolfman

    Sorry, can’t talk now.  My pink, lacey gauntlets and I are too busy beating you at your own challenge…

  • JConfidence

    My Theme song: I Can’t Stop by Flux Pavilion
    http://youtu.be/3Q9rewnLFYw (Feel free to listen while you read. Sets the mood
    haha)

    Hello I am Bill, the un-assuming, quiet, polite IT guy. A
    few years ago I was in a catastrophic car accident and escaped unscathed. After
    that moment I realized that nothing could harm me and only my fears were
    holding me back. I went into that car as Bill and I emerged as Johnny
    Confidence!

    My power as Johnny Confidence is that I feel no pain, and
    thusly I have no reason to fear the consequences of leaping into the fray.
    While I’m not the strongest person out there I can’t feel the stresses of what
    I’m doing so I’m able to push further, and work harder than mere mortals. My
    bones still break, and my muscles still tear but regardless of the injury
    inflicted I am able to complete the challenge before me. 

    I use this ability to defend the weak and protect those who
    cannot protect themselves. I weather the storms that others can’t withstand,
    allowing them safety in the lee of the stone that is my stalwart will to never
    give up, never surrender. When someone falters they can grab my hand and
    together, no matter what, we will reach our destination.

    My arch nemesis is Colonel  Callous. Once a great leader of men, Callous
    has lost his way and allowed his heart to be hardened towards the plight of his
    fellow species. From his command carrier he tears town everyone trying to make
    a difference. One person can’t change the world. That person isn’t worth
    saving. They should help themselves. YOU CAN’T DO IT. 

    Sorry Colonel, I can’t stop.

  • My story: walking along minden my own buisness to afraid to do anything for sombody in help and then it hits me a bolt of lightning building my strength and speed giving me courage to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.
    Who is your alter-ego? I would be Captian America just because he has super strength What is your super power? Super strengh so I can show bullies and wife beaters what its like to be beat What’s your theme song? Do what ya gotta do- Garth Brooks What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I will fight for those who cant fight for them selves I will change the way people treat other people just because they dont feel good about them selves and beat down the Bullies Do you already have an arch-nemesis? My wife is my arch-nemesis not because she is my enemy but because she is always making me want to be better than I am she will tell me straight up if i am being an ahole or otherwise.
    This is way fun what a great way to think outside your self

  • My story: walking along minden my own buisness to afraid to do anything for sombody in help and then it hits me a bolt of lightning building my strength and speed giving me courage to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.
    Who is your alter-ego? I would be Captian America just because he has super strength What is your super power? Super strengh so I can show bullies and wife beaters what its like to be beat What’s your theme song? Do what ya gotta do- Garth Brooks What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I will fight for those who cant fight for them selves I will change the way people treat other people just because they dont feel good about them selves and beat down the Bullies Do you already have an arch-nemesis? My wife is my arch-nemesis not because she is my enemy but because she is always making me want to be better than I am she will tell me straight up if i am being an ahole or otherwise.
    This is way fun what a great way to think outside your self

  • TraceurX

    Who is your alter-ego? I’M BATMAN. just kidding I’m Me….just a more badass versionWhat is your super power? The parkour abilities of an Assassin, the strength of a Spartan, and the program to workout ANYWHERE What’s your theme song?What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I’m 14, I want to show people that just because I’m young, I am not week or uneducated. I want to show my friends that soda, candy, pizza, and all that other BS they are shoving down their throats is slowly killing them. That’s my goal to be more badass and to show that nerds can beat the sh*t out of jocks when it comes to strength training Do you already have an arch-nemesis? No (see above) but I’m putting out feelers ; )

  • TraceurX

    Who is your alter-ego? I’M BATMAN. just kidding I’m Me….just a more badass versionWhat is your super power? The parkour abilities of an Assassin, the strength of a Spartan, and the program to workout ANYWHERE What’s your theme song?What do you fight for? How will you change the world? I’m 14, I want to show people that just because I’m young, I am not week or uneducated. I want to show my friends that soda, candy, pizza, and all that other BS they are shoving down their throats is slowly killing them. That’s my goal to be more badass and to show that nerds can beat the sh*t out of jocks when it comes to strength training Do you already have an arch-nemesis? No (see above) but I’m putting out feelers ; )

