Gweek 053: Fitness for Geeks

By Mark Frauenfelder


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Every once in a while on Gweek, we take a break from talking about movies, science fiction, video games, and gadgets. This is one of those times. I spoke with Bruce W. Perry, the author of a brand new O’Reilly/Make book called Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health.

If you’re interested in how things work, Bruce’s book will help you experiment with one machine we usually ignore -- our body and its health. Bruce takes a science-based approach to fitness, and shows you healthy ways to tinker with your lifestyle, by using apps and gadgets to self-track your fitness, by creating the ratio of macro- and micro-nutrients work that best for you, and by applying biohacks, such as high-intensity exercise and good stress to your system.


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Published 4:30 pm Fri, Jun 1, 2012

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects


4 Responses to “Gweek 053: Fitness for Geeks”

  1. one-ish word:   shovelglove.  Been on it for over a month now. kicks ass.  I have biceps now. http://www.shovelglove.com/

    • Charlie B says:

       Ha!  Love the link.  I’ve always just used a sledgehammer or axe, though, myself.

  2. Liam O'Shannessy says:

    The thing that’s really turned my fitness around is http://www.fitocracy.com
    Levelling up, completing quests, competing in duels appeals to my inner RPG geek … and unlike a Diablo 3 session, actually good for you

  3. Charlie B says:

    I also have a science-based approach to fitness.  If I can kick your ass, I’m more fit than you.  If I’m not more fit than you, I need to exercise more.  The best exercises accomplish work – such as felling trees and reducing them to firewood, or rebuilding car engines, or masonry, etc. you get the idea.  This philosophy has been empirically shown to result in fitness and health in human beings.  And/Or, getting the snot kicked out of you.