Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Part 2: Nerd Fitness

There is a website called "Nerd Fitness." It is run by a guy named, "Steve." He basically takes working out, diet and being a better you and puts it into geek/nerd speak. He writes fun articles that explain things or give tips and tricks. More importantly, it has a forum and community of like minded people that encourage one another.

This is the closest I have come to finding something like what I did in LA when I lost all the weight the last time. Everyone on the boards is quite awesome and very encouraging. I have been lurking around on the site for a bit now trying to decide what to do. I have a 24 Hour Fitness membership and through this site, I have a bit of guidance as to what I could/should be doing while I am there.

Halloween Selfie: Ready For Adventure

Now part of what Nerd Fitness does to put things into a geek/nerd language is treating your fitness goals as a Dungeons and Dragons (Role Playing Game) style quest.

So as with all RPGs the first thing you need to do is make your character [LINK, but below are the basics]:
Step One: Determine Your Race

"Every RPG always has elves, hobbits, ogres, trolls, humans, wood elves, night elves, etc. Each race has their own particular attributes that make them who they are. Take a look in the mirror RIGHT NOW. That’s your race. 300 pounds overweight, 50 pounds underweight, average, tall, short, beer gut, 6-pack abs, etc. These are attributes about yourself that you cannot change immediately, so that’s your starting point. Depending on your “race,” certain professions will be easier or harder for you to obtain." Examples: An ogre (really tall and quite overweight), An elf (incredibly thin)

Step Two: Let’s determine your class or profession.

Primary attributes: Strength
Training: Pure strength-building weight training, Olympic lifting.
Real life example: Any World’s Strongest Man competitor, any of the weightlifters in the Olympics.

Primary attributes: Stamina
Training: Lots of distance training, long bike rides, high volume exercises with any sort of weight training.
Real life example: Marathon runners, Ironman athletes.

Primary attributes: Functional strength, adaptability.
Training: Lots of weight training but with minimal downtime (think crossfit and 300 training).
Real Life example: Gerard Butler in 300, Annie Thorisdottir

Primary Attributes: Agility, stamina
Training: Parkour, free running, rock climbing.
Real World example: Parkour traceurs, free runners, most athletes on Ninja Warrior.

Primary Attributes: Agility, power
Training: MMA, Capoeria, Muay Thai boxing, Tai Kwon Do
Real life example:Georges St. Pierre (MMA fighter).

Primary attributes: Agility, flexibility
Training: Meditation, yoga, tai chi
Real life example: Yoga instructors

Primary Attributes: Varies on the adventurer and the path they choose to take.
Training: Beginner’s programs - Starting Strength, C25K, etc.
Real Life Examples: Weight Loss

Step Three: Attribute Points
  • Strength (STR) - physical strength
  • Dexterity (DEX) - agility and speed
  • Stamina (STA) - Endurance and Energy
  • Constitution (CON) - ability to resist damage and disease
  • Wisdom (WIS) - intuition and sense of things around himself
  • Charisma (CHA) - force of personality and physical attractiveness
"You start at level 0 with 0 attribute points.  If you join a challenge, and complete the first 3 weeks (50%) you move up to Level 1, at which point you can assign yourself 10 starting attribute points."

I think by now you can figure out why I like this so much. I will be starting out as:

Race: Human | Class: Adventurer
[Level: 0STR 0 | DEX 0 | STA 0 | CON 0 | WIS 0 | CHA 0 ]

Next up: Part 3: The Plan

No comments: