Fallen Off the Wagon? Today is National Respawn Day.

Be honest, you probably stuffed your face (multiple times!) over the past week.  Or maybe it’s been weeks and weeks of falling off the health wagon.

The holidays are often a perfect storm of chaos that can knock off us our footing when it comes to getting fit.

Maybe you made a declaration to friends earlier this year that THIS TIME was going to be different, and you’re afraid to tell them that you’re gonna try again.

Maybe you posted on the Nerd Fitness message boards with all the motivation in the world, and you’re afraid to come back and say that you have to start back at square one.

Maybe you REALLY thought this last try was going to be different, and now you feel like a loser because you can’t seem to get it together.

Whatever happened, you might be feeling down and out. If it’s not you, it might be a friend of yours who also started out strong, fell by the wayside, and doesn’t know how to start back up again.

Welp, you’re in luck.

Because TODAY is National Respawn Day.

Everybody waits for an arbitrary date in the future (specifically January 1st).

F*** that! Do you know how much you can accomplish in 30 days!? Everything! Enough to set yourself up for permanent success.

It’s time to come back to life!

What’s A Respawn?

Halo Spawn

Sometimes, shit happens.

In video games, we die when facing a particularly tough bad guy or challenge, and so we respawn – coming back to life and rejoining the battle from just a short distance away.

When we hit a terrible shot in golf when playing amongst friends, we shake it off, make fun of ourselves, and use a ‘mulligan’ to hit another one.

But in life, when we try to get fit and struggle…we call ourselves losers and give up. We’re ashamed that we tried and failed.

Hmmmm, one of these things is not like the other.

Why do we take the bumps in the road on the path to a leveled up life personally? Why do we think these challenges are a reflection on who we are?

Today we’re going we’re no longer afraid to admit to our friends that we need to respawn. It’s time to stop looking at our “failure” to get healthy as a personal reflection on who we are as a person, and instead look at it for what it is: a temporary game over; an opportunity to learn, respawn, and try again.

How do you defeat the final boss in a video game? As any Dark Souls 2 player will attest, by dying, A LOT. Dying starts a process of learning what doesn’t work, and what does. Then you slowly you adjust your strategy until you get close.

And then maybe you die again, and want throw your controller against the wall. But you don’t…because you know less than another half dozen tries will get you to victory. And… on the 137th attempt, you finally succeed, and you drop a loud “F*** YEAH!”… scaring the crap out of your cat.

Here’s the truth: Everyone fails! A LOT. At everything. The difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t is that some people, full of grit, will respawn repeatedly. Others throw the controller, cross their arms, and declare “this game is dumb.”

Welp, as Rocky tells his son in Rocky XXXVII (I think that’s how many there are now): “it ain’t about how hard you can hit…it’s about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward”:

Rocky Video

Let’s find our respawn point in real life.

The Respawn Point


Hopefully by now you’re part of the Nerd Fitness message boards – a place full of about 30,000 of the most supportive amazing people you’ll ever meet.

They want you to succeed and they want you to come back and give it another shot.

So we created a section of the boards called the Respawn Point. Think of it as a ‘do-over’, mulligan section if you will. (HUGE credit to Academy Member and Rebel Retrho who came to us with this idea, and inspired this very article. Nailed it.)

PLEASE start a thread in there and vent to your heart’s content. Maybe life got busy; maybe you got a new boyfriend or girlfriend and stopped exercising; maybe you lost your job and drowned yourself in booze or WOW for a month.

Whatever it is…Jackson 5 said it best – we want you back. We want you to resurrect at the respawn point…and freaking get back in the fight! Rez yourself and get back in there.

Rezzing and coming back to life isn’t a moment to come back with your shoulders slumped and tail between your legs. It’s not a time for self-pity, guilt, or self-loathing…it’s a time to celebrate. This is the most exciting part of the movie/book – this is the part where the audience waits in anticipation: “wait, he’s going to fight!”

Plus, let’s be honest, the mythical phoenix is one of the coolest animals ever.

So, we want you to start a thread, tell us that what went wrong, and then tell us that you’re ready to respawn and give it another shot. There will be no judgment, no opinions, no sadness….only cheers from the Rebel faithful for getting back in the fight.

What happened happened, and now it’s time to cast a “phoenix down,” put on your hard hat and get back to work.

Not only that, but I’m gonna sweeten the pot too: For every rebel that successfully rezzes and tells us that they’re getting back in the fight, Nerd Fitness is going to donate a freaking X-Wing to the Rebel Alliance.

Okay, so in lieu of X-wings not being fully operational yet, we’ll donate $2 per Rez (up to $2,000) to Child’s Play Charity which helps provide entertainment to sick kids in hospitals.

Yeah, that’s right. All you have to do is commit to getting back on the horse, and you’ll have an army of 30,000 ready to cheer you on. Plus, you have to do it because it’s for a great cause. Bribery FTW!

All I ask is that after you respawn, you give yourself the best possible chance to win:

  • Be Selfish: MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. Leave work early to get to the gym. Go to bed instead of going out drinking with friends. Say no to another game of Call of Duty so you can prepare dinner.
  • Use buffs if you have to. Recruit friends to help, or use a strategy guide.
  • Attack the problem differently. Don’t do the same thing and expect different results. If the treadmill and starving yourself didn’t work, STOP IT! Try a new technique or tactic this time!

Rez a friend


“But Steve, I’m still rockin and rollin, like a maxed out Wizard. How can I help?”

I want you to rez a friend. 

If you have a friend (or know a member on the NF message boards) that has dropped off the face of the earth, pass this message along to them, and invite them to jump back in. Bring them back to life, and celebrate the fact that they’re gonna give it another chance.

It’s no big deal to drop a rez in any RPG and get your friends back up for the fight. Life is a game, and it should be no different.

Encourage your friend to try again, to shake off the last effort, and give it another go. Encourage them to start now, instead of digging themselves further into a hole for another month or year before snapping out of the funk; do it now!

After all, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in 30 days.

Get back in the game

Dark Souls

Do you know what you get done in 30 Days!?

A lot. Which is different from alot. Instead of waiting until January 1st to get started, why not have a freaking KICK-ASS 30 day stretch and hit January 1st with star-power momentum?

In 30 days you can:

  • Get halfway through a PLP challenge, the workout plan that turned me into freaking Wolverine, an antifragile badass.
  • Take a Paleo challenge and see how your body adapts to cutting out sugar/paleo and grains. (Hint: I think your body is gonna like it)
  • Build a new habit! Take a Hard Hat challenge and build a new habit.
  • Work on handstands every day.
  • Commit to finally start eating vegetables.
  • Do something you love, even if you suck at it.
  • Start walking to Mordor. 4 miles a day will have you almost to Bree by the New Year.

If you’re somebody that wants more instruction and is interested in leveling up your life (literally) in your month back, consider checking out The Nerd Fitness Academy.

Pick ONE thing from the list above, and get started. Don’t wait for the new year or some arbitrary date to begin.

Sure, “dying” sucks, but everybody loves a great comeback story. It’s a freaking time to celebrate, and a chance for you to actually say “HELLO BOYS! I’m BAAAACK!”

Except without the, you know, blowing up an alien spaceship thing.

Respawn, and re-engage.

The world needs you. We need you.



photo source: jit: Dark Souls 2, BradleypJohnson: Go, Michael M. F.: Halo, Joi Ito: Kaptah

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  • Stacey

    Is there a button to respawn…like: hey I need to start over, please start sending emails from the beginning or at least “please stop sending me week # ___ emails” so I can stop feeling awful about having to respawn? Thanks!