NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When you think geek do you think couch potato?
The newest fitness craze has been fine-tuned for the self-proclaimed nerd, turning fantasy into reality.
As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, so-called geek-friendly gyms and online communities are popping up across the country on a mission to help nerds and gamers get off the couch and into action.
“My body has changed dramatically. I had lost 17 pounds of fat, but I gained almost five pounds of muscle,” said Christy Black.
From basic weight training and boot camp-style workouts, to yoga and mixed martial arts — they mash motivational workouts and advice with popular nerd culture, Jiang reported. Some even incorporate costume play.
Fitness expert Jim White said it’s a trend that has the power to get more people moving at a time when growing research shows that sitting too long is a health hazard.
“Sitting and being sedentary is considered the new smoking,” he said.
Leaders of the trend, like Andrew Deutsch, say followers come from all different fitness levels looking for a place where they can truly be themselves.
“The gym has been the realm of the jock for decades, for as long as they’ve been growing up. And so, they feel ostracized by that environment — that they can’t really connect with it,” Deutsch said.
Black said Nrdfit hasn’t just transformed her body, it’s transformed her life.
“I am a much happier, healthier person. I have a sense of community that I didn’t have before. I have friends that I see on a weekly basis,” she said.
Those who have joined said the overall health benefits are endless: increased energy, strength, confidence, better sleep and even a better mood.
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