There is an ever persistent, and unfortunately somewhat true, stereotype that the majority of the nerd community is overweight. However, there is a new and growing trend to craft work outs that are nerd friendly – in a community that lacks judgement on physical appearance from the get go.
Nerd Fitness, founded by Steven Lamb, is a online community that uses videos, “leveling up points”, Google Chat, dietary menus and more to empower people to get in shape and be healthy. It’s a cool program and the administrators who offer advice are very knowledgeable and kind. Even better, you get access to the community for just a single one-time payment, unlike the majority of fitness services that require a subscription membership.
Wall Street Journal recently posted an article featuring another Nerd Fitness buff, Jason Heilpern, who is looking at opening Geek and Gamer gyms in both Portland and Seattle in the coming year. There are nerdy gyms popping up all over the West Coast.
It makes sense that nerds are seeking places to work out and get healthy that are separate from regular gyms. Many nerds have experienced gym-related traumas in school and that can result in residual issues/confidence issues. Having a supportive community is a great way to motivate someone to seek better health!