  • Caithnard

    (yikes, this got long)
    The Alter-ego: The Stagehand
    The Superpower: Monkey-like climbing abilities
    The Theme Song: The Distance – Cake

    The Origin: Born to an unassuming family in the suburbs, [name redacted] developed an early love of climbing trees, walls, roofs–whatever was available.  At a young age, she was sent away, across the country, to train. There, she learnt to properly rock climb, but the allure of climbing buildings remained and she would soon have a fateful encounter with her future mentor.
    Here, she discovered the magical world of the theatre.  A place where her ability to deftly scale scaffolding and ladders was celebrated.
    However, her journey encountered a setback.  Serious injuries to her hands and feet forced her to remain grounded and, though healed, her confidence was shaken.
    Now she’s back–with new skills and more experience–she’s determined to be better than before.

    The Kryptonite: Work is empowering in small amounts, but overwork leads to burn-out.  Too much work leads to sleepless nights and 4AM Steak’n’Shake dinners.  My choice of theme song is deliberate–it’s because I forget perfection doesn’t exist and there’s a point when I need to stop, take a step back, and remember to live a little.

    The Cause: I fight for theatre’s place in communities–the conversation between actors and the audience, the intimacy that can’t be achieved through tv shows and movies.  I believe that any space, regardless of electrical or physical limitations can be transformed into a performance space, if you’re clever and resourceful.

    The Arch-Nemesis: My arch-nemesis is my roommate (we’re still at the part of the story where we’re good friends).  She is also a stagehand, but her specialty is carpentry.  She wants her set where I want my lights.  Where I value grace and agility, she favors strength.  We are working for the sake of the same show, but we are competing for time, space, and budget.

  • Zach Lee

    Name: Shadow of Hyrule
    Super Power: Parkour
    Theme Song: Black as the night and quick aslightning THE SHADOW OF HYRULE! Fliiping from building protecting others from the forces of evil king of the desert Obesity!!!!!
    Mission: To get muscular and give hope to others!
    Nemisis: Unknown 

  • name: Crimson Scar
    Super power: Super Strength
    Theme Song: Fortune Days by Glitch Mob
    Mission: To protect those I love and to fight with honor
    Nemesis: Shadow 407 (My twin who was “fatally injured” but really was kidnapped by the IrIth League) and White Kaleo ( my best friend who is Shadow 407’s apprentice) 

  • Amanda Pilmer

    Alter-ego – Stretch (not to be confused with Stretch Armstrong)

    Super power – Agility and Strength

    Theme Song – Stand Out by Powerline (Yes, from “A Goofy Movie”)

    Cause – To be the best me possible physically, mentally, and spiritually and encourage/help others to do the same. Not one of us here on this earth is insignificant and it’s time we recognize that!

    Archnemesis – My workout partners, Afton (A-Money) and Jared (Cabeza). We’re still good friends, for now . . . But they have the endurance and strength I currently lack, whereas I have the dedication they’re searching for. We push each other daily to better ourselves and point out the areas we need work, sometimes not so gently.

  • Amanda Pilmer

    Alter-ego – Stretch (not to be confused with Stretch Armstrong)

    Super power – Agility and Strength

    Theme Song – Stand Out by Powerline (Yes, from “A Goofy Movie”)

    Cause – To be the best me possible physically, mentally, and spiritually and encourage/help others to do the same. Not one of us here on this earth is insignificant and it’s time we recognize that!

    Archnemesis – My workout partners, Afton (A-Money) and Jared (Cabeza). We’re still good friends, for now . . . But they have the endurance and strength I currently lack, whereas I have the dedication they’re searching for. We push each other daily to better ourselves and point out the areas we need work, sometimes not so gently.