For most of us, the holiday season is a time for settling down to enjoy some good company and cheer.
For others, it’s an opportunity to set up a bunch of inflatable holiday dragons on their front lawn, freaking out their neighbors into accusing them of running a demonic cult.
For others still, it’s a chance to punish package thieves with a GPS-enabled glitter and fart spray bomb that records their reactions.
That’s freaking glorious.
Some friends, family, and food, and I’m happier than a hammer in a nail factory.
Well, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and an even better 2019.
2018 was a big year for me and my businesses, and I plan on making 2019 bigger (leaner and stronger, har har) in every way, which means I’ll be working to help you do the same, too.
In fact, here’s my first exciting announcement to that end . . .
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As you may or may not know, I have a workout app called Stacked.
It started as a passion project to create something that I’d actually want to use over my go-to, a Google spreadsheet.
I shopped the idea around and settled on a now-defunct company called Appster to build it. Soon after getting started, I realized that working with them was going to be like riding a bicycle. Except the bicycle is on fire. And everything is on fire. And you’re going to hell.
For some reason known only to the dryads, I stuck it out with (cr)Appster and despite their astounding, funny-in-the-not-funny-kinda-way incompetence, launched Stacked 1.0 back in January 2017.
And the response was fantastic.
Positive reviews poured in and users were loving its simple and intuitive interface, the ability to create custom workout routines and track and visualize their progress and the plate math calculator in particular.
Something they really didn’t love, however, was the design. And I understand. Stacked didn’t look and feel like an iOS app, which was an oversight on my part.
And something I really didn’t love is how little money it made and how expensive it was to upgrade and maintain.
As time went by and feedback rolled in, it also became clear that the user experience could be greatly improved in a number of ways.
I had already put way more time and money into Stacked than I had originally intended and certainly didn’t need to keep this squeaky little hamster wheel spinning.
What to do?
Should I kick it into the sewer grates where the sewer clowns await or continue to dream this quest and bring my vision into fantasy?
Well, after a stimulating session of spirit cooking with my favorite coastal elites, I decided the Stacked show shall go on.
That’s why for several months now, the new development team and I have been secretly working on overhauling the entire look and feel of the app, and I’m really happy with our progress.
For example, here’s the new interface for logging your workouts:
Here’s the new interface for reviewing your workouts:
And here’s the new interface for visualizing your progress on a particular exercise over time:
Hot or not? Reply below in the comments and let me know!
Otherwise, I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks as we get closer to launch, which should be sometime this summer.
As you probably know, I’ve been working on new and improved third editions of my books Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger as well as their respective workout journals (The Year One Challenge for Men and The Year One Challenge for Women).
You probably also know that the manuscripts and audiobooks have been 100% done for some time now, and that the digital versions of the books were supposed to be live already.
What you don’t know is it turned out two of the book designers I hired were about as skilled and reliable as toddlers on bath salts.
And so things have taken longer than they should’ve.
All is back on track now, final files for BLS and TLS 3.0 have been delivered to the printer, and publish-ready eBooks are being produced as we speak.
What this means is I should be able to upload the digitals (eBooks and audiobooks) sometime in January, and the hardcopies of all four books should be officially available in February or March (depending on how long it takes for the current stock to sell out).
And I’m really excited to release these new editions and get your feedback because they’re not just slight improvements on the current material—they’re complete rewrites.
In short, if the 2.0s are caffeine, the 3.0s are cocaine. Or something.
Seriously though, I’m really proud of how these books came together and hope you like them, too. More info (and previews) coming soon!
And with that, I’ll take a bow.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and I’ll be seeing you in 2019!