Spotlight on: Nerd Fitness

This is part of a series highlighting blogs, podcasts, and sites I find helpful, motivational, or downright funny.

A few years ago, I was growing frustrated with my efforts to get in shape. All attempts at a diet failed. I would stick with a weight-lifting routine but then abandon it because I’d hurt a knee or shoulder. I tried running and that wasn’t any fun, especially in my neighborhood where ‘creepy’ is a regular weather forecast. And yoga just didn’t seem to be enough.

I don’t know what I typed in the search bar one day but Nerd Fitness popped up. “Hey,” I figured. “I’m a nerd. I’m awkward. I’m a reader. I play the D&D. Why not check this out?”

Lol, that’s not what I thought at all.

Instead, my nerd rage kicked in. “Oh, I betcha this guy isn’t even a nerd. He’s just some bro marketing to a subculture that happens to be ‘in’ right now. I have to see how awful and cringy it is.”


Yeah, the hate was really that strong.

One of the most popular workouts the website offered was ‘The Beginner’s Body Weight Workout’. It was all exercises I knew I could do and best yet, I could do them at home. I figured, if I can stick with this easy Level 1 basic routine, I’m not a total failure and Nerd Fitness isn’t so bad.

The site also offered advice on healthy eating. It covers different diets, why they work, why they don’t work, and encourages a good amount of skepticism. It’s not advocating for any one diet but to question everything you’ve heard about nutrition and figure out what works for you. The most consistent advice is just to shove more vegetables in your face and maybe cut down on the soda. Easy enough.

I stuck with just doing the basics. I didn’t use any of the forums or tools. I didn’t pay for their Academy or private coaching. I just did the Beginner’s Body Weight workout and read the free blog whenever they updated.

Over a year, I lost 60 pounds.

That’s me on the right. Dude on the left is my excellent husband.

That’s me on the right. Dude on the left is my excellent husband.

I finally had the self-confidence to go to an anime convention and cosplay one of my favorite characters, Major Kusanagi. And it wouldn’t have happened if my indignation hadn’t led me to check this website out, to help instill some really good habits, and stop relying on motivation alone.

The creator of Nerd Fitness, Steve Kamb, seems to be a pretty cool, sincere dude who stresses small changes done consistently and that’s what I needed more than any gimmick. If you’re struggling with your weight, I’d recommend checking out this site.