Six Weeks to Awesome. You In?

Greetings from Washington, DC!

After a week in San Diego, 48 hours in Los Angeles, and one of the best weekends I’ve ever had in New York City, I’m at my new “home”…as soon as I can find one!  If you happen to live in DC and have any connections with apartment rental places or people, make sure you check out the PS note at the end of the article!

But that’s not the point of today’s article.

The point of today’s article is that up here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s now Fall.  The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the temperature is starting to drop.  Summer is over, bathing suit season is done, and pretty soon it’ll be dark when you go to work and dark when you come home; all you’ll want to do is curl up in a ball, watch TV, and gorge on Chinese takeout.  “Why bother getting in shape now?” you might ask…after all, you can hide yourself under big sweaters, long pants and boots until the Spring, right?

That might fly elsewhere, but not here at Nerd Fitness, sucka!

We members of the Rebellion never stop pushing for a better life: for ourselves, for our family, for those we hold dear.  While others are sleeping, we are training.  While our coworkers are stuffing their faces with unhealthy food, we’re learning new recipes and teaching ourselves to cook.  While others are playing video games…well, we’re probably playing video games too, because we’re still nerds and like to have fun.

However, we know that within each of us resides a hero with an epic destiny.  

And that there is a community of like-minded superheroes-in-training waiting for help you level up your life.

6 Weeks to Awesome

The Nerd Fitness community is exploding (not literally).

Within a matter of hours we should pass 70,000 total posts, 3000 members (holy crap) and within the next week we should pass 10,000 email and rss subscribers (are you signed up?).  I was talking to my friend Saint today (yeah, the 60 pounds overweight to 6-pack abs guy) about NF’s incredible growth and he came up with the best phrase for it:

“It’s like…its own being.” 

Yup.  It is awesome.

I have never been more proud or honored to be a part of such a kick-ass movement…which is why I’m proud to join the latest Nerd Fitness 6-week challenge that starts today!

You can read all the rules here, but it’s incredibly simple:

Just because it’s getting colder and darker doesn’t mean it’s time to start slacking.  If anything, this is the time when things are most important!  Although I don’t have my goals figured out yet (I’ll put finishing touches on them tonight), Here are a few I’m working on:

  • Gain 15 pounds.  Yeah, that’s just under 3 pounds per week.  I’m looking to bulk up and pack on some more muscle (something I’ve done a few times), so you can expect me to be drinking lots of whole milk and eating bags of almonds and jars of almond butter 🙂
  • Sign up for a gym membership and find an apartment – once I track down an apartment, I’m going to get a gym membership – although I plan on continuing to do body weight and gymnastic training, I miss my squats and deadlifts and overhead presses!  3 days a week is the goal.
  • Fail at something! I’ve already had a few small failures lately, but I want to keep pushing myself to try new things – if I don’t fail, I’m not reaching far enough.  I know there’s a parkour gym here that I’d like to try out, and possibly look into some Kung Fu and/or Breakdancing lessons.  I’m going to stay busy and active during these winter months, damnit!
  • Start volunteering again.  When I lived in Atlanta, I used to help volunteer at the children’s hospital (I was the number caller for Bingo, ha!) every week and absolutely loved it – nothing put life more quickly into perspective than an afternoon there.  I’d love to find a great organization to volunteer with here in the DC area as well.
  • Find a new group of friends.  I’m very new to DC, but I’m looking forward to meeting new people at my various activities, volunteering, and clubs.  People to play sports with, climb with, play videogames with, etc.

So, that’s what I’m working on.  What are YOU working on?  Join the 3,000 of us on the boards – I have honestly never seen a more civilized, well-behaved, supportive, and amazing group of people when it comes to a message board community.

Come see for yourself…we rule 🙂

Sweatshirts and Google!

The Nerd Fitness hoodies have officially arrived at NF’s new merchandise headquarters (my sister’s apartment)!  They are going to start shipping out all preorders and new orders over these next few days.  THANK YOU for your patience on this.  I ordered a bunch extra of each size so they’re now all in stock….you know you want one 🙂

Pullover? Zip Up? Either way you win.

