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“Kamb's system is commendable for its specificity and practicality and lack of bland platitudes, but he also provides some poignant thoughts on living a meaningful life, namely that "happiness is a consequence of the things you do daily."
― Publisher’s Weekly

“I stayed up all night in Qatar reading this! Steve Kamb is not only a real-life James Bond, he’s also written a damn good book.”
― Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The Happiness ofPursuit and The $100 Startup

"This is a +5 book of awesome and your Konami Code to getting more fit and finding adventure. Dig in!"
― Chris Brogan, CEO of Owner Media Group

"Steve Kamb is a real-life superhero. If you want to discover how to conquer your fears, lead a life of adventure, and become a legend, read this book. No matter where you are now, you're about to become 110% more awesome."
― Abel James, Best-selling author of The Wild Diet and Award-Winning Creator of Fat-Burning Man

"Level Up Your Life isn't just a book, but a strategy guide that will get you as close to superheroism as you can get. Steve presents practical, tactical, and fun approaches to carve out a better path and a better story for your life ― and he does so in a way that will make you say "GAME ON!" If you want to build a better story, a better character, and a better life, this book is your best bet."
― Mike Vardy, Founder of Productivityist

"Who knew that the secret to leveling up your life was embedded in all those video games you played growing up? Steve reveals these hidden lessons and shows how to gamify your life so that the quest to reach your goals is just as fun as rescuing the princess. Press up, up down, down, left, right and then buy this book to get one heck of a cheat code for life."
― Brett McKay, Founder of ArtofManliness.com

"Steve Kamb's made an art of making dieting and working out accessible to everyone. His concepts take intimidating concepts and breaks them down in a step by step format that has us "leveling up" our lives, becoming more self-confident and motivated in a positive feedback loop. As a long time reader of Nerd Fitness, I can say Steve's advice has helped me look at fitness in a new light. If you buy one fitness or self-development book this year, make it this one."
― Matt Kepnes, New York Times best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

"I love Steve Kamb’s debut book, Level Up Your Life! It’s required reading for anyone who needs a funny, inspiring, and actionable guidebook on how to become a healthy-eating, physically fit super hero in real life. In fact, I achieved a lifelong goal of getting my first unassisted chin-up by following the tools and tips in this book!"
― Michelle Tam, New York Times-bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

“Want to 'Level Up Your Life'? In his new book, Nerd Fitness founder Steve Kamb turns to video games and other geeky pursuits to show you how….Kamb takes a fresh approach to the self-help and fitness category, walking you through the steps needed to make your life more epic in an extremely geek-friendly way.”
― Cnet

About the Author

Steve Kamb is the force behind NerdFitness.com, which began as a simple blog that has since evolved into a worldwide community of nerds, average Joes, and desk jockeys helping each other make positive changes in their lives. He is lives in New York City, and hopes to one day become Captain America.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623365406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623365400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adam Baker on January 12, 2016
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There I was, buckling my seatbelt at the start of a 3 hour flight from Dallas to Indianapolis. I exchanged a verbal hello to the people crammed next to me, before twisting my body to retrieve my copy of Level Up Your Life from my laptop bag.

I was already familiar with Steve's work and mission. I remember years ago when he first started sharing his story, his passion for adventure, and his tactics for making life into a game on his blog. I'd watch the Nerd Fitness community grow from just a few people to hundreds of thousands of Rebels from all over the world.

So, I was curious to read at least the first few chapters of his first book to start my flight off on a good note.

Before I knew it, my reading was interrupted the captain over the loud speaker "Stewardesses prepare the plane for landing..." Glancing down at my phone, over two hours had passed and I was only a few chapters away form having blasted through the entire book in one sitting.

Not only that, but beside be was my notebook with a list at the top that said "Baker's Epic Quest." It was broken down by category with goals and tasks large and small scribbled down each column. On the opposite page was a list of allies I could recruit to help me with various "quests" and several changes I wanted to make to my "batcave" when I got home.

To be honest, I expected Level Up Your Life to be good. But I did not expect the book ITSELF to be an adventure to read. It's chocked full of specific, tangible advice and tactics that you can apply right away - but the whole thing is wrapped in a blend of references to movies, books, and games from my childhood.

There are no shortages of books with advice on how to tweak or improve your life.
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Nerd Fitness has meant a lot to me over the years. It all began when I had the weird good fortune of meeting Steve back in the early days of Nerd Fitness when I too was writing online about health and fitness within an unconventional life. An unabashed fan of hero’s journeys of all kinds, I knew instantly that my early writing didn’t contain the same magic as Steve’s. He was on to something truly special. I knew that it was only a matter of time before he amassed a small army of loyal fans and supporters around him. And I knew it was only a matter of time before he assembled all his wisdom, geekdom, selflessness, and charisma into a book that would change the lives of millions.

I share this little story to disclose both that Steve is a good friend of mine and that I had the great pleasure to work on this book.

From my vantage point helping Steve structure and refine his manuscript, I can honestly tell you that Steve put his heart and soul into this book. It’s so much more than just another health and fitness book. Level Up Your Life is an authentic and complete framework for living a life based on the lifelong quest for personal achievements that matter to you and make a difference to others.

As dear Bilbo once told young Frodo, “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Level Up Your Life channels Bilbo’s and Frodo’s sense of adventure while serving as your guide, helping you deliberately think through a “leveling up structure” that makes sense for your goals and interests.
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I started reading this thinking it would just be another self help book. Once I had lost an entire afternoon, and used the online tools to build an epic quest list, I realized how awesome this was. It's rare to find a book that is both entertaining and provides a clear plan to...actually leveling up your life.

I'll be using the tools provided in this book to help me reach my goals in fitness, nutrition, my job, my relationships, EVERYTHING!
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I like to think I'm a guy who has his sh*t together. But I stand in awe of what Steve has been able to accomplish with his own life and with Nerd Fitness. This is simply one of the best books I've read in recent memory, and I have three reasons why:

Reason 1: It's the perfect balance of "how to" and inspiring adventure.

Steve is a master storyteller. I felt like I was sitting at the blackjack table with him in Monaco and trekking next to him through Machu Picchu. The dude's hilarious and inspiring — and he breaks down everything he's learned about self-improvement, courage, and personal fulfillment in a way that's accessible and action-oriented.

I read the book in one day, took like 7 pages of notes, and proceeded to annoy the hell out of my girlfriend by talking about it incessantly the rest of the evening.

Reason 2: It's so beautifully meta.

The book is (more or less) centered on the Hero's Journey and shows you how to walk through each step in your own life.

THE HERO'S JOURNEY

Ordinary World
Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call
Meeting with the Mentor
Crossing the Threshold
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Approach the Inmost Cave
Ordeal
Reward
Road Back
Resurrection
Return with the Elixir

But Steve doesn't just tell you about the Hero's Journey and give you a few tips on how to embark on your own. Instead, he takes you through your own journey WHILE YOU'RE READING THE BOOK.

You know that feeling when you're learning a thing...and then you suddenly realize the person who's teaching you that thing is actually DOING THE THING as they teach you?

Isn't that a great feeling?
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