Real-Life Role Playing: What is Your Profession?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Today, let’s delve deep into the nerd aspect of Nerd Fitness and turn life into a giant role-playing game.  Why?  Because it’s damn fun, nerdy, and quite applicable.  If you’ve played World of Warcraft, Everquest, Final Fantasy, or practically any fantasy-based RPG this article will feel right at home.

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, this will still be a fun exercise for you.

Let’s get started.

Your Race is Already Determined

Before you pick your profession, let’s talk about your “race.” Every RPG always has elves, hobbits, ogres, trolls, humans, wood elves, night elves, etc.  Each race has their own particular attributes that make them who they are.  Take a look in the mirror RIGHT NOW.  That’s your race.  300 pounds overweight, 50 pounds underweight, average, tall, short, beer gut, 6-pack abs, etc.  These are attributes about yourself that you cannot change immediately, so that’s your starting point.  Depending on your “race,” certain professions will be easier or harder for you to obtain.

Here’s an example: If you are an ogre (really tall and quite overweight), it’s going to be more work for you to become a really good Assassin (Parkour traceur), but if you’re willing to put the time in, anything is possible.  Maybe you’re an elf (incredibly thin) and you want to be a super-strong Warrior.  You’re going to need to spend months and months eating insane amounts of calories and lifting heavy weights to get results, but it is possible.

Make sense? Good!  Let’s check out the different professions.


Lego Warrior

This tank is incredibly strong and powerful, pushing weight like it’s his job.

Which is good, because it IS his job.  If you ever see any battle, warriors are the first responders, defending their party while attacking the enemy.  Strong as an ox, Warriors constantly try to push themselves to be bigger, better, stronger.  Eating and lifting are the only two things Warriors worry about.  You do NOT want to go punch for punch with a Warrior.  You will get destroyed.

Primary attributes: Strength, power

Training: Pure strength-building weight training.

Real life example: Any World’s Strongest Man competitor.


Lego Scout

Scouts can cover great distances in a short amount of time.

Built for distance and efficiency rather than strength and power, these guys can outlast any animal on the planet.  They eat a diet higher in carbohydrates than most (though they can still be healthy carbs!) to give them enough fuel to survive these grueling treks cross-country, and their muscles are designed to last for hours rather than minutes or seconds (like a Warrior).  A growing contingent of scouts have moved to barefoot running, returning to their ancient ancestral roots.

Primary attributes: Stamina, endurance.

Training: Lots of distance training, long bike rides, high volume exercises with any sort of weight training.

Real life example: Marathon runners, Ironman athletes.


Ranger Lego

Rangers are a hybrid of Warriors and Scouts, built for strength AND endurance.

A jack-of-all-trades but master of none, Rangers are well-equipped for any situation.  Their weight training revolves around varying the reps, sets, and downtime to continually force those body to adapt to new situations.  Usually Rangers follow a Paleo Diet, eating things that can only be found in nature.  Thanks to this type of training and diet, Rangers have incredibly low body-fat percentages.

Primary attributes: Functional strength, adaptability.

Training: Lots of weight training but with minimal downtime (think crossfit and 300 training).

Real Life example: Gerard Butler in 300.


Lego Assassin

To assassins, the world is one giant playground.

Every building can be climbed, every gap can be jumped, every obstacle can be conquered.  Assassins spend most of their time training with functional body weight exercises as that’s usually the only thing they need to lift.

Fearless, calculated, and efficient, Assassins have low body fat percentages because extra weight could mean the difference between life and death on a mission.  They have solid endurance as well, allowing them to progress through an obstacle-filled environment without breaking a sweat.

Primary Attributes: Agility, stamina

Training: Parkour, free running, rock climbing.

Real World example: Parkour traceurs, free runners, most athletes on Ninja Warrior.


Lego Monk

This isn’t the type of monk you’d want to run into on a bad day…

These monks can kick your ass with their fists and feet, and they will do it before you even knew what happened.  Incredibly agile, lightning fast, and loaded with power, Monks specialize in martial arts to stay in shape and destroy the opposition.

Training is mostly spent in dojos and in the ring, with some weight training thrown in to help produce stronger punches and kicks.  Monks only carry enough weight and muscle to provide maximum efficiency with each attack.  Muscles are compact and powerful, core strength is high, and speed is favored over size.

Primary Attributes: Agility, power

Training: MMA, Capoeria, Muay Thai boxing, Tai Kwon Do

Real life example:Georges St. Pierre (MMA fighter).


Lego Druid

Druids are one with nature.

Oftentimes consuming a plant-only diet, they specialize in being one with themselves, finding balance in everything.  These peaceful folk spend a majority of their time training in the arts of yoga, meditation, and tai chi.  Strength training is only done if necessary, as  most druids aren’t interested in massive muscles or explosive power.  Druids also follow a minimalist diet, high in vegetables, fruits, and nuts.  Some eat meat, but only enough to get sufficient protein.  Processed foods are the enemy.

Primary attributes: agility, flexibility

Training: meditation, yoga, tai chi

Real life example: Yogis, tai chi instructors

My Profession

Lego Berserker

I was born an elf (thin, tough to build muscle), and I want to be a Warrior/Ranger hybrid…let’s call it a Berzerker class?

