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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  • Sierra Green

    So, I believe I am an Ogre (5’7 female that’s fairly overweight. Kinda like Fiona).

    I’m training to be an Assmonger (an Assassin, Monk, Ranger. Not a bad hybrid name if I do say so myself). I have this “I’ll try anything once” mentality and I want to have an “I’ll try anything once” body, if that makes sense. My current goal is to train up and do a NPC bikini competition. Recently I’ve lost -11 lbs, so I guess I’m my way.

  • Mel

    Nah, there are still hunter-gatherer tribes around and they don’t look anything like that. Huge muscles that are there for looks just burn valuable energy. They’re very lean and every bit of muscle they have is there because they need it.

  • Jessica Baker

    I have no clue what I’d be… I’m 140lbs. and 5’3. HOWEVER, I’ve also had two kids. x3 Still losing baby weight from my little girl(not even 6 months old). Naturally, I’m more of a really, really short elf… Because I normally weigh about 115-120.

  • Jessica Baker

    Oh, and I want to be a mix of Ranger and Assassin, with a bit of Druid as I actually am a Druid.. lol

  • Aynessa

    New to the party, but so in love with this concept.

    I am a Halfling/Hobbit (short and curvy with a mane of curly
    hair and a love of nature, tea, and good food) with aspirations to be a Druid. With
    the possibility of an Assassin sub-class; because, parkour. Amusingly I have
    already begun pursuing the call of the Night Elf Druid within me, as I am
    extremely fond of yoga. Tai chi greatly interests me, so my next class quest is
    to learn the ways of the tai chi masters!

    I’d be interested to see if the majority of Nerd Fitness gamers
    found a similarity in their IRL classes to their chosen classes in online
    games. For example, my main in WoW has always been a Druid…since before
    Burning Crusade, even. And the only race I would ever play in LOTRO was most
    definitely Hobbit.

    By the way…where is the mage class?!

  • Lilly WillowStar

    I think im a hobbit being short and round at the moment . I have aspirations to be a Druid. I already walk 2 miles twice a week and yoga once a week. A change in my diet is the next step…reduce sugar, reduce meat and add more fruits/veggies. Being a type 1 diabetic also adds it’s own set of challenges :)

  • Vivek Sood

    Warrior any day!

  • Tia IsAngry

    I believe I’m more than likely a dwarf from the descriptions I’ve read, but with the potential to be an elf. I’m 5’7″, mostly legs, but very overweight. I’m 235 lbs but people trying particularly hard to be nice say they would never guess. I’m quite strong as far as lifting and carrying heavy things. I have a terrible addiction to sweets and savories. I’ve never known what being in shape is like.

    If I’m being realistic, I’m going to shoot for Ranger. If I’m being ambitious, I’d like to learn how to be an Assassin.

  • Matt

    I am a dwarf. Short (5’6″), stocky (um… ready that, fat. 263 lbs), decently strong but not as much as I should or could be (can lift 160 lbs and carry it but I cant do a pull-up). I’m going for Shadowdancer class (an assassin/monk hybrid). Let’s do this.

  • Matt

    Dwarf druids can be terrifying in an rpg. Its a good class for our race (im a dwarf too haha)

  • Steve

    You need to add that Berserkr to the academy. More strength than endurance, but having some endurance. That is where I want to be.

  • Matt

    ya know, if it gets people off their butts and living a healthier life, it isn’t silly. People make fun of fat guys in the gym for the same reason. They seem like they shouldn’t be there. But why make fun of someone when you have tangible evidence that they are trying to make their lives better? It doesn’t make sense, and neither does calling people dorks because they enjoy a fantastic world made up in their heads

  • Shenrai Tesemel

    What would be the attributes of a dark knight?

  • Humanity’sNature

    I am Human. One of the most cleverest species on the Earth. Quick to adapt and agility beyond imaginable. Training to become a scout, I am (starting tomorrow) going to run/jog/ride for at least 30 minutes just around my road. I will extend it to 1 hour if neccessary.

  • Humanity’sNature

    I’m Human. One of the cleverest species to ever roam this Earth. Quick to adapt to different temperatures, we are one with our minds. Our minds think for us.
    I’m Human, training to be a Scout!

