We are lucky enough to have Steve Kamb of NerdFitness.com stop by and do an exculsive interview with Exercise.com. Steve is known across the internet fitness world as the “Rebel Leader” of the desk jockeys, nerds, and average Joes.
Steve, along with his website NerdFitness.com, gives a great opportunity for all types of people to become fit together.
We can continue to tell you more about Steve Kamb and NerdFitness.com but figured the below interview would explain everything better. Check out our exclusive interview and then join our Nerd Fitness group to become part of the fitness revolution.
What is “Nerd Fitness”?
Nerd Fitness is exactly what it sounds like: a fitness website for nerds, desk jockeys, and average Joes. On a deeper level, we’re a community of superheroes-in-training who are working hard to help each other level up our lives.
We’re all busy, we all have day jobs, families, and even sometimes a social life – but we also all want to feel better, look better, and live better.
If you’ve made a decision that you want to get healthy but don’t know where to start, Nerd Fitness is your new home.
What tips would you give to anyone starting to work out?
First and foremost, get your diet under control – you can’t out-train a bad diet, and you can’t outrun your fork. I’d argue that 80% of your success or failure when it comes to muscle building or weight loss will be dependent on how well you eat.
As far as fitness goes, find something that you like, and find a way to do it every day. If running on a treadmill bores the crap out of you, don’t do it! Try weight lifting! If weight lifting isn’t your thing, try yoga, or ultimate frisbee, or rock climbing, or whatever!
Once you find an activity that you like, find a way to do it as often as possible. I’m all for any activity that gets your body moving and your heart racing as long as you’re enjoying it.
When did fitness become important to you?
When I was 16, I was cut from my high school basketball team. As a 5’10”, 100 pound weakling, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it really devastated me…and I decided then and there I needed to actually work on my health and fitness.
I signed up for a gym membership the next day, almost killed myself by trying to do WAY too much weight on the bench press, but fell in love with training.
I loved the idea of leveling up myself like a video game character — I knew I was improving if I could pick up a weight this week that I couldn’t lift last week.
However, it was six years later that things finally clicked. After graduating college, I moved out to California, worked out with a personal trainer for a few sessions, radically adjusted my diet, and saw more progress in 30 days than I had in the entire six years previously.
From that moment on, I became addicted to learning how the body worked, how one’s diet affected body composition and fitness. I read every book I could on fitness, spoke with as many trainers as possible, and really tried to educate myself.
I figured if it took me six years of struggle before seeing results, there had to be other people out there like me who wanted to make a change but didn’t know how.
Nerd Fitness became that place for beginners to get the right info without having to make six years of mistakes like me.
Train Anyone, Anywhere in the World.
If you could work out anywhere, where would it be and why?
I fell in love with body weight training while traveling for most of 2011. I never had access to a gym, and I spent a majority of my days chasing the summer (started in the southern hemisphere for the beginning of 2011 before working my way north).
Because of that, I think my favorite gym would probably be a shaded, open air location overlooking the ocean somewhere tropical. As long as I can find a tree branch or swing set or roof overhang from which to do pull ups, I can get my workout in.
After that, a quick jump in the ocean before a big meal…sounds like heaven to me.
What is your favorite type of workout?
This is a tough one, as I really enjoy old school barbell training — in my opinion, nothing can compete with dead lifts, squats, overhead presses, and things of that nature as far as strength training and muscle building go.
However, I haven’t been able to use a gym much lately, so I’ve had to switch almost exclusively to body weight training…and I fell in love with it.
Hand stand push ups, one legged squats, plyo-pull ups, planches, front levers – I didn’t realize it until doing the research but you can get an absolutely incredible workout in without picking up a single weight.
So these days, now that I have a “home” (kind of) and access to a gym, I mix the two together — strength and balance building bodyweight exercises with heavy barbell training (mostly lower body stuff) allow me to build a body and lifestyle I’m happy with.
On top of that, there’s rarely a day when I’m not looking forward to my workout.
We would like to thank Steve for taking the time to do such a great interview. We would recommend going over to NerdFitness.com and reading the Rebel Fitness Guide. Exercise.com is all about connecting with people trying to promote healthier living.
Whether you need a FREE workout plan or a workout tracker, Exercise.com is the #1 source for all of your fitness needs. Be sure to FOLLOW Steve and Exercise.com on Twitter to stay on top of the fitness world and become the next Fitness Superhero!