On top of that, I got my footage from my talk at Google Dublin the other day!  I’m excited to chop it up and post some videos on the site.  I’m hoping to do a LOT  more speaking engagements soon, so if you are in charge of your company or school’s department for booking speakers, let me know and let’s make this happen.

And Nerd Fitness t-shirts will be back in stock starting next week as well!

Be better

It doesn’t matter where you started, only where you’re headed.

Be better today than you were yesterday.  You’ve got 3,000 people who want to help you succeed by answering any questions you have and supporting you when you need it most.

Join us, and start kicking some ass.

-Steve

PS – if you happen to live in DC, or have any leads on apartments – here’s what I’m looking for: a one-bedroom place or studio in the Columbia Heights, U Street, Chinatown, or Capitol Hill area, for a short term lease 4-6 months, available to move in on November 1st (which is flexible).  If you happen to have connections or leads, email me at steve@nerdfitness.com – I understand that living in this part of town by myself will be expensive; I’m okay with that! 

PPS – As I said previously, I’m also looking to volunteer here in DC – if you are part of any organizations, let me know – I love helping out kids so keep that in mind!

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  • Amber Bosch

    First comment! Woo! Awesome post Steve. I’m doing the challenge. I have my goals figured out. I think you will be finding 10-12 of those pounds of muscle in fat that I lose! I am NOT in charge of getting speakers to UAA, but I’ll see if I can put in a request to have you speak here. I think you could really help out a lot of us Alaskans in the motivation department. In the state where winter is basically one LONG night, it is VERY tempting to put on a good movie and veg after work or school. Keep being awesome…and good luck with the whole failing thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553099610 Gabriel Goyo

    Steve, if you want to learn Kung Fu, you may want to read a little bit about Wing Chun! It’s awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck in Washington DC!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck in Washington DC!

  • Dawsy

    It’s getting warmer and lighter here…do I still have to be awesome? Oh alright, I will 🙂

  • Spritemaster13

    Hey Steve. Matthew here. I’m like you. I’m small, but big. I’m 5’5″, 130 pounds. I’m skinny, but I can afford to shed some fat. I’m looking to take this challenge. As it will be my first, I’m not looking to drop 30 pounds or gain 15 pounds of muscle. My goals include gaining at least 5 pounds of muscle, and I’m going to cut out alot of the junk out of the diet. I was also thinking of going paleo for the next challenge. If only. lmao XDDD

  • Stevebrady72

    Why DC? Just curious. I go there every year (chaperone my middle school kids). It s a great city

  • http://wordsandcoconuts.wordpress.com Monica

    Hey Steve,  You should look into the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (www.playtimeproject.net) and Southeast White House (http://sewhitehouse.org/index.asp).  Both are programs that work with kids.  You should also look into Potomac/Patriot Crossfit in Arlington, VA (Courthouse Metro) if you’re still looking for a gym.  It is an amazing gym with a really cool group of people.  Let me know if any of this works out!  Cheers, Monica

  • Monica

    My bad, PCF –> Clarendon, not courthouse, metro.  Anyway, best of luck in DC!

  • http://twitter.com/cate108 Caitlin Iles

    Hey Steve, 
    Just discovered your site a few days ago and I have to say it was just the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve been doing Paleo on and off for the last couple of years (my sister has Celiac and her nutritionist suggested she try it out), but I never had the motivation to stick with it. The six week challenge has inspired me to quit smoking (day one smoke-free, yay!) and finally commit to the paleo life-style full-force, no more excuses. Since I can’t afford a gym membership, your body-weight workouts have been crazy helpful. Been sending out the link love to several health-minded friends and I think you’ve made converts out of them as well. Just a quick question though. I’m trying to set myself some fitness-specific goals in terms of body fat % and all my sources seem to suggest different healthy percentages for females. Any sites/people you can suggest I look into? 

