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Welcome to another challenge, and another general chat thread!




To the Assassins, the world is one giant playground. Every building can be climbed, every gap can be jumped, and every obstacle can be conquered. Assassins spend most of their time training with functional bodyweight 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, Gymnastics
  • Real World Examples: Parkour Traceurs, Free Runners, Rock Climbers, Gymnasts, Athletes on Ninja Warrior

Do I have to be super lean and in shape to be an Assassin?

Heck no! While being in shape is obviously beneficial (in both your everyday life and in your training), it is not necessary to be Al Kavadlo to join the Assassins' Guild. We have Assassins of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels here, and all are welcome.


So if I don't have to look a certain way, what do I need to be an Assassin?

Nothing is really required to be an Assassin, though a love of bodyweight training is definitely recommended. While many of us use equipment in our training, calisthenics are definitely at the core of it all.


Do I always have to wear black?





  • Nuala
    35-years-old, French, Robot Mistress of Pain

    I'm in a never-ending quest of getting better, I've never really had weight problems but I struggled for a long time with depression, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence. Well, I still have the last two, but at least I'm doing better for the depression part! I'm also in a journey to be healthier. Since I discovered Nerd fitness, I learned how to do push-ups, pull-ups, started bouldering and Chinese pole and got rid of most of my back problems. I have embraced the assassins way of life and don't want to go back to my weak self!

    I'm also a video games/Programming nerd. I started playing video games 31 years ago, back when the dinosaurs were roaming the earth! I'm more a 80-90' video games fan and I have a huge backlog (GoG is threatening my wallet :x). My favorite games are the "Might and Magic" RPG series (MM6 & MM7 >*) and the fantastic "Planescape: Torment". I used to play MMORPG too, but most of them are lacking the RPG part that I enjoy so I stopped playing them.

  • RandomWanderer
    34-years-old, New Jersey USA, Proud Assassin

    I'm two years out of weight loss surgery and doing all kinds of crazy stuff to keep myself active including Gorucks, mud runs, parkour, runs at 6 am, and just recently climbing trees. This has lead my body to reject it's host and request a new owner recently LOL.  I also do Kung Fu.

    I found NF about 8 months ago and between Steve's blogs and this community I found a focus and a drive that took me to new heights of fitness. I was at the beginning of my barefoot running saga when I found NF (in fact a Google search on barefoot running is how I found NF) and I had never done and never thought I'd BE doing hand stands and burpees and all kinds of crazy exercises. I love this community!

    I work child protective services, which keeps me out late many a night. I also have a photography business on the side and I'm a Theravada Buddhist who does some meditation teaching and Buddhist education stuff as well as talks. I'm looking at the possibility of becoming a monk in the near future.

    Life's been crazy lately and I've allowed that to control my exercise priorities. I pushed my body past it's limits and i'm still trying to work back from that and find a happy medium. I'm a bit "lost" these days... but I feel i'm making progress finding my way back out.

  • Wolverine
    31-years-old, California USA, Former Pirate

    I was an athlete (soccer, water polo, swimming) until my sophomore year of college when I decided that being lazy and drinking beer was of a higher priority than training and competing.  I hit 175 lb. at my heaviest, got down to 155 lb. on my own before finding Nerd Fitness, and am now at 143 lb. working my way to 135 lb. and my first set of chiseled six pack abs.

    I'm a smaller guy (5'7") and am PASSIONATE about bodyweight calisthenics and gymnastics-based workouts.  This is the first time in my life where my size is actually to my benefit in an athletic endeavor.   I'm currently rotating a floor/rings/parallettes-based strength program with a cardio routine (Insanity) five days a week.  I also climb a couple times a month and have been known to hurtle down mountains on a bike now and then.

    Nerdwise, I love comic book/graphic novels (and their movie equivalents), The Hobbit/LOTR, Star Trek (all forms), Star Wars, Firefly, Game of Thrones, and have recently started BSG.  Basically, sci-fi and fantasy.  My wife is a huge Disney fan, so some of that has worn off on me over the years as well.








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How do you currently navigate the forums?  Do you use the "Content I Follow" link?


Stars show you which threads you've posted in.  "Following" (subscribing) allows you to get notification of new replies to threads you've posted in, new replies to threads you've chosen to follow but haven't posted in, and new threads in subforums that you've chosen to follow.  Notification of new replies/threads is entirely dependent on how you have your notification settings configured.


I, for one, am emailed every time a new thread is created in several followed subforums.  I am notified when I log into NF (but not by email) of both replies to threads I've responded to and threads that I haven't responded to but follow.


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Yup, I use "Content I Follow" constantly - but I don't use the email notifications, just the link in the top bar. Though I do have to remind myself to go look at the forums to check about new threads, missions, etc! It's possible to miss events entirely if you only look at the page of threads you're following.

Level 13 Elven Assassin
Challenges: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Current
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. - Goethe

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Yeah, that's why I have email setup for new threads in the subforums I visit.  Everything else I have setup for notifications when I login.

Aha, that makes way more sense - I couldn't handle the deluge of email when I got emailed every time someone posted in a thread I follow, but if you do it just for subforums, that sounds way more manageable. And then you don't miss things like mini-challenges! Not that you would, being a mod, but yeah.

Level 13 Elven Assassin
Challenges: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Current
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. - Goethe

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Ugh! So lost. Need a tutorial. How does one subscribe to a sub-forum? And how do you just get notifications when you log-in. I subscribed to threads but unsubscribed when I got email deluged. Trying to get my email under control, so I don't want tons of notices.


The good thing is I do know what a mini challenge is!

Wisdom 22.5   Dexterity 13   Charisma 15   Strength 21  Constitution-13

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind' Luke 10; 27

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At the top of every forum is the follow/unfollow link.  Just click it to follow/unfollow:




As for email/notification settings... Click on your avatar image in the upper right hand corner of the browser window.  Then on "My Settings".  Then on "Notifications Options", second to last link in the menu on the left.


The most important section is the first one.  This is how I have mine set up:




This means that I receive an email whenever a new thread is posted in a forum I follow.  I also get a notification when I login here at NF.  I auto-follow everything I reply to (the checkbox in the gray area), but I do not have notifications/emails set-up for that because I would be drowning in them both, so I just check on these using the "Content I follow" link.


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I'm also an assassin, and feel as if my name should be on the list.

Level 25 Final Fantasy Rebel

My Epic Quest | My Journey | Currently on the Trial of Orthos
Str: 60 | Dex: 23 | Sta: 66 | Con: 28 | Wis: 55 | Cha: 14

Goals for 2021:

  • Build my brother a Destiny 2 Lamp
  • Learn how to do a Handstand
  • Play 1 song on the acoustic guitar
  • Clean up the Christmas Decorations and finish setting up my apartment (hang things up, plus some other few things that need to be organized)
  • Re-introduce Pull-ups into my routine
  • Build a shelving unit next to my Desk

"No matter what, if you can hold your head up high, you've done the right thing."

"When you stand with your family, your family stands with you."

"Write what needs to be written."

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Not sure it would work. Assassins are wary of mixing mushroom and old juice now :x But you'll probably get your name up.there.when you'll have posted your 6 week challenge thread!


I'm not even in the list yet either :(

Nuala, level 13 Robot mistress of pain, Assassin Guild leader


First journey: The Rise and fall of an Assassin

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13

Second journey: Crawling back


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Not sure it would work. Assassins are wary of mixing mushroom and old juice now :x But you'll probably get your name up.there.when you'll have posted your 6 week challenge thread!


I'm not even in the list yet either :(


HA HA HA... If you don't have a thread up I don't even want to hear about it... ;)


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