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.

Warrior

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.

Scout

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

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.

Assassin

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.

Monk

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).

Druid

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.

Why?

Because I can, and because it makes me happy.

How About You?

Profession

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 Rising Heroes, a game/program/community of sorts we’re developing around this very idea…

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

-Steve

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

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  • Elsie Cullen

    Why is the Real Life Example for a Monk not Bruce Lee?

  • JolieMidori

    I know it’s not on here but I’m a dwarf lol… but my real aspiration is to be an assassin. A strong mind and body is something I wanna work for.

  • Eaglebones

    I guess I’m an orc of sorts. Around 6’5″ lanky sort of build with reasonable fat and muscle, though I’d like more of one and less of the other (guess.) My main focus is to be an assassin, but I’ll try a little multiclassing at high levels.

  • Ken

    At 6′ 3″ and 251lbs, I’d say half ogre warrior looking to multiclass into assassin. I tend to lapse into mindless heavy lifting so maybe I’m more of a barbarian. Let’s see where intermittent fasting, healthy food and bodyweight workouts take me! (I may try at prestiging a few levels of Monk/Druid if I can find an instructor.)

  • Miguel

    Im a scout and want to be a ranger with more emphasis on the warrior aspect.
    So like a warrior who just happens to be able to run far and last longer, kinda.

    Is there a more specific name for that?

  • http://boom.austeninc.com/ Austen Clement

    I’m currently a very skinny elf. I want to become a Scout Assassin,

  • UseTheSchwartz

    At 5’6″ and 165lbs, I’m kind of a half-orc type of woman. I’m naturally inclined towards the warrior class, but I’d really like to multiclass Ranger/Monk so I can be a more competitive member of several guilds. And…I um…I’d really like to do freelance and sidequests with Assassin experience.

  • Marty Waite Jr.

    After reading the article I concluded that I’m an elf a very lack of determination elf but thats why I’m here. My class is Assassin atm maybe add for a hybrid after more training.

  • TheWelshGamer

    i think i’m an elf, so tall and the arm width of a string of spaghetti. the class i want to be is basically a hybrid of an assassin, a scout and a druid (but only for the flexibility’s).

  • gloryw

    Dunno for sure what race i am. Always struggled with weight, 5’6 female, naturally stronger than most women I’ve met, hate cardio, would rather run a mile than do the same distance in sprints but enjoy interval, martial arts and weight training(stuff that doesn’t require speed as much as strength).Pernicious anemia makes any oxygen heavy activity feel like I’m going to die. Want to be a ranger/assasin

  • Izzy

    I think I would like to be a mix between a ranger and a monk. I am pretty short, but I put on muscle pretty easily, along with the fat, but I am going to work on that. So i am going with I am a human or maybe a half ogre mixed with human.

  • Paladin Perchance?

    Unsure about my race…. I’m 5’4, female, and always been overweight, but good muscle base (a personal trainer/friend calculated that even at my heaviest, I had a 138lbs muscle).

    After much thought, I think that I want to train to be a paladin. The 3 things I want to start doing are lifting, yoga and I want to start training for long distance hiking. I’m not speedy, I like slow, controlled strength, flexibility and stamina.

  • Rebekah McCoy

    i’m not sure…. I’m 42 and suffer severly from fibro! i’m thinking Ranger? Help?

  • Casper

    My race would be an undead since I am 6 ft tall and 140 lbs. I just want to be resurrected into a scout!

  • MissMagpie

    I’d say at this point I’m a half-breed human/ogre. I’m not particularly tall (5’8″ female) and I’m not extremely overweight, but I am definitely overweight. I’d like to be a cross druid/ranger.

  • Shiloh

    I’m pretty sure I’m a hobbit. Short (5’2″) and pretty stout (195). I would love to be a Monk/Assassin hybrid. The idea of being agile, being able to hop through anything while being able to throw a punch really sounds pretty awesome. I’ve just started, but here’s to hoping that I can get to that goal. :)

  • Bard Judith

    Curvy trobbit (half hobbit, half troll) wench with cropped hair, green eyes, green soul, training as a bardic druid. For realz. Thanks for a fab concept!

  • StardustPaste

    I think I’m human. I’m not crazy overweight and I have average strength and low stamina. I’d like to be a scout because I’d like to run faster and longer and build endurance.

  • Wilhelm Salzburger

    Totally a Halfing…this Halfing wants to be a PALADIN (I’m thinking a combo Druid/Warrior. That equals Paladin, right? I suppose depending on one’s religious leanings at least…).

  • Moripaw

    I know these jobs are supposed to be stereotypical, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit cringy when reading the druid : P Have you ever heard of the Vegan bodybuilding and fitness group on facebook? All plant-based, but most of them are warriors, they lift heavy, and I actually haven’t seen anyone there doing tai chi or yoga. Also, plant-based is certainly not a ‘minimalist’ diet. It has much more variation than a meat based diet. Also, I never heard of any vegetarian/vegan athlete that eats meat once in a while to get more protein. A ‘regular” plant-based diet is already packed with protein. Just a myth I wanted to get out of the way : )

    Other than that, it’s a very fun article. I don’t think I’m an elf or an ogre, more like a hobbit : P

  • Patrick Doyle

    Dwarf i am short and fat but i want to be strong and agile so i think the Ranger or Ranger/warrior is what i am going to become. I just came across this site and think its awesome i can compare working out with World of Warcraft. I am in the military and going to the on base Gym is scary for me cause everyone there is a huge Warrior and its intimidating trying to work out around them so this body weight workouts that i can do were ever is going to be good for me.

