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Manual of Gainful Exercise: D&D Subclass Workouts

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Set your heart ablaze and go beyond your limits!


The Manual of Gainful Exercise is a collection of over 100 workouts, each based on a D&D 5E Subclass. Each has varying intensities and styles ranging from stretching and mobility to gymnastic strength to metabolic burners to power/olympic lifting complexes. I sincerely hope there's something in here for you and your current capabilities. Even if this just inspires you to move your body, that's a huge win - and something to be proud of!

I'm open to feedback and would love you to help you personally with any modifications you may need and that I can include in the text!

Good luck, have fun, and move with pride!

-Steve Huynh

What's inside?

  • 119 workouts based on the D&D sublcasses and 14 additional workouts - all fully tested!
  • An introduction, common modifications for beginners, and a section on why I wrote this.
  • Tables organizing workouts by Subclass, Challenge Rating (CR), and Location.
  • A glossary explaining the fitness terms used.

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Christopher G February 23, 2024 1:34 am UTC
This was found on a site (I think reddit) and it was promted as free on DMs Guild. Just FYI maybe update you previous posts for ethical advertising.
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Barbara C January 07, 2024 7:06 pm UTC
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I stumbled across this practically day 2 of 2024 and I already love it. I even built a Google Sheets companion for it, and I'd like to know if I could post a link for other people to use. Mr. Huynh, if that is okay, please let me know!
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Steven H January 10, 2024 8:04 pm UTC
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That sounds rad! Feel free to drop a link. I hope some folks get some value out of it!
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Perry B January 17, 2023 2:32 pm UTC
I wonder if this has any relation to this Manual of Gainful Exercise, uploaded to sibling site drivethrurpg.com in 2007:

https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/50051/ability-compendium-manual-of-gainful-exercise
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Steven H January 18, 2023 12:00 am UTC
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Haha, looks like the only relation is the general love of being strong (and all the various ways you can define that)!
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Perry B January 19, 2023 3:52 pm UTC
You're right. Looking more closely at the other one, it looks like that one's for characters, not the real world.
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Robert H January 16, 2023 7:44 pm UTC
I wonder if any DMs have used this as a way for their player's characters to level up or gain proficiency in-game. Say, complete the rogue workout in between sessions and get a +1d4 modifier in some stat, feat, roll.
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Steven H January 18, 2023 12:02 am UTC
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You know, I once tried out a system where your real-life exercises did affect your character sheet. It was fun for a bit, but then I realized that I was "grinding" my exercises more than I was getting physical/emotional/mental value out of them - and worse yet, sometimes I'd push a little too hard just to get a bit more value for my character.

Ultimately I stopped doing it because I found my time at the gym/doing exercise was more fun and enjoyable when I was just focusing on my movement and wellbeing, rather than trying to secure a bonus.

But that's just me! It might totally work for others!
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Adam M December 28, 2022 9:37 pm UTC
Hello, This is excellent! I wanted to let you know, that this was brought up in the Mastering Dungeons Podcast recently. (Shawn Merwin and Teos Abadia). Very cool stuff.
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Steven H December 30, 2022 6:25 pm UTC
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Thank you for letting me know! I can't wait to tune in and hear what they had to say!

Shawn, Teos - if you read this, thank you in advance for your support!
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Brandon P December 22, 2022 5:31 am UTC
ok thanks, I am really impressed with your accommodation codes, that is meaningful. Thanks for answering my question. Cheers!
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