For the past year or so even before starting to work out, I have done a lot of online information gathering regarding fitness. I’m always trying to find new perspectives on things like how to lose weight, how to gain muscle, various approaches to nutrition, what sort of exercises to do or not do, etc. On my quest for information I have glanced at countless obscure fitness programs that are available online, read hundreds of fitness articles on a whole array of subjects, and even subscribed for a while to various Youtube channels run by fitness gurus like Scooby from the website Scooby’s Workshop and Elliot Hulse’s Strength Camp. For a while I followed their updates with an almost obsession, idolizing them and feeling like they had the absolute answers. Despite that, I often found myself frustrated. Not a single one of the online fitness articles and videos from my guru idols could answer the seemingly most important question of all that I think a lot of people are trying to get answered and need reassurance on; “Am I doing this right?”
Despite knowing deep down that I am probably doing this fitness thing right with eating and working out on a regular basis, there is still a little voice that pops up semi-frequently in my head, and I presume the heads of many other people as well, that instills doubt. It says, “what if I’m doing something wrong?” and “I’ve made up this workout plan for the next two weeks, but is it going to be effective?”
These questions along with many other pop up in my head frequently. There is no perfect or absolute answer to them, and I feel that oftentimes gut decisions about how to proceed are the best kind. But it sure feels good to have support, advice and feedback from people who are more knowledgeable than. It is a powerful outlet for motivation that can’t be overlooked to have someone more experienced than you give personal advice.
Enter the Nerd Fitness Forum, where there is an online community of very active 700+ people who are working to improve their fitness and help each other at the same time. This forum is run through the website http://www.nerdfitness.com, which I will probably make a post about at a later date. But to describe this website very briefly, if you were to take the topic of fitness and promote it/discuss it in a way that makes it appealing and fun for extremely nerdy people through the use of comic book, video game and cult sci-fi related references and metaphors, you would have NerdFitness.com. But I digress. Back to the topic at hand!
In the past I have been turned off by many fitness forums because the members of other forums often seemed overall unsupportive of each other, and the focus was also on bodybuilding and weight training. There was a lot of ego blatantly being thrown around, which made the environment kind of unpleasant and very quickly after joining some of these communities I found myself backing out and running the other direction. This forum though is filled with awesomely supportive members who are all about functional fitness(large focus on bodyweight training, a big +), and happily give advice that is usually pretty good from what I can tell. I joined about a week ago and have seen questions ranging from, “How do I start losing weight?” all the way to “Based on my short term goals I have, is this plan of attack I’ve devised realistic?” This forum is just what I have been looking for. I have already asked some burning questions and gotten them answered, and currently my motivation is through the roof because of this site. Hopefully that will continue to be the case.
I would encourage anyone who is interested to check out http://www.nerdfitness.com. It’s by far my favorite fitness site I have found to date.