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Hi there. I'm Steve.

I founded Nerd Fitness way back in 2009. Wherever you are coming from, I’m glad you are here. Every week, I send out a short email that’s guaranteed to make you live a tiny bit better, think a little deeper, and overcome the obstacles that get in the way.

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Weight Loss Medication and Video Games

To view this email as a webpage, click here I spent the past week in The Land of Shadow. It was miserable. I loved almost every minute of it. I recently finished playing Shadow of the Erd Tree, the expansion for 2022’s game of the year, Elden Ring. In case you’re unfamiliar, Elden Ring is an action-adventure game where you play as an undead warrior tasked with slaying grotesque bosses across a hauntingly beautiful landscape. Fair warning: I will be making QUITE the analogy between two toxic...

To view this email as a webpage, click here Last week, one of the world’s most popular shows finally made its way to Netflix: LOST. I’m excited for more people to discover this show. Because from 2004 to 2010, I tuned into ABC each week to find out what happened to the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815. Although it didn’t quite land the plane (heyo!) with its final few seasons, few will take umbrage with my belief that one episode in particular was one of the best hours of TV I’ve ever seen:...

To view this email as a webpage, click here Last week, Wells Fargo fired a bunch of their remote employees. It turns out that these employees were “simulating keyboard activity” (with a program/device that automatically typed keys or jiggled their mouse when they weren't at their computer). Why? Because that’s how these employees were evaluated: Not by how many clients they brought in, nor how many relationships they fostered, but by how many hours they were active on their computers. So...

To view this email as a webpage, click here A few weeks ago, I got a parking ticket. I went to meet up with a group of friends at a bar in Nashville, and forgot to pay the $5 for parking at the parking terminal on my way in. After about 45 minutes, while sitting in the restaurant, I remembered. Oh crap. I ran out to my car, and sure enough, right there tucked under my windshield wiper was a small manilla envelope. I sheepishly grabbed it, and saw a fine for $70 plus a processing fee. My $7...

To view this email as a webpage, click here I don’t really like to exercise. Okay, I kind of like picking up heavy weights and doing handstands. But I certainly don’t love “cardio.” Rather than nerd out about biomechanics, I’m more interested in anthropology and human behavior. Rather than going to run a 5K, I’d rather sit on my couch and play Fallout 4 I (just watched the show, it’s fantastic.) What I’m trying to say is I’m not a fitness nerd. I’m a nerd who tries to be fit. So if you’re...

To view this email as a webpage, click here Today I’m going to teach you a valuable lesson about time from a giant tree. No, not Groot. Redwoods. If you drive down the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California, you’ll find yourself weaving in and out of some of the most majestic, gigantic redwood trees you’ll ever see. If you’re having trouble picturing this in your mind, think back to the Endor speeder chase scene in The Return of the Jedi. This scene was filmed near the Avenue of the...

To view this email as a webpage, click here Last week, I downloaded a new video game to play. And 30 minutes later, I uninstalled the game. Not because I didn’t like the game, but specifically because I liked the game too much.The game is called Dave the Diver, where you are a SCUBA Diver/Sushi restaurant owner. You spend each day diving and catching fish, and then each evening serving sushi at the restaurant. This game pressed every biological button my brain has for “efficiency.” My brain...

To view this email as a webpage, click here It’s been a while since we’ve done a “newsletter” challenge… As part of my operation “Revisit the past 15 years of Nerd Fitness,” and after writing about our Never 2 in a Row Rule, I updated one of the most popular posts and ideas I’ve ever put together: 20 Seconds of Courage. What started as an obscure line from an obscure Matt Damon movie, We Bought a Zoo, has since become a rallying cry for the Nerd Fitness Rebellion, our community of nerds. Feel...

To view this email as a webpage, click here I was talking with a friend recently who said he had hit a bit of a plateau. We’ve all been there - that uncomfortable place where the scale stops moving, or the strength gainz slow down. Heck, I’ve even written a whole article about busting through a plateau. As I’ve been revisiting the last 15 years of Nerd Fitness, I stumbled across an absolute doozy of an old video of me. It’s baby Steve, from 11 years ago, sitting on a poop-brown couch (Why did...

To view this email as a webpage, click here I bet you feel burned out right now. Overworked, underpaid, anxious, stretched too thin. All of those fun things! I also bet you’re frustrated you can’t lose weight the way you’d hoped, you wish you had more energy to get your job done, and you wish you could be a better partner and parent. You’re struggling, and you wish you could just get your sh** together. Have no fear, self-care is here! The solution to all of our problems can be found with...