About Us


Kenny Rotter – Founder

I’m Kenny. I got into fitness when I was 25. I met my friend, Ted, during an internship in Washington D.C. I asked Ted if I could go to the gym with him and he picked some of his hardest workouts trying to get me to quit. Little did he know how committed I was. Also I didn’t really know any different so I just thought they were normal workouts…

I’m currently working on increasing my size and stamina. I am also working towards completing 50 Tough Mudders before I am 50 years old.

I’m a Browncoat currently into platformer games. I’ve always been a console kid as compared to a computer kid. Super Mario Brothers 2, you pick Luigi. Mario Kart 64 and later…Donkey Kong all the way.

I decided to start this Nerdy Fitness adventure so I could create a way to meet two people, Chris Hardwick and Marshawn Lynch. It has since evolved into my desire to inspire people. I want people to always go a little bit further than they did yesterday.

Be Water – Bruce Lee

Current Contributors:

Rachel Bohlen

I’m Rachel. I specialize in nerdy television and movies. Specifically, I’ll be recapping your favorite TV shows, so let us know what you want to see. My favorite thing (in life) is The X-Files, but I’m also a big fan of, in no particular order, Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Jessica Jones, Arrow, The Flash, Breaking Bad, The Americans, and Doctor Who. As for movies, I love Star Wars, Star Trek (TOS), the Alien series, the Terminator series, the Predator series, and Marvel movies. There’s a special place in my heart for horror movies, but especially sci-fi horror (e.g., Event Horizon).

I’m still working on my fitness goals. I’m not naturally athletic, so the most important thing for me is to establish a routine and make fitness a priority in my life. My goal is to finally join Kenny on a Tough Mudder.

I’m also an avid reader and writer. I wrote a book! It’s called The Historian, and it’s a new take on time travel. You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Historian-Rachel-Bohlen-ebook/dp/B00OZ85SI2

You can also follow me on Twitter at @rachellovestv.

Joe Hogan

My name is Joe and you can follow my journey to a healthier life through the GAME Plan column. I’m a Blizzard Gamer (mostly World of Warcraft and Hearthstone with a little Heroes of the Storm now and then). I’m a huge Marvel comics and movies fan, but DC is starting to win me over with all their TV shows. I love Orphan Black and The Walking Dead, but my current obsession is Sense8!

Other fandoms that I love, but aren’t as current include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: TNG, Harry Potter and classic cartoons from the 80s and early 90s.

I’m the host of the geektitude podcast, a geek culture podcast that celebrates the inner geek in all of us. It can be found on itunes or at geektitude.com. Follow us @Geektitude!

Feel free to contact me on twitter @EpicGrays!

Taylor Ulery

I’m Taylor.  If my nose isn’t stuck in a book/comic book/research article, then I’m probably in the gym or woods.  I’m the guy that goes from chopping wood in a forest to washing his hands before touching his graphic novels.  I believe in promoting health/education/nerdiness so that people are motivated to follow their dreams.

I currently take graduate exercise and wellness courses through Arizona State University and volunteer with Youth & Family Programming through Phoenix Comicon.  I believe the following:

  • It’s never too late to start
  • Every little bit helps
  • You’re never as tired or burnt-out as you think you are
  • Be better than your yesterday’s self so you are more prepared to take on your tomorrow’s self

Comic books (Image and superhero) are my nerd passion with a healthy dose of cartoons/tv shows/movies/music thrown in.  Power lifting to interval training to a walk in the forest are my fitness passions.

Twitter: @TUlery38, Email: taylor.comicbookresearch@gmail.com

Michael Ebell

I’m Michael. I’m your resident Dungeon Master.  I will be writing a regular ‘DM’s Corner’ post advising all of those aspiring Dungeon Masters out there, and working to convince all of you that a regular Dungeons and Dragons game is a valuable addition to your world.  I have a special love for all things games, and in particular an abnormal fascination with game mechanics and how they work to create a fun experience.  Powergrid, Atlantis and Copycat are on the top of my favorites list right now.

My relationship with Dumbbells is far more strained than my relationship with dragons.  My love of games extends to the physical, I am forever impressed by people who can muster the will to work out without having a ball to chase or a wall to get to the top of.  As a result my workout world revolves around adult sports leagues and trying to teach my corgi to play soccer.

Karen Young

I’m Barbara Gordon, By day, I’m a librarian. By night, I guard Gotham City as Batgirl.

Wait.  That’s not right.  Let me start over.

I’m Karen.  By day, I’m a librarian.  By night, I’m a giant nerd who never gets tired of the fact that Batgirl/Barbara Gordon is also a librarian (depending on which story arc you’re reading, of course).  You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I read a lot of comics.  I also read a lot of speculative fiction and literature for children and young adults.  Unfortunately, being a librarian doesn’t mean that I get to sit at a desk and read all day, so I do most of my reading in my spare time.  Recently, I’ve become something of a spread-sheet nerd when it comes to keeping track of stats about my reading.

