Fitness for Geeks – Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health by Bruce W. Perry

You get up in the morning with the shades yanked down, after having collapsed under the covers at some indeterminate time past midnight (which followed hours in front of a computer). Luckily, you’d set the coffee maker on a timer, so a quart of strong joe waits on the kitchen counter. Twelve ounces of that washes down a toasted bagel smeared with extra margarine and jelly, as you’re out the door on the way to a 45-minute car or train commute. It’s just the beginning of a marathon bout of sitting.

This is the most interesting, educational and entertaining fitness book I’ve ever read, let alone completed! Many of them are just drab and seem to ramble on, but I actually learned so many things. It was rather enlightening. Overall, Fitness for Geeks discusses:

  • The best times of day to eat and what to eat.
  • Why eating carbs before exercising isn’t healthy.
  • Why you can get a beer belly, even if you don’t drink beer.
  • The best exercise routines to lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • What two things matter most in keeping a healthy lifestyle.
  • How to find your way around the gym, especially the weight room.
  • The pros and cons of yoga.
  • What apps are the best for exercise, and how to use them.
The book starts out discussing the evolution of mankind and how (although our world has advanced digitally) our bodies are still programmed in the same form of our ancestors; wherein we need sunshine, exercise, unprocessed foods, etc. Essentially our “pre-installed software” and how to reprogram our bodies (ourselves) back to optimum health.
Fitness for Geeks doesn’t only have to be ‘for Geeks’. It’s a phenomenal tool that is quite universal. The definition of a geek by Bruce Perry is: “A geek is someone who spends a huge amount of time analyzing the fine points of whatever interests her, ad infinitum, to a level that no one around her can possibly understand.” The key is to take that analytic mind and put it towards fitness, self experimentation, and intermixing fitness with the modern / digital era.
The Chapters in Fitness for Geeks includes:
  • Chapter 1: Fitness and the Human Codebase: Reboot Your Operating System
  • Chapter 2: Fitness Apps and Tools
  • Chapter 3: Macronutrients
  • Chapter 4: Micronutrients
  • Chapter 5: Food Hacks: Finding and Choosing Food
  • Chapter 6: Food Timing: When to Eat, When to Fast
  • Chapter 7: The Other World: A.K.A. Outside
  • Chapter 8: Hello Gym! Navigating the Fitness Facility
  • Chapter 9: Randomizing Fitness and the Importance of R&R
  • Chapter 10: Code Maintenance: Human Fueling and Supplements
  • Chapter 11: Lifestyle Hacks for Fitness
You don’t have to read the book from front to back, although you learn an excessive amount of interesting information if you do. You can choose which chapters you want to work on or that fit you best and then go from there.
This book will help you:
  • Learn to live in the modern digital world and still be physically vibrant.
  • Examine apps and widgets for self-tracking various fitness issues.
  • Zero in on carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
  • Find and choose food, and learn when to eat and when to fast.
  • Reboot your system through movement in the outside world.
  • Select from more than a dozen techniques for your gym workout.
  • Fuel fitness by focusing on the science of nutrition and supplements.
  • Apply lifestyle hacks, such as high-intensity exercise and good stress.
Some other things I really liked and found interesting were it’s tools for navigating the modern supermarket and how to read labels, how to choose foods locally and start a rooftop garden. Also how to read supplement labels correctly and it even teaches you all you need to know about sleep. Which is really fascinating!
Definitely a book to pick up, especially if you really don’t like reading books about how you are doing everything wrong. This is more of a book to take you from your chair to the world outside and how to go back to your roots. An exceptional read.
You can also read and listen to the Podcast with Bruce Perry and editor Brian Sawyer.
Connect: You can connect and/or subscribe to Fitness for Geeks on the Blog and follow along on Twitter at @fitnessforgeeks.
Purchase: You can purchase Fitness for Geeks for $34.99 on O’Reilly.

I received a sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation. 


  1. My Xi Hu says:

    oh man i need to buy this.
    apparently its only my geekiness that has been holding me back…

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