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Challenge How To (Updated 2/6/22)

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Note: Changes from 2/6 highlighted :)


Pick Your Goals


Pick 1-3 goals related to workouts, nutrition, and/or mindset to work on over the next 5 weeks.


You'll see challenges with a lot of goals - while you can choose as many as you'd like, we find people are most successful when they laser focus in on a few each challenge. 


Create Your Thread


Start a new topic in the current challenge forum. You can find the current challenge forum here:



Name it whatever you want, but we recommend putting your name in the title!


Write Up Your Goals


You can write as much or as little as you want here, but the most important piece is writing out what your goals are.


Some other things that can be helpful to include are thinking about how you're going to accomplish these goals, some things that might get in the way, and how you're going to kick those things right in their behinds. 


Tag Your Thread


Under the title box, there's a button labelled "Add Tags". Click that and you can add tags, separated by commas. 


We use tags to separate ourselves into groups based on fitness goals, called guilds. (If you've done a challenge in the past, we're tagging our threads instead of putting them in guild specific subforums)


So, how should you tag your thread?


If your goals
Use the tag...
:rookie: Are getting back into fitness, this is your first challenge, or you're respawning after a longer break
:rebel: Are focused on general fitness, or you aren't sure about what guild you'd like to be in, or don't want to choose one
:adventurer: Revolve around hiking, geo-caching, travel, exploration, rock climbing, etc.
:assassin: Focus on bodyweight strength, gymnastics, dance, or parkour
:druid: Your goals center around movement based disciplines like yoga or tai chi,  or are focused on balance or mindset
:monk: Are martial arts focused (any discipline)
:ranger: Cover a wide variety of interests, as your ultimate goal is to be a jack-of-all trades
:scout: Focusing on endurance sports, such as running, swimming, or biking
:warrior: Revolve around getting as strong as possible


Yes, you are allowed to multi-class, or be in multiple guilds (whatever you'd like to call it :))! Just tag your thread with multiple guilds if you have goals around multiple areas of fitness (we just ask that you try to limit yourself to 3 different guild tags). This includes multiclassing in the Rookie guild (so you can belong to any of the guilds, AND tag yourself a rookie). 


Note: You can see full guild descriptions and examples in this thread.


A few notes on tags - 

  • Case doesn't matter - it will default to lowercase after you use the comma.
  • We will do our best to add the proper tag if you forget it


Submit Your Thread


How to Participate Once You've Submitted Your Thread


From here on out, it's really what is the most helpful for you. Update as much or as little as you want with how your goals are going, struggles you're facing, or - how you're kicking them right in their behinds. 


Some people find it helpful to keep a checkbox style tracker, some people like to use their threads as more of a journal.  Either way is fine - it's what's the most helpful to YOU. 


There are no "shoulds" on how to update your challenge! As long as you're working on your goals, you're doing it right! :)


For a community aspect, other people will read about and comment on your goals and your thread, too - that's part of the fun! You are not required to comment on other's threads, especially not all of them - so don't feel bad if you can't :). You can make some amazing friends here, though (I know I have!) so I recommend stopping by at least a few people's challenges and saying hi! We also have a General Chat thread where everyone, regardless of guild, can chat and share tales of their adventures during the challenge, or even request a helping hand should they need it.


A few important items for participation (in addition to your individual threads):

Guild Chat and DiscussionThis is a forum with individual threads for each guild to meet and talk about different things. This is new as of 1/1/22, and for the first quarter of this year we're experimenting with keeping the same each challenge. Feel free to hop in at any time :)


Adventure Parties and PVPsHere you can either join an adventure party or PVP, or start your own! Each group/pvp has their own rules and goals which are detailed in their individual threads. These can be SUPER helpful if you find one with similar goals to yours! Remember that many of these, the goal is the spirit of the challenge, 


Successes Thread: After the first week, we'll post a successes thread. Just like with the guild chat, this is a new thing, but the goal is to have it open to call out and celebrate both yourself and your fellow challengers. See someone completely crushing it or overcoming something and want to give them a shout out? Use this. Have someone be super helpful? Use this. Hit all of your goals and feel like a total boss? Use this :)


We'll also use our own threads, but this is a fun way for us to recognize others more publicly (where everyone, regardless of who they are following) will see, so we can get some inspiration from each other - but also hope to show what everyone is working on so we can make friends with similar goals and interests, as well. 


Wrap Up Thread: Once the challenge is over, we'll post a wrap up thread, so you can share how your challenge went and ideas for changes you'd make next time. You can do this here in the wrap up thread, or you can do it in your own thread and copy a link to show people :) 




1) Can I pick more than 3 goals?

You can! However, we recommend to focus on just a few - as it's easier to master one thing at a time


2) What goals should I pick?

It's really up to you! We recommend building goals off of systems that will help you achieve your goals. Here's one of the best articles on goal setting on the internet


3) Do I have to have goals in each category (workouts, nutrition, and mindset)?

Nope! Those are just the main three areas of fitness! You can work on all nutrition, all workouts, all mindset - it's really up to you!


4) Can I start early (or late)?

Sure thing! The forum goes up the week before the challenge (which some people refer to as 'zero week'), so you can start anytime you'd like!


5) Are there other elements of the challenges?

Guild Leaders may put out mini-challenges which are completely optional, but are a fun extra if you have the extra bandwidth and like group challenges!


In addition, check out the Guild Chat Threads. 


6) What's all of this role-playing stuff I see? Is there a Role-playing Game element to the challenge?

The short answer is that there is no official RPG system that we use in our challenges.


The long answer is that many challengers create character sheets, assign themselves attribute points, and/or make a character/RPG based system for their challenges.  Every challenger who does this has their own system. 

7) What's the point of tagging our threads? 

Tagging our threads helps organize ourselves into like-minded challengers who are focused on similar exercise goals! The tags allow easier sorting using the forum software to link anyone tagged under a guild together so they can all be found by anyone wanting to organize by guild just in case you're looking for something (or someone!) specific and don't want to hunt through every single challenge on the forum. 


8 ) Didn't we used to have individual guild sub-forums to split out into guilds instead of tags? 

Yes there was - now we do all of our challenges in the same subforum and tag our threads per guild, and then use the links above to sort the threads by guild. 


9 ) Is there an easy way to form a group of people who want to focus on their challenges together? 


Absolutely! Create a thread in the Adventure Parties and PVP Challenges section

You can even look for other challengers who have similar goals as you, and create a PVP (player vs player) challenge!


10) Is there a place to chat with my guild? 

NEW! Yes - check out the guild chat subforum!


Note - these threads are something we've added this challenge as a lot of the survey feedback we've received so far wanted a place to chat with your guild - and this was the easiest way for me to add this for this next upcoming challenge while we're still going through feedback (if you haven't filled it out, you still can :) ). It's an experiment - we may have the same thing or something different next time based on how it goes! :) 


11) What are the dates of future challenges? When do the forums go live?

Here are our 2022 Challenge Dates


The forums for the new challenge will go live the Sunday before the challenge starts, so the day after the last challenge ends. 


10) I'm feeling a bit lost, overwhelmed, and don't know where to start.

Don't worry - you're not alone! I felt that way in my first challenge, too :) Over the years, though - I've found this to be the most welcoming and kindest community on the internet (I wouldn't have stuck around for over 10 years if it wasn't!)


Remember the rules of the rebellion - We don't care where you came from, only where you're going. You're here, which means you're one of us already.


We don't care if you've been here for 10 years or 10 minutes - everyone is equal here!


Post up your challenge - if you can't decide what goals to pick? Just pick one. Walk every day, drink a glass of water in the morning - start small and build on that. 

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