We like to talk a lot about fitness and nutrition here at Lifehack, but I believe it’s time we start to walk the walk a little bit more as well. And by “we” I mean the editorial team, consisting of myself and Associate Editor CM Smith.

CM asked me about working on getting in shape using Steve Kamb’s NerdFitness site as a backbone, or more specifically, the Rebel Fitness Guide that he offers at his site. I was game to do that because I’ve been lackluster in my fitness routine for far too long, and I upped the ante by asking CM if he’d be willing to augment the Rebel Fitness workouts with a running program along the lines of Couch 2 5K. He agreed. Then we decided to take it not only to the next level of collaborating on it, but adding a whole lot more accountability by writing about our progress here at Lifehack.

So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

CM and I will be writing about our progress in a joint article every Friday for the next four weeks. After that, we’ll re-evaluate and see where we’d like to go from there. We’re going to be using the same basic routines to get in shape, the same apps to monitor our progress and a Google Docs spreadsheet to chronicle how we’re doing. (The spreadsheet will also allow us to see how the other guy is doing – a little incentive to up our own game along the way.)

Here’s the basic template:

  • Monday: NerdFitness Workout
  • Tuesday: Running
  • Wednesday: NerdFitness Workout
  • Thursday: Running
  • Friday: NerdFitness Workout
  • Saturday/Sunday: Running/Rest Day

There’s some flexibility built in to the weekend, but we’ll be running on one of those days and resting on the other.

We’re starting things off today, and we’re going to be using the Rookie Level of the NerdFitness Rebel Fitness Guide to begin with. We’re also using MyFitnessPal to keep track of our food intake and the Run 5K app for iPhone to track our running. We may change things as we go along over the next four weeks, but we’ll be sure to mention that in our weekly post.

Before we get started, I’ll share with you our vitals so that you can get an idea of where we’re at now:

Tale of the Tape: CM Smith

Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 208 lbs

  • Waist: 43.5 inches
  • Hips: 43 inches
  • Biceps (flexed): 14 inches
  • Legs (mid-thigh): 23.5 inches
  • Total inches: 124 inches

Tale of the Tape: Mike Vardy

Height: 6 feet 0 inches
Weight: 177.4 lbs

  • Waist: 35.75 inches
  • Hips: 41.75 inches
  • Biceps (flexed): 12.5 inches
  • Legs (mid-thigh): 21 inches
  • Total inches: 111 inches

We’ll be doing measurements and weigh-in every Friday as part of our post, so you’ll get to see how we’re doing along the way. And sorry, no pictures. We’re not exactly photogenic at this point in the game. (Although the gentleman in the photo above has a body type that looks awfully familiar…minus the spare tire.)

Feel free to join us in this challenge in whatever way you see fit – no pun intended. With summer fast approaching we want to get ourselves into tip-top shape, and with the help of all of these resources (and a little friendly challenge to go along with it), we’re both pretty confident that we’re going to get it done.

So…let the games begin!

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