04 June 2011

Fitocracy

Well, I have been slacking on my application of J.P. Mueller's system. I have missed almost two weeks, I think. But I think I have found a clever way to keep up with it and with exercise in general. It's called Fitocracy.

The basic concept is simple: an MMORPG for fitness. It takes everything that makes World of Warcraft so addictive and terrible and turns it to the good. You keep track of your exercising - weightlifting, jogging, swimming, whatever - and assigns each set or duration a number of points. Once you accumulate enough points, you level up. And along the way, you can complete quests or achievements (like doing 20 crunches to achieve "O hai abs").

The founders are a pair of gamers who both decided to change their habits and their lives. Here's a picture of one of them, Richard Talens (who played Everquest on the Sallon Zek server).

The great thing about this site is that it takes the addictive nature of an unhealthy habit and redirects that, so rather than leveling up your Halfling Warrior you're leveling up yourself. The hamster-wheel effect of a never-ending cycle of killing imaginary monsters and gaining imaginary equipment is replaced by making yourself happier and healthier. And the leveling curve means that if you are a hardcore fitness guy, you will level quickly up to a point that's challenging, but if you are a newbie then you will still be able to see satisfactory progress. I'm level 3, having advanced two levels after entering yesterday's and today's workouts.

It's on the honor system, of course. No way around that. But then, if you really need to lie about this, you need to take a long look at yourself and ask why.

The site is in closed beta, so it's not open to the public yet, but if you comment here with your email address I will send you an invite link so you can try it out. There are a few minor bugs, but overall it works great and supports way more kinds of exercise than I've ever even heard of.


Check it out.

3 comments:

  1. Oooh! Ahhh! Send me a link, pretty please.

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  2. Oh can I try?

    Katrinkajb@gmail.com

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  3. Invites are sent to you both! Anyone else: sorry, I've used up my ten invites!

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