How it all began...
Zombie-proof Fitness was started in July 2010, a month before the U.S. was hit by a hurricane and a rare earthquake. Those two unstoppable events were a perfect reminder of why this was needed. As I write this, tornados just hit seven states. When the zombie apocalypse comes, our fitness will face the ultimate test. Be fit or get bit.
So, the ZPF philosophy was there: work hard, work smart, build your own gear, find your own training space, and do stuff that will help you be physically ready when it all goes down, be it tornados or earthquakes or zombies.
But something was missing.
In early November, the feedback was clear: cool idea, good philosophy, but it needed a more specific program. So I holed up for almost four months, figuring out what would make it not just a great functional fitness program, but one that was also truly unique.
With the help of my sons, I found the answer in an unexpected place: video games. Most fitness programs just ask you to participate. Pay your money, show up, done. In games like Halo, Call of Duty, or World of Warcraft, you have to complete certain achievements in order to level up. Just putting in time doesn't cut it. You have to be able to actually do progressively more challenging stuff.
That was the breakthrough. To survive the zombie apocalypse, you have to be able to do useful and challenging stuff. Just going to the gym week after week won't save you from getting bit. Zombie-proof Fitness is about working hard, completing achievements, and leveling up. From there, it was just working out the details.