  • Sean Micheal Truly

    I noticed there is no Dwarf mention on here? That fits me…I’m shorter than I’d like to be (5’10, about average-but if you watch WWE, that’s Daniel Bryan’s height) and I’m big-built like my dad who stands a head taller than I am. I want to be a mix of Warrior and Druid and perhaps even Ranger…..it’ll be interesting-either way I’ll be an average sized powerhouse if I ever do bulk up….which will be interesting. I’m not in the running to lose weight, but I am in the market to get stronger, healthier, and more athletic-and that usually means swapping fat for muscle. I’d like to be at 230 (I’m at 260) but whatever I wind up as will be nice. My aspiration is to be a Pro Wrestler

  • Terra Draconi

    Im a human soon to be wood elf. Im about 187 lbs. My goal is 170lbs. The classes that fit what I want is the assassian druid hybrid. I do yoga daily and walk to my cave and mosy around in there for a bit and usually sprint back up the mile trail. Still working on my END. And my AGLY. In the spring im going to hit it hard like an ogre fighting a halfling lmao. Next year I willbe at the camp and hope to share some things and learn even more. Also with spring comes the hunting and foraging so im starting the paleo diet as well and im working soooo bloody hard on quiting smoking. (Any advice??) But as it is. Good luck to everyone and good energys to you all!! Also I wouldn’t mind getting to know some of yall. Message me or add me on fb…ask of course so you can find me lmao -Terra Draconi

  • Pepa

    I am a monk… and that’s EXACTLY what I wanna be :)

  • lelerz03

    Completely an Ogre right now… but i’m aiming for a druid. That my base naturally…

  • Dani Hendriksen

    I am a warrior but I want to be an druid/ranger hybrid

  • Jennifer Tissot

    I’m currently a small-boned elf with shrinking muscle tha that builds well. So, I’m thinking, in addition to my quic gait and long legs, I can achieve scout/warrior status by working on strength and endurance training. I eat relatively well as far as nutritious foods go, but could def increase veggies and more healthy fats in diet as well. Need to balance protein more. I’d love to try protein and other shakes again with a Ninja blender! works wonders! Makes healthy eating /drinking very attractive and easy to get into! I highly recommend owning one and perhaps a juicer as well.

  • Dan

    I’m an ogre with eyes of being a ranger-monk.

  • Particle man

    I’d like to go full D&D here and call myself a Half-orc. Above-average height for my age, bit of a belly and I’ve put on some muscle recently(Not a lot though). I think I’d like to train as a warrior, with a bit of ranger thrown in. I like lifting weights (Though I’m staying off barbells until I get a gym membership), and also to run and cycle.

    This site’s really motivated me to work on my physique, so thank you Steve, for putting in all this work just so we mortals can get to know the nature of true fitness.

  • Kelly Jane

    So, I am pretty much like Amanda in description but 5’9. So, does that make me a troll? Oh, but I think my goal is Ranger… I would be a Druid but I need meat.

  • Katilyn

    I am 5’6″ and 154lbs, I think I’m about an average build for a woman except with some extra squishy in the middle and noodle arms, so I think I’d place my race as human . I would like my profession to ultimately be Assassin but first I think I need to go for a Scout and then multiclass later as an Assassin, maybe take a few ranks in monk, too. Basically I want to be a Jedi. Nobody said this couldn’t be a star wars RPG.

  • Jordan Watkins

    As I am an Elf also ( 1.93m 79.3kg) and just from reading some of the comments I’m in good company. Anyway I’m gonna try for a triple combo with the scout, monk, and druid.

  • Xnavysealfins

    I was born with the body type of a scout. Currently I am more of a warrior body type just not as much muscle :). I would like to be a Ranger/assassin mix. I am starting my paelo diet and training routine. I completed a Tough Mudder last Sept and I am signed up for another this May. I want to be stronger and better fit and more agile.

  • Greenswole

    I would guess right now I’m something like an Orc Warrior (that would be my best way of imagining it). At 6′ and about 255lbs, medium height, stocky/bulky, and I specialize in strength lifts. I’m actually looking to make a change myself to be more of a hybrid between ranger and monk. Not sure what that would be… Pugilist? Rogue? Brawler?

    What would you all call that? I personally like Brawler.

  • DJ

    Right now I’m a Ranger working towards assassin status

  • Patryk

    I suppose, im an Elf also and i would like to become like a Ranger. I prefer cardio training, so i think its a good connection. Your system about characters is awesome :) Sorry but my english i just try to skill up on yours website.

  • Griffin Cage

    I’m definitely an elf, 5′ 7″ or so and 115 lbs. I’m already pretty far as a monk/assassin, so I’d really like to keep working on those.

  • wonk

    I am definitely a warrior monk…that makes me either a wonk or a marrior! Favor Plant eating and look for life’s balances however have the capability to move a mountain if in my way..

  • Adele

    I’m a Druid but I need to eat more veggies…

  • Kevin Edward

    I think I’m currently a human, I’ve got a belly, And a (meh) scout. My goal is to be an assassin scout hybrid.

  • Arthur

    Im a short slight elf and i wanna be a monk – basically look like GSP but weight adjusted for my height and frame – i am 5’7 and have a small/medium frame, whereas GSP is 5’10 with a large frame, walks around at 195 pounds. I used to want to be a warrior but I realised after starting muay thai that being able to lift a lot doesn’t mean you have functional strength

  • Warmarin

    I think I’m a small orc or a human a little bit overweighted. Guess i’d like to become an assasin. But its hard to keep motivated…

  • Cory Kalte

    Me orc, me class warrior/monk. Punching and kicking, and eating meat. Axes, strength,….. and MEAT!!!!!!

  • Gypsy Wolf

    I’m definitely an Elf. Assassin/Monk is my style, I’m into Wing Chun, Kali, Rock Climbing and Parkour, gotta work on my fitness and muscle building though.