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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1,461 thoughts on “Real-Life Role Playing: What is Your Profession?

  1. Lol, I’m under 5 ft tall and at age 55, after 4 kids later in life (first set in my 30s, second set in my 40s, and all 4 by c-sections), I’m pretty much Hobbit-shaped…like in the Rankin-Bass movies not the new live actions where I think of them more like true half-lings not actual Hobbits..cus they’re too skinny, lol…I don’t really feel I fit into any of the classes listed.
    I see myself right now as a Human-Hobbit whose soul is Celtic-Klingon and whose inspirational character is Gabrielle from Xena….cus I am her coloring and a storyteller by nature….so I feel like I am on her road right now just out of Potadeia….so it’s Rebel for me at the moment cus she rebelled against that mundane village life. Maybe one day Amazon Princess too? I love archery, foil fencing, tai chi, and IsshinRyu karate, and weight training. (Before kids, I was at one point, after Jenny Craig and Family Fitness membership, 98 lbs fit and able to bench press nearly twice my weight.)

  2. The last two posts are from Hobbits, of which I am as well! At 5’2″, and with my deep love of food, gardening, and comfort, it only makes sense.
    I’m thinking druid? Not sure. Can druids be carnivores? I’ve tried going vegetarian a few times & my Dr told me to stop – I don’t have the genes for it, & being sensitive to soy doesn’t help. Veggies & I get along ok, but when I tried to go veg last time, I nearly shanked my roomie for a chicken sandwich.

  3. Well druid looks like the potentially laziest class…. So I’d say I’m there & would like to move to assassin class. I’ve never been fit, just thinner. I’d like to change that.

  4. I think I may have found my problem – if I am honest, I probably would want to be a wizard…which isn’t listed, since wizards really have no desire to work out. Like me 😉

  5. Wow this website looks great!
    I wish I would’ve come up with the idea..

    I would definitely be a druid. I hate any processed food and will go out of my way to avoid it.
    Although I also have traits of a scout as I walk barefeet whenever I can (in the house, small distances to my car etc).

    Let’s just pretend it’s Dungeons & Dragons and that I’ve got two classes!

  6. Ha ha!
    I was a skeletal Elf (5’9″ 130 lb) Peasant (i.e. good for nothing physically) for the first 15 years of my life. For the next circa 7, still an Elf… Climber, but eventually a relatively strong one: got up to 150 in a year, and then eventually got to do a chin-up with 110 extra lb, and a 400 DL. When I began, I dreamt of becoming something like an ogre (pro bodybuilder or strongman), but after 6 years of not growing, I almost stopped hoping.

    Theeeeeen, after a few more years, my transformation into an Elven BIG FAT WARRIOR began: inbetween 2014 and today, I’ve gained 70 more lb without resorting to demonic concoctions (i.e. PEDs), and now I want to gain some 30-40 more! (but I got it out of my head I could be like those mythical creatures)


    Oh, and I want to become a max level warrior-assassin, too, since the only thing better than being able to lift 800 lb (which I don’t… yet) is being able to lift 800 lb AND dodge and strike like nobody’s business!

    Well, actually, a warrior-assassin-wizard would be even better. Yeah. That! Because the only thing better than being able to lift 800 lb AND dodge and strike like nobody’s business is to be able to lift 800 lb AND dodge and strike like nobody’s business AND have more knowledge of ancient and future lore than most will ever have in their mortal lives!

    (hmmm… wonder if I could become some kind of giant draco-lich?)

  7. I must be half orc or something. Not especially taller than average but on the heavy side (not ridiculously heavy either). Plenty of CON and decent STR but my DEX could use some work xD Ranger with shades of druid sounds about right….

  8. Humm… a tall Dwarf. I do stand about 5’4″ which is average for a human, but Im chunky and have next to zero flexibility.

    I initially thought I’d fit in with druids but I like the assassins too. I think I’ll just call myself a bard. I will do a combo of meditation, yoga, body weight exercises all while singing along with my Playlist to inspire the workout. Who said support characters were weak?