  • http://twitter.com/cate108 Caitlin Iles

    Hey Steve, 
    Just discovered your site a few days ago and I have to say it was just the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve been doing Paleo on and off for the last couple of years (my sister has Celiac and her nutritionist suggested she try it out), but I never had the motivation to stick with it. The six week challenge has inspired me to quit smoking (day one smoke-free, yay!) and finally commit to the paleo life-style full-force, no more excuses. Since I can’t afford a gym membership, your body-weight workouts have been crazy helpful. Been sending out the link love to several health-minded friends and I think you’ve made converts out of them as well. Just a quick question though. I’m trying to set myself some fitness-specific goals in terms of body fat % and all my sources seem to suggest different healthy percentages for females. Any sites/people you can suggest I look into? 

  • http://www.Extreme-Exercises.com ExtremeExercises

    Awesome! going to sign up for the community now!

  • http://twitter.com/AmandaStretch Amanda Pilmer

    I worked with Reach Out and Read (http://reachoutandread.org/) in Alexandria for the last year, until I started a new grad program. Literacy advocacy and reading to kids FTW! 

    If you need some hiking friends, I know some great people going on a hike this coming Saturday I can hook you up with. I’d be going myself if I didn’t have to meet up with my study partner.

    Welcome to DC! Good luck with this new chapter!

  • Anonymous

    Steve, NF Meetup in DC around Thanksgiving? 

  • Uncle Bebo

    Hey Steve, goodluck on the weight gain! Ive had great success in the past with whole milk (GOMAD anyone?) that went hand in hand with great success in building up a giant gut. Also, I managed to gain most of the weight in my face and head…weirdly. However, it DID help me get stronger ( with real strength training : heavy squats, deadlifts, bench, press, row) and pack on muscle mass though of the 25 pounds or so I gained possibly five to ten was lean muscle. If you do this weight gain program, and I hope you do, please give us detailed updated on your progress as well as pics and what specific excersises you are doing during this period. This site is the best, thanks for such a great community, and best of luck!

  • Hbyrne

    It won’t let me register. ;(

  • http://twitter.com/icedtrip Jonathan Metts

    Welcome to DC! I live in NOVA (Ballston / Arlington). As for connections for a short term lease apartment, I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but can check with a Realtor friend that may handle apartments if you want. With that said, make sure you check out http://www.padmapper.com . It pulls from craigslist, rent.com, apartments.com and a number of other places and is how I found my place (it pulled mine from craigslist).

    Don’t know of any specific Org for children charity work, but I see that others in the comments section have listed some.

    DC’s a great area….close to a lot of hiking areas, a good number of places not too far away to Snowboard / Ski during Winter, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and tons of other outdoor stuff; and you are just in time for Halloween! Gonna be a fun weekend coming up.

    There is also no shortage of social activities to meet people. Kickball, Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Basketball, Corn Hole, and even Skee Ball leagues just to name a few. I’m part of a couple and love it (Volleyball and Kickball).

    It’s interesting you are looking into Kung Fu because I am about to look into some Muay Thai lessons in the Court House area of Arlington for some good workout sessions. A couple months back I found my motivation to get into shape (6’3, 250lbs at the time), and have been putting things into place to make it happen (better diet, strength training, and cardio).

    I’ve got a few things I’ll be going to this weekend and a group of friends that are constantly having one activity or another. Shoot me an email if you’re interested in doing something this weekend (Halloween!) or anytime at all: jmetts (at) gmail [dot] com

  • http://twitter.com/stacixmarie Staci

    what’s it saying?  If you email contact@nerdfitness.com we can help you out 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/CoachKoenig Jason Koenig

    Welcome to Chocolate City! Let’s do a happy hour/meet-up/workout soon. 

    I’m in Gambrills, about 30 minutes north/northeast of DC but work only 5 minutes from NE DC.

  • aj

    I second the request for a DC meetup sometime near Thanksgiving! Maybe the Tuesday night before everyone starts traveling?

  • N. Madrigal

    Clearly, I’ve got plenty of catching up to do. Challenge accepted. 

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