Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Nerd Fitness leveling up.
And the sound of YOU leveling up.
When I started Nerd Fitness 5.5 years ago, I created the tagline “Level up your life, every single day.”
I wanted to encourage people to look at life like a game, and look at themselves as the main character. I wanted to gamify how we changed and grew in our lives.
About four years ago, I created “professions” based on different methods of exercise and video game archetypes:
- Warrior – power lifting
- Ranger – cross training
- Scout – endurance training
- Assassin – bodyweight and gymnastics
- Druid – yoga and tai chi
- Monk – martial arts
At the time, I had this vision for a massively mutliplayer online fitness “game” in which Nerd Fitness Rebels could select their classes and start leveling up by completing health and fitness quests. The game was called “Rising Heroes,” and we even spent over a year and significant resources trying to bring it to life.
Ultimately, the timing wasn’t right, and I had to put the project on hold. This broke my heart, as I knew the NF community was as excited for it as I was! However, I knew there would be a way to eventually make this massive dream a reality.
Nerd Fitness started as just a blog, then it became a community, and now it’s evolving even further to literally turn life into a game. Although we have been around for five years, I feel like this is a new beginning.
The start of a new phase in our Rebellion’s history.
Rising Heroes isn’t a reality quite yet, but today we get to take a giant step closer to building the perfect platform for this “life is a game” vision.
After years of idea mapping, planning, and building the right the right team around us to make it happen, we’ve overhauled the Nerd Fitness Academy, our online fitness course and community that’s been helping over 5,500 people get fit just this year.
After months of behind the scene work, we can finally announce all of the epic and awesome changes that have come to the Academy.
Including, yes… the ability to track quests, earn experience, and literally level up your character on your way to a healthier life!
Personal Video Tour With Steve
- 0:15 – Steve’s original idea (5 years ago).
- 1:30 – What the Academy teaches (and can help you with).
- 2:57 – Teleport inside the Academy itself for a walkthrough!
- 5:00 – How leveling and gaining experience actually works.
- 5:40 – Quest types and examples of actual quests.
- 7:10 – Marking quests complete and leveling up (DING!).
- 8:45 – Available classes and plans for expansion.
- 9:27 – Walkthrough of the rest of the Academy modules and workouts.
Here’s some more information on what we’ve changed in this new update…
A Leveling and Quest System
The Nerd Fitness tagline has always been, “Level Up Your Life.”
I wanted to encourage people to look at life like a video game, and themselves as a character in that game – leveling up as quests are completed, missions are won, and skills are learned. Unfortunately, back then it was just an idea.
Now, when you sign up for the Nerd Fitness Academy, you’ll be prompted to choose which Class you’d like to be, based on classic Role-Playing Archetypes.
If you’ve been around Nerd Fitness or been on our boards, these will be obvious:
- Warrior – power lifting/strength training
- Scout – endurance, biking, running
- Ranger – cross training
- Assassin – gymnastics, bodyweight training, parkour
Once you’ve selected your class, you’ll have the opportunity to start crossing off and completing missions, quests, and achievements…and yes, leveling up 🙂
We have over 150 quests/missions in the Academy already, and we’re going to be adding more along the way.
And don’t worry, we’ll be adding Druid and Monk in no time!
It’s taken me years longer than I would have liked to bring this to Nerd Fitness, but we’ve finally done it. I’m excited to work with the Rebels in the Academy over the next few months to make sure, like any RPG, that our quests and achievements are balanced.
Eventually, our goal is to bring this feature to EVERYBODY on Nerd Fitness, regardless of whether or not you purchase anything from NF. Because development is going to take a long time on making sure we implement this right, I’m excited to share this feature with Nerd Fitness Academy members and work with them to continually improve the experience.
The Nerd Fitness Diet
We know the Paleo Diet can be too restrictive, and we know counting calories can lead to neurotic behavior and confusion.
So we’ve created our own system that is designed to help our community tackle this concept of eating better, which is 80-90% of the battle.
The Nerd Fitness Diet, isn’t really a diet, per se, but rather a tiered system of levels based on your current diet and where you want your nutrition to be.
To start, you’ll select the level of diet that most closely resembles your current diet. Then you’ll complete a two week challenge to graduate to the next level. Each level has been designed with the NF Philosophy in mind: small, deliberate changes that focus on long-term, sustained results.
We’re excited to help you level up your nutrition, and will be continuing to improve this experience!
A Simplified System
Getting fit, losing weight, and strength training is confusing work.
One of the biggest issues people have on their journey is getting overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.
We hear ya. So we’ve simplified the hell out of the Academy, and structured it in a way so that ANYBODY, whether you’re 18 or 80, will know exactly what to do to get started:
- Which missions and quests are critical
- Which side quests can be completed at a later date
- Specifically which workout plan to follow, and for how long
Along with ALL of that, you’ll get every tool and feature you need for the confidence to get started, a few dozen workout plans applicable for ANY situation (gym, home, park, outer space, etc.), dozens of recipes to help you get started with cooking, and a special supportive community of Academy students who are going through the Academy alongside you.
We’ve taken all of the great stuff that’s helping 5,500+ people get healthy, and we’ve made it even easier to get started. We want to remove any barrier between you and your leveled-up self, whether those barriers are mental, physical, or emotional.
Rebels of All Shapes and Sizes Getting Results
I wanted to share with you some testimonials and success stories from people already inside the Academy.
It’s easy to hear me say “Here’s why this is important,” but I want you to hear from actual students too. Here are REAL people with jobs, children, and busy lives and are still having success:
Join us this week for special bonus
We’re just getting started.
You know how Marvel used Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America to set up The Avengers?
Think of the NF Academy as the first piece in a master plan over the next few years to truly bring the Nerd Fitness philosophy to life!
The NF Academy will continue to improve, character pages and leveling will be introduced to all parts of Nerd Fitness (both paid and free), and I have no doubt this community will be prepped and ready for world domination.
Now, I like people who take action, and I know one of the best ways to succeed is to invest in yourself. On top of that, I want to get your thoughts and results on the new and improved Academy.
So I’m gonna sweeten the pot: for the next four days (until Friday August 1st at 11:59PM PST), we’re offering a special bonus to people that join the Academy (don’t worry, current Academy owners – you’ll get this too).
If you join the NF Academy before Friday at midnight (or if you’re already in the Academy), I’ll be hosting a LIVE webinar and exclusive Q&A on Thursday Evening, August 21st.
We’ll be focusing the half-party, half-training webinar on the best way to APPLY every part of the Academy to your own life. We’re going to make sure this sticks for you – and for you to see results even in the first few weeks.
And I’ll be hanging around for as long as necessary to answer any and all questions you have about your first three weeks in the Academy. (We’re recording it all for you, too).
If you’re one of those people that says “oh I’ll join eventually” or “meh, maybe some day” consider this the fire lit under your ass to FINALLY TAKE ACTION.
I’m so proud of what the NF Team has been able to put together.
Thanks again for being part of Nerd Fitness, and make sure you’ve got sunglasses: the future is bright and we’re just getting started.
FOR THE REBELLION!
PS: I hope you join us in the Academy – this course comes with a LIFETIME money back guarantee, because I want you to feel confident that this is the best way you can help yourself level up your life (literally!).
PPS: Keep an eye out for our article on Thursday – We’re sharing the biggest success story in Nerd Fitness History! Anthony who dropped 210 pounds over the past 12 months following the Nerd Fitness philosophy – his story brought me to tears. I can’t wait to share it with you.