  9. I’m short, tubby, working off babyweight of 2 pregnancies… I remember when I used to be elfin (not Elven, tall and skinny, but elfin, short and skinny muscle), back when I was in training to be a monk. Now I’m probably just an undereating dwarf (I gain a lot of weight when I don’t eat)… eventually I would like to be an assassin/druid/monk blend. But right now I’m a pasty network technician.

  10. This is such an awesome idea! I love this! I am probably somewhere between a warrior because I love the challenge of building strength, a Monk because I have done a few martial arts and a Druid because at the moment I am practicing Yoga and meditation regularly. Is there such a thing hahaha? Well if I am gaining strength through all that then I guess I am a warrior.

  11. I’m a dwarf (who is tall for her race). I’m sturdily built, but I am carrying more weight than I should be. I’m a combination of scout and assassin, a true rogue. Not so lawful, agile, quiet, strong and quick. What I’m saying is that I should probably not be in charge of the loot list, but I should definitely open all of the treasure chests — to take my finder’s fee and ensure that it’s not trapped or anything…

  12. Former elf here who could probably get away with eating behemoth burgers, jellies, and goddess knows what else. Now that I’m getting on in years, I have a halfling mead belly and I’m not very well toned at all. I still visualize myself as a Ranger though.

  13. I was thinking Warrior Mage hybrid. Guess that would be Monk here. Core strength, martial Arts, wrestling, yoga and meditation.

  14. Pretty sure I’m a gnome at the moment… short and pretty chubby, but of course adorable. I would love to be a warrior/druid hybrid, balancing strength with flexibility and focus. My whole life, balance is something I have lacked, but always needed. I am Type I Diabetic and asthmatic, and I spend most of my days playing video games or watching TV after work, instead of playing with my kids or doing something else more active. I am excited to start this process and become less of a less of a lazy gnome and more like a Jedi… but of course, still adorable.

  15. I think i am the scout because I can run really far for long distances of time

  16. Assassin is atm my class but id like to be a hybrid of assassin and scout
    But partly a warrior so like kind of like a very fast agile scout. Do in other words assassin+scout+warrior=so like a nymph

  17. I think I’ve always been Elvish (people always point that out), could never gain weight no matter what I did. Since my last pregnancy I kept on 15 lbs for the first time in my life thanks to getting my driver’s license while pregnant and no longer trekking everywhere.
    Although I finally am sitting at my goal weight from all my life, it’s not healthy weight. I lost a lot of strength and am holding the weight only around my midsection in the form of fat.
    I seemed to always be a ranger/assassin hybrid but I’d LOVE to add in a high monk ability to that.
    If I can stay the same weight and completely change my abilities and structure I would be thrilled.

  18. Ok I know this post is super old….but I have to comment 😛

    Bro, I can’t tell you how much I love what you’re doing. Honestly. Obesity is one of the biggest problems our country faces and you have found and are implementing an AMAZING solution to it and targeting a group where (no offense to Geeks/Nerds (I’m one of you)) obesity as well as a lack of physical activity is common.

    Thanks and keep up what you’re doing!

    P.S. I think I’m a troll by race lol (5’6″, ~185 lbs). But my goal is to be a monk and I will train hard for it!

  19. Bit late to the game, but doesn’t lok like I’m alone so:
    I’m a dwarf, short, stalky, even good with my hands and adept at craftsmanship.
    But I’d like to be a monk. I don’t like fighting, but just the shear understanding and control of oneself, inside and out, it’s like magic to me, and I want in!

  20. i am a normal human mage and i want to become a professional gun-for-hire (hitman/bodyguard hybrid)

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  24. I’m an ogre. 6’0 about 240, Doctor wants me to get down to about 195. I’m going Monk/Druid, since I’m pretty far down the Monk Path already. I’ve got one Black Belt in Aikido, now working on a second one in Pa Kua. I’m also a teacher, which helps too. Biggest challenge is managing all the demands on my time.