I’m generally a pretty happy, calm, goofy guy.  But when I’m in training mode, I turn on berserker mode: I start foaming at the mouth, I walk around with this crazy look in my eye, and I push myself hard than I ever thought possible.

I focus on lift like squats, deadlifts, presses, handstand push ups, pull ups, dips, and chin ups.  I vary my rep range and downtime between sets to build strength, power, and muscle size.  I mix in assassin (gymnastics) training and monk (capoeira) training whenever possible.

Sure, it’d be a much quicker path for me to become a scout (as I already have the body type), but I love getting stronger and training in things that I truly enjoy, so I picked a different direction.


Because I can, and because it makes me happy.

How About You?


Leave a comment with your current race and what profession you’d like to be. 

I picked six classes up above to keep things simple, but let me know if I left out one that should be in there.  Feel free to combine two classes like I did as well.  Just so we’re clear: all classes are gender-neutral, so you can be a female warrior or male druid.  There are no restrictions!

Once you have your profession selected, feel free to join us in the Nerd Fitness message boards (it’s free!) and join up with your guild!  

Want to take things a step further?  

Check out the Nerd Fitness Academy, where you can actually pick your class, complete quests, gain experience, and yes…level up!

So, I ask you: “What is your PROFESSION!?”



Photo: KennyMatic, Lego berserkerWarrior Lego, Scout Lego, Ranger Legos, Druid Lego, Lego Assassin, Lego Monk, Lego Profession

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  • Ricky Knable

    I am a stocky only 5’11″(think human hight, dwarf build). I have trained as a warrior for years. I am thinking of cross classing warrior/monk or going ranger. Currently I train movement and gymnastics 3-4 days a week, and add in 2 heavy lifting days to keep my strength. I also teach and train acroyoga between 3-5 hrs a week.

  • Teeradet Khaongam
  • Anonymous

    I’m an elf who wants to be (is going to be) a kickass assassin.

  • Kiranraj

    I want to be an assasin

  • raistlinsghost

    So I am naturally an ectomorph. 5’6″, small boned, weight currently at 125. I’m a little dude. I see myself as a Scout/Druid dual class, as I am a runner and daily yoga practitioner. My goal would be to move to a Ranger class, put on some more lean muscle weight, and still be able to run and practice, hopefully improve at both with greater strength.

    Btw, I am finding the site to be super useful and hope to use it as a resource as I make my way towards my quest’s end. 😉

  • Ricky Knable

    Update, I decided ranger, not the bow and arrow type, I am talking D&D 3.5 duel wield. With news I will be moving to the mountains of Colorado in less then a year it only seems fitting. Joining the academy on friday to start leveling up!

  • NoOne

    I am an elven mystic assassin (monk/druid/assassin).
    Self-defence, meditation and movement arts (parkour, natural movement and yoga) are an important part of my life/way/path.

  • Flithy Nobeard

    Going for a Warrior and Scout love child. I too will call this a Berserker (fitting as I am easy to upset). This is gonna be good.

  • Kacie Denea

    This is the only place I could find somewhere to write, I ordered my nerd fitness package a week ago and still haven’t been accepted in the private Facebook group for women, is there anyway to fix this?

  • Ryan

    I think I’m an orc/ogre. 325lbs and 6ft tall, with broad shoulders. I wanna be a warrior/monk hybrid. I started last week. The level 1 journey begins!

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  • Teeradet Khaongam
  • redlobster

    My goal is to be a ranger/druid combo, with equal parts strength and endurance, clearly strong but more lean than big. Basically a strong super-hiker who meditates a lot.

  • Jennifer D. Atkinson

    I’m an Ogre, currently, but I think I’d like to be an assassin/ranger.

  • XLR8 the world

    i know right… i’m only a freshman and it’s hard even for me to find time

  • XLR8 the world

    I’m like a elf that is slightly more muscular than the average elf but still an elf none the less my goal is to be a assassin! ASSASSIN ALL THE FREAKING WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • XLR8 the world

    my body will always break first

  • XLR8 the world

    seriously though i have like more will power than green lantern

  • Natasha Trevilcock

    Not sure what race I am. I’m 5’5.5″ tall, and I currently weigh 174 lbs encompassed in a potential hourglass figure.

    I would like to work towards being a Ranger/Assassin! =0)

  • Alice

    So I am probably a dwarf, short and stout and dangerous over short distances heh heh heh would like to be a ranger with a but of monk and druid thrown in. but will focus on the ranger side of things first me thinks.

  • Socratez

    You forgot the almighty Shaman!

    My definition: Eating a plant based diet with the occasional magic mushroom to communicate with the Spirit world. Shamans also harness their Spirit energy to amplify the physical through the spiritual. I guess I’m a warrior hybrid because I also like to do some lifting (though I’m built as an assassin). Great stuff by the way. Really loved this post!


    Wanna be a Ranger, just started Crossfit – I can do it…!!!

  • Anna

    I’m pretty curvy for a girl I guess, but I am on 31.4% body fat; and want to get down to 20% body fat – I’m pretty short too; about 157 or 5’4? Oh, and I’m 16? I just have fat in certain places yet, I’m on the normal side I guess… my bone structure leans more on the smaller side, but I’m don’t have thin bones? What would my race be? Is it a Dwarf?