My short-term fitness goal is to participate in my second half marathon in Fall 2016.  My long-term goal is to participate in a triathlon someday.  My fitness dream is to figure out how I can read a book and swim at the same time.

Katie Penix

Katie Penix has a master’s degree in psychology and watches too much tv. She loves writing about everything that interests her. Katie is also a ridiculously huge cycling fan.

Rowan Rayne

I’m Rowan and I’m just here as your friendly neighborhood cosplayer. I got into cosplay about 4 years ago officially but have been in all kinds of fandoms since I was young. Some of my favorite include, but certainly are not limited to, all things Joss Whedon, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock…Ok, I should really just stop there before this entire bio just becomes a run on sentence about the fact that I basically have no life other than watching TV shows and movies. Kidding! When I am not binge watching geeky TV shows or working on my costumes, I like to stay as busy as possible. I travel to a lot of various comic conventions throughout the US, which has been an incredible opportunity for me. Conventions are my happy place, when I am not shutting down creepers and trolls and showing them a thing or two about this here feminist agenda.  I also enjoy staying active. I got into serious weightlifting/bodybuilding about 2 years ago and am always working on them She-Hulk gains. I’ve learned when it comes to exercise, find something that you actually enjoy, that doesn’t feel like you’re forcing misery upon yourself and you will be more likely to stick with it. Combining my love for fitness with my love for pop culture and fandoms is what I love most about Dumbbells and Dragons!

If you’re interested in learning more about me, you can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/rowanrayne, on Twitter at @rowan_rayne and Instagram at @rowan_rayne_cosplay. For direct questions/comments feel free to shoot me an email at rowan.rayne.cosplay@gmail.com.

Former Contributors:

Ted Davis

My name is Ted and I’m an MMORPG’er. I started on consoles like most gamers I know, but found my real love for video games on the desktop when I was introduced to Everquest in High School. After Everquest, it was EQII and later, World of Warcraft in college and beyond.

I’ve always considered myself athletic, and played a variety of sports growing up. But it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I started getting in to the weight room on a consistent basis. Bodybuilding.com quickly became my go-to resource, and I quickly fell in love with that bone-tired feeling you get after a fantastic lift where you left everything in the gym.

After meeting Kenny and introducing him to the bodybuilding-fitness world, I quickly found a friend and lifting partner who was as intense as I was in all the right ways! Then, running our third Tough Mudder in Arizona, I met Pax.

Fitness isn’t just something you check the box off every week. It’s a way of life, and I’m proud that the three of us have all decided to make our own health and well being a focus in our day to day. Change starts with the tiniest of steps, and I hope I can encourage our listeners and readers in some way to make that first step.

Pax Whitmore

I’m Pax, the resident movie nerd. Just ask and I’ll be happy to share all of my film opinions with you. You don’t even have to ask. I’ll share them anyway. I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars, and I firmly believe that you can love both, as long as you realize the Enterprise would totally ruin the Millennium Falcon in a fight. Why? Transporters. And before you even ask, Kirk is the best captain, Deep Space Nine the best series, Wrath of Khan the best movie.

I’m into video games that tell a good story and tabletop games that allow me to hang out with my friends. My favorite video game of all time is still Half-Life 2, although Red Dead Redemption is by far the best story and most emotionally involving game I’ve ever played. Multiplayer video games should only be played when you’re in the same room as your opponents and you’re all hopped up on Mountain Dew.

For me, fitness is all about health and setting a good example for my son. I don’t need to be a bodybuilder and I’m not particularly competitive, but I was still able to make a series of small choices that led to dropping 30 pounds in a year, and keeping it off. I gave up soda, started a demitarian diet, got a treadmill, and actually payed attention to diet and exercise. I capped off that year by running a Tough Mudder with Kenny and Ted and succeeded far beyond my wildest don’t-get-injured hopes. I need concrete goals to keep myself going, so I’ve already assembled a team for the Ragnar Trail Relay in November.

I started this project with Kenny and Ted because I want to break down some of the intimidation that comes from starting a fitness journey. I work in IT, so I see unhealthy choices made from convenience all day, every day. I know from first hand experience how easy that is, and how hard it is to make the first change. But the first change doesn’t need to be major. It truly is a snowball effect with profound results, and if I can make just one person think about their choices and getting that ball rolling, I will have made a difference. After all, to quote the work of the great philosopher Vin Diesel, you are who you choose to be.

Mike Price

I grew up in Arizona, moved to Washington, DC, moved to San Diego, got a dog (Pico), got married (Rebecca), got a second dog (Winnie) and write about science and other stuff at a local university.
Likes: Dogs, coffee, whiskey, beer, board games, trivia, feminism, science, lifting increasingly heavier things, hiking, camping, knives, woodworking and tomfoolery.
Dislikes: Sour cream, long lines, the godawful movie “Master of Disguise” and when my dogs poop in the guest room even though they theoretically are house-trained.


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