  25. Race: Hobbit. Not too tall, eat way too many meals, carry extra weight around my midsection but not really anywhere else.
    Current Class: Trader
    Aspiring Class: Traveling merchant
    I’d like to be able to lift, carry, and walk long distances with weight. I’d like to be able to run when necessary to get out of trouble or fight if I have to.

  26. I am an elf-human halfling. I’m tallish like an elf, but I’ve got the broad shoulder and wider hips of a human. I consider myself a Ranger, a young one, but a Ranger nonetheless. I’m trying to fix my cardio/muscle imbalance without losing my cardio endurance or damaging my muscles.

  27. Currenlty either a slime or a mini-ogre. Going to try and work towards either ranger or assassin as that is the body type I’d like to be. Since I am not too tall 5’10” and I think I’d look pretty funny as a warrior :P.

  28. I believe I am a human(5’11, medium build, leaner then most with wider shoulders) and I’m going for a trifecta Ranger/Assassin/Monk combo. I’m calling it a Knight. An agile and strong fighter that can go for hours on end. I’m also drawing inspiration from Captain America(my fav MCU/Comic hero) and law enforcement(my career). My wife is also human(5’5” and medium build, also leaner) and is going after a Druid/Assassin combo named Adventurer.

  29. Would say I am an ogre here. 6’1 and nearly 300 pounds (unfortunately). Always been a large, broad person but all the fat has been progressive over the last 5 years or so. I was a warrior/monk class at one point about 7 years ago when I was in the service. I weightlifted, ran, and practiced kung fu (no really, it was a kung fu dojo) and also participated in a boxing league. I absolutely loved it.

    When I got out of the service, I unfortunately let myself go slowly, and 7 years later, I am very overweight and a lot less strong. So my goal is definitely to return to my old class of warrior/monk. I wanna be a tank because of my strength, not because of my fat… Hehe. It will take a lot of work to become a master of those classes again, but I am determined to do it!

  30. I’m human – about 6 feet tall with a standard frame. What I really want to do is train as a Scout because my body is well suited for it and I love trail ultramarathons. Unfortunately, I have a lot of stress in my life right now from family and work. So my health and life would probably benefit much more from Druid training to balance out the stress.

    One class that wasn’t mentioned here (and surprisingly might have been missed in the comments), is the Mage – the wizards, necromancers, practitioners of the arcane arts. “Wait a minute,” you say. “Why does a mage need to train?” Simple: Wielding supernatural forces is tremendously taxing and requires a fit body and fit mind. However, Mages also need to spend a lot of time studying those mystical tomes. So they must maximize efficiency in training – minimal time and maximum return. My sense is that a Mage would gravitate toward machine-based high intensity training (think Nautilus, “Heavy Duty” and “Body by Science”). A full body workout of multijoint exercises on machines, one set to failure, once a week. Could be done in 30 minutes. Mages would like the scientific/technological aspects of the training and the machines and would be the consummate “HIT Jedi”. Dealing with the mental effort needed for the lifting would also strengthen their minds for the intensity required to wield those magical energies. Other days would be flexibility/mobility work to allow for fluid movement in the magical motions of spell casting.

    For diet, I think Mages would probably go ketogenic. For instance, a plate of cheese, preserved meats, and olives or a simple cup of “bulletproof” coffee or tea with butter or coconut oil blended in. Eating mostly fat makes meal preparation simple, saving time. The keto diet would also help ward off hunger, requiring fewer meals overall. Lastly, the mage would appreciate the purported mental benefits of the ketogenic diet – increased focus and alertness. Intermittent fasting would be practiced as well – not intentionally but as a natural outcome of being so immersed in study that the Mage forgets to eat.

  31. Ok so I made my own race so they’re called Aren-feris (or Feris for short) they are human like, very tall (avrg. 8’5), skinny, can fly, have a life span of 100-300 yeas, VERY fast and strong. They are also very loyal and friendly. They have bear ears, bird wings and a wolf tail. They are usually used as servants by Elfs and humans. They need some form of companionship or they will die. So I’m a Feris who is an assassin/monk hybrid with a phoenix pet named Finegan. I’m distantly fit, 9’4 and still growing.

