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This past weekend I celebrated turning 42 surviving another year!

I spent the weekend with a vigorous workout, enjoying the company of my family, selectively ignoring the gray hairs cropping up in my beard, and reflecting on life in general.

While I often get caught up in the day-to-day, and complain about how little free time I seem to have, when I step back and look at my life I can’t help but be thankful.

One of the things I am most thankful for? All of you loyal readers!

Not only did I spend the day reflecting on my life as I moved my game piece another step forward on the game-board of life, but I also celebrated this website’s birthday!

That’s right, you best prepare yourselves because turned 2 as well. Time to unleash the “terrible twos” on you all! (Don’t worry, I’m potty trained.)

I have poured my heart and soul into this site for the last two years… I have always 100% believed that this silly idea I came up with while sitting in the San Diego airport (you can read the origin story right here) would make a difference in people’s lives.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and I still don’t feel like I have a clue as to what I am doing (seriously, you should hear the cursing that echoes from my office as I try to tweak site code,) but the hundreds of email subscribers and over 5000 registered users lead me to believe this is time well spent!

I knew I wasn’t alone!

I knew that there were other people out there who not only loved reading comic books and playing video games, but who also wanted to be fit and healthy. People who wanted to go from geek to real-life superhero!

As I gear up for another pilgrimage to Nerd-Mecca (San Diego Comic-Con); preparing to meet, and hang out with, 160,000 other nerds and geeks, I want to stop and ask you for a little birthday kindness.

Because it’s my birthday, I’m asking each and every one of you to help me celebrate in 1 of 3 ways…

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So you want to get big and strong like the Hulk... Beginner Strength Training Guide

So you want to unleash your inner Hulk (rage optional) and get big and strong?

Does the thought of stepping into a gym and hitting the weights intimidate you? Do you wish you could pack muscle onto your skinny frame but don’t know where to start? Are you a bigger guy who’d rather have your chest and shoulders be broader than your waist? Are you a woman who’s tired of being “skinny fat” and wants to get that “toned” look? Maybe you just want to be stronger and faster?

No matter where you are starting from, I’m here to help with this beginner strength training guide!

The Basics

Strength training can be a vast, and scary, topic to try to come to grips with; so I want you to take a deep breath and let this guide take you through the process step-by-step.

“DON’T PANIC.”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

If you’re looking to start building muscle and becoming stronger, it takes three distinct things:

At the most basic level, that’s really all you need.

Of course, readers of The Jerd know we are all about training smarter, not harder (law #6 of the Jerd Herd!) so I’ve tried to assemble a simple, yet well thought out, guide to beginner’s strength training for you. Inside you will find our Total Body 3×5 Workout Plan, how to deal with plateaus, and the major keys to success!

This is strength training boiled down to the absolute basics.

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Vanilla Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe 1

I’m not going to beat around the bush.

This is my favorite smoothie recipe EVER!

Whether you’re looking for a calorie and nutrient rich meal replacement, or a tasty pre-workout smoothie to keep you fueled, look no further.

Best part is? All you need to do is throw things into a blender… no culinary skills required!

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Product Review: Dipgrips (Do Dips at Home!)

06.23.2014 Product Reviews

Loyal members of the Jerd-Herd already know that I am a firm believer in the fact that you can accomplish super-heroic workouts in the comfort of your home, without having to spend a ton of cash. And this product just […]

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Heroes’ Transformations: How Amanda Dropped 7 Dress Sizes

05.30.2014 Heroes Transformations

Meet Amanda, a consultant and Whovian with a FANTASTIC success story. Amanda’s transformation started like so many others: Amanda realized one day that she was unhappy with the way she looked and felt. She didn’t focus on the quality of […]

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Clean Eating 101

05.08.2014 Health & Fitness

I use the term “clean eating” a lot. An argument could even be made that I overuse it. But that’s because it is the single most important thing you can do if you want to get fit and healthy! There […]

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Iron Rations: Healthy Pancakes

04.25.2014 Healthy Recipes

I saw this recipe for “healthy pancakes” a couple of months back and I thought I would give them a shot! If you want an exact substitute for the yummy goodness a stack of pancakes brings to your mouth, you […]

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The Avengers Workout

04.16.2014 Geek Movies

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened this past weekend to great (and well-deserved) fanfare! And each time a new Marvel movie is released, legions of geeks return to the proverbial well to re-watch all the cinematic superhero goodness that has […]

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International TableTop Day 2014

04.10.2014 Gaming

Another year, another International TableTop Day gone by. And because it can’t all be fitness, I wanted to take today to put the “erd” back in the Jerd with a bit of a recap. Saturday, April 5th marked the 2nd […]

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How To Measure Your Body Fat Percentage

03.26.2014 Health & Fitness

If figuring out your optimal weight is difficult, then trying to understand body fat percentages can be downright impossible! It’s tough to calculate, tougher to track, and often misunderstood. So I am going to do my best to answer some […]

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Nerd-Core Fitness 102 – Basic Workout (Day 3)

03.05.2014 Nerd-Core Fitness

Here we are folks, the top floor of the Nerd-Core Fitness 102 Basic Workout Program! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve laid out two at-home, body weight workouts (Basic Workout Day 1 & Basic Workout Day 2) for all […]

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Nerd-Core Fitness 102 – Basic Workout (Day 2)

02.26.2014 Nerd-Core Fitness

Time to keep climbing the Heroes’ Transformation stairs and leveling up your fitness! Last week we introduced the first workout in the new series of at-home, body weight exercises (Nerd-Core Fitness 102 – Basic Workout Day 1), and now it’s […]

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Nerd-Core Fitness 102 – Basic Workout (Day 1)

02.14.2014 Nerd-Core Fitness

It is time to level up your “Heroes Transformation” my loyal Jerdlings! Already conquered the Nerd-Core Fitness 101 beginner workouts (Upper Body, Lower Body, Total Body & Ab Workout)? After 3-4 weeks you should be cruising through them with relative ease, […]

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How To Track Your Fitness Progress

02.06.2014 Health & Fitness

There’s one important activity that separates those that succeed at something, from those that don’t. Whether it’s people who have lost tremendous amounts of body fat, gained serious levels of muscle, developed high levels of athletic prowess, or built successful […]

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How To Warm Up Properly…

01.27.2014 Health & Fitness

… And Avoid Injuries We all want to get done with our workouts as quickly as possible. We have games to play, comic books to read and things we want to accomplish in life and the more time we spend […]

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

01.17.2014 Uncategorized

There’s no Friday fitness article this week kids… Now before you get all heart-broken that your pal the Jerd has forsaken you, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fitness wisdom being handed down to you, it’s just going to […]

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How To Develop Super Heroic Willpower

01.10.2014 How To

It’s a new year, so inevitably everyone is talking New Years Resolutions and about Building Positive Habits. And while we might know what we want to do and what’s most important to us, a lot of times acting on that […]

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