  • Hilly

    Great analogy! I’m elfish, but wish to be a Ranger/Druid :)

  • Maggie Efta

    I’m not sure what my race is. I’m a female law student with a medium amount of excess fat and a horrible sweet tooth. (5″5, 190 lbs.) Perhaps troll? I do have awfully large feet for a woman of my stature. LOL

    For my profession/class, I think I would go with a druid/scout hybrid. I do a mixture of yoga/pilates and (low weight) free weights, with a daily cardio run/walk at the staple. What I really need, though, is to find an affordable yoga studio near my downtown Orlando apartment. Everything in the area is horribly overpriced, at this point I’m driving near thirty minutes to get to a low-key studio that does classes for $5 a pop (provided it isn’t your first time there). I’ve tried doing yoga at home a la YouTube, but I always fear I’m doing it (the poses) wrong and it just doesn’t feel the same.

  • dmitri bogdanoch

    I’m a man, but I can’t really understand the male obsession of muscles – right now I’m a mix of all sorts – but my goal is set for becoming an elf/druid…

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  • Angie

    I got human :) The best species around besides dogs!

    Losing weight doesn’t have to take long. If you’re looking for something that works to lose weight quickly and keep it off, I recently discovered The 3 Week Diet online (go to ) on our local news and it really helped me. I went from 195 pounds all the way to 145, so I’m glad I made the change to a healthier lifestyle. If I can do it, you can too! Get up off your butt and do something about your health and fitness! Three weeks from now you’ll wish you have started today… good luck and you can do this! I promise :)Text me if you need some help staying motivated! (706) 968-7729 – I might be a little slow at replying but I’ll do my best to be your free personal trainer. We can be here for each other :)xo,Angie

  • Tsai Ming-Li

    So I realize that this is an old post, but what’s the difference between the strength attribute and the power attribute?

    Also, if people use swimming as their training, what would they be classified as?

  • Amber

    I would be a Hobbit! Short, stocky, would rather eat than exercise, thats me. I would love to be a mix of Druid and Ranger, small and fast, but strong, too!

  • Tom Murphy

    Ranger / Warrior

  • Tom Murphy

    power is explosive strength – olympic lifts and training to increase your 1RM [max weight for one rep]
    IMO swimming or tennis or basketball or soccer are endurance sports – Scouts

  • Tom Murphy

    I think this a a genius way to think about fitness and what fitness concept you wish to pursue

  • Tsai Ming-Li

    Thank you. ^__^

  • Michael Leese

    To be quite honest? I’d love to be a Monk/Assassin hybrid (ironically enough, that’d probably be a ninja). My city area has this thing called the Mississippi Valley Fair (because the area of the Quad Cities exists in the Mississippi Valley) and every yea they bring in this extreme breaking team called Team Rock, and they inspired me this year to take up Taekwondo.

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  • RosesRBlack

    I think I am a Gnome. I like to use my head more than my body. I am also short and kinda a mix of Dwarf and Hobbit. I think I want to be more Scout-like so that I can actually go places without losing my breath! Also add a little Druid to help with keeping me focused since I get easily distracted. (squirrel!) I don’t care much about strength training except to help lose the weight. That might change if I try more of it tho lol.

  • Alejandro Zárate

    I’m 180 cm tall and weigh 126kg… I guess I’m an ogre, or a half orc or something? Now, I have a problem with the professions because I’m training to be an archer. As in I actually shoot a bow several times a week for hours at a time. My gamer self says that’s either a ranger or an archery focused warrior, but that doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of the post… well, in any case, I do heavy bag work for cardio, so I guess there’s some monk in me.

  • Caleb Richardson

    An overweight Ogre Warrior who prefers brain over brawn, though sometimes lets his rage get the best of him. I want to be an in shape Ogre Warrior who can use his brawn as much as his brain.

  • Ethan Santiago

    I’m a boring human, solidly built but not particularly large or small. I want to be more like an elf assassin/druid

  • Laura Skaletskaya

    If I am doing Pole Dancing, then I am the Assasin…26% of fat – a long way to achieve my goal for 17%.

  • Jacob (Bjorn) Smith

    Orc/Ogre. I guess. I would like to be a mix between a Monk and a Warrior, leaning mostly towards the latter. I love fighting sports of all sorts, unarmed and armed, and want to use that to be Strength and Dexterity based.
    Sad part of it all is I am not used to weight loss exercise or hard exercise in general, so that would be the big and difficult thing to teach myself, mostly the consistency and dedication part. I would like things to sculpt my ogre belly to an Orcs Chieftain 6-pack.

  • Noah

    I’m a night elf monk/assassin