  32. If I’m not doing this right please tell me… I would be an ogre (?) Tall but fat (6’2″ and 296 lbs)… I see myself being a hybrid class.. warrior, ranger, and monk. I want to be big and strong, look like Leonidas (a.k.a Gerard Butler), and be able to kick ass like a martial artist to protect my family. I love martial arts and want to include it in my workout but I can’t afford to take any of the classes. I do have a gym membership and I do try to go almost every day.. Whether it’s life stopping me of just need a rest day… And truth be told I love the idea and concept of Nerd Fitness as I am a gamer. Help me out, please. If you need to know anything about me.. I’ll answer any and all questions.

  33. I really don’t know what my race would be (Human? I’m a human. Maybe dwarf. I am short and kinda temperamental at times. But I’m also fat.). But I of course did start out as a rebel, and then I went to druid to work on meditation. That’s where I currently am. I think next is monk because I would like to get back into martial arts and self-defense. Mostly going to do self-training and maybe some classes offered by the local police or something at a community center if I can find that. Was part of a school for years but I got really tired of their business practices and some of the ways the master(s) was/were talking about things and other people.

  34. Though I am visibly short and temperamental, I am actually 5’7″. It’s just being confined to a wheelchair that makes me short. Not all of the quests are built for people with different abilities, but I’ve figured out how to fix that for myself. 🙂

  35. I’m a baby ogre right now to be honest (5’6, 185 lbs) but I’d really like to be a druid/assassin/monk haha. I think it would be best to start in the gym and build the base and lose the fat, right? Then start martial arts training, and then teach myself parkour. I’m probably most naturally inclined to be a warrior class or ranger class, which is fine, but I’m really looking for a lot of good technique and functionality in my strength. One of my goals is to be able to outfight, outrun, and outlift my naturally athletic younger brother lol. Anyway I think maybe my goals are a bit out of reach right now but if I commit to it, I think I can have a showdown with him for sure!

  36. I’m an elf who started his fitness journey training like a scout but quickly realized it was making me scrawny and weak. My current goal is to be a warrior/ranger – something like Crossfit athletes. But it looks like I’m stuck in elf mode despite training like a warrior for the last 2 years. Very disappointing 🙁

  37. I’m probably a Human, to be honest. Definitely not thin enough to be an Elf, but not big enough to be an Orc or an Ogre. Maybe a Half-Orc. Definitely Half-Orc. Maybe sort of tall at 5′ 6″ and I’ve got a bit of a belly, but the rest of me isn’t big or anything, just my stomach enough that I don’t particularly like looking in the mirror.
    I’m a Half-Orc with dreams of being an Assassin! I’m only just starting out so I’ve got to start on the very VERY basic stuff, but I’m ready. Although Gyms are sort of terrifying for me.

  38. I mean I’m 5 feet tall, and I love to eat and smoke weed, so I guess that’s pretty much a hobbit in a nutshell…

    Like most hobbits, I am too intimidated by this adventure to know what I want to become, but I’ll figure it out once I’m on the road!

  39. I’m 6’3”, 275lbs, so I guess that qualifies as an ogre. I really want to be a Ranger. I want to be thin and strong. I’ve got a long way to go.

  40. Well this took a LONG time but as for class, I think would be a Mystic Warrior since I’m mostly working on Meditation (Druid), strength training and weightloss (Warrior) and self defense skills (Monk)

  41. I love this idea. It makes exercise sound much more fun. I am an 18 year old guy, medium frame, 5’11, and last time I checked my weight I was 240 – 260 pounds.

    I find exercise difficult, but Parkour/Free running appeals to me. So I think I am an Orc or Goblin. I want to be an Assassin/Scout hybrid. The paleo diet sounds pretty cool. It’s the only diet I find interesting.

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