The Sims 4 Walkthrough: Fitness Guide

Updated on October 15, 2014
A sim on a treadmill, working on her Fitness skill.
A sim on a treadmill, working on her Fitness skill. | Source

Hup hup hup hup! So, you want your sim to be a fitness buff, eh? Not a bad choice. Fitness-oriented sims are incredibly fit, have no trouble staying in shape, and are among the few skill-oriented choices that can technically reach level ten without a single purchase. Raising the Fitness skill is not easy, however, and your sim has to battle more issues than simple boredom to raise it high. This guide will provide some details on Fitness sims, and how the skill can be useful in other sections of The Sims 4.

Aspirations and Traits

Fitness sims have only one dedicated Aspiration, and that’s Athletic - Bodybuilder. Pretty simple stuff, as the point is always going to be staying in shape. Bodybuilder will give your sim the High Metabolism Trait, which allows your sim to remain fit and trim more easily. This Aspiration also (and, I’ll be honest, I’m not one hundred percent sure if this is the cause of it) allows your sim to Push the Limits and keep exercising even if they’ve already been engaged in a long workout. Quite handy for quick development.

Associated Traits are also pretty obvious, even at a casual glance:

  • Active. Active sims tend to become Energized more often. Energized sims are what you want when you’re working on Fitness.
  • Loves Outdoors. Your sim enjoys going outside. Unless you want to spend a lot of cash on exercise machines, your sim will probably work out by Jogging. Might as well make the most of the time by keeping your sim happy with their surroundings.
  • Though these Traits typically don’t work into early sim builds, the Rewards Trait Gym Rat will allow your sim to build their Fun while exercising. More important, they won’t lose Hygiene. This last point is extremely important. Gym Rat only costs 500 Satisfaction, which you can build up pretty quickly.
  • And while we’re here, do not choose Clumsy. True, your sim won’t care if they muck up while engaged in a physical activity, but you shouldn’t want them to muck up more often in the first place.

A sim on a weight machine, working on her Fitness skill. Note how sims become more toned as they work out.
A sim on a weight machine, working on her Fitness skill. Note how sims become more toned as they work out.

Getting Started

From the second a sim is created they can choose to Go Jogging. You can use this option to satisfy your Fitness skill’s requirements until doomsday. That said, your sim will often want exercise equipment, so it’s wise to make a few purchases. A punching bag is a nice, cheap staple of an exercise-oriented home, and treadmills / workout machines can come in when you earn enough money. Assuming you don’t want to spend any money, you can also send your sim to a gym to buff up on these other machines for free, also giving them plenty of chances to socialize with other sims.

As you build up your sim you’ll receive the following bonuses at each level:

  • Level 1 - Workout, Jogging
  • Level 2 - Discuss Workout Techniques with other sims
  • Level 3 - Endurance Run on a treadmill, Research Workout Tips on a computer
  • Level 4 - Box on a punching bag, Heavy Lifting on workout machines
  • Level 5 - Make Protein Shakes at bars, No Sweat Run on treadmills
  • Level 6 - Show Off Muscles to other sims
  • Level 7 - Hill Challenge on treadmill
  • Level 8 - Epic Workout on weight machines
  • Level 9 - Practice Fighting with other sims, Commando Training on punching bags
  • Level 10 - Mentor others in Fitness

Most of the options provide variable workouts to your sims, allowing you to vary the amount of exercise they get based on their mood. A sim that’s feeling quite fit and Energized, for example, will do well with an Epic Workout, while sims that are tired or perhaps in a bad mood should stick to a No Sweat Run instead. Hygiene also plays a role in all this, and you’ll probably have to get your Fitness sims in the shower on a regular basis. (Hence Gym Rat is very helpful.)

Perhaps the most useful of the things you’ll gain is the relatively-innocuous command Drink Energy Juice. Energy Juice adds points towards Energized, and unlike so many other options for changing emotions, it’s available anywhere, any time, for free, once the sim has already been working out. This will allow you to build up Fitness much more quickly than usual, and with a minimum of fussy interactions with other objects.

Mastery of Fitness is pretty bare-bones, as all you can do is Mentor other sims. This is handier than it sounds, as many sims are quite resistant to the idea of exercise, and will stop pretty soon after they’ve started. Mentor makes building their Fitness skills a fair bit easier. On the plus side, mastering the Athletic Aspiration will earn your sim the Long Lived Trait, which extends their natural (ie no accidents) lifespan. Fancy.

A sim on a treadmill at the local gym. Sims can work out for free at a gym in The Sims 4, which is wise if you're strapped for cash.
A sim on a treadmill at the local gym. Sims can work out for free at a gym in The Sims 4, which is wise if you're strapped for cash.

Making Money

Now for the big question: Is Fitness lucrative? Unlike a lot of other skills, no, it isn’t really lucrative at all. At current there are no money-making options for sims that are extremely fit, besides, perhaps, running around a lot and looking for things to collect. (Even then, your sim won’t actually gain any Fitness points unless they’re Jogging.) That said, several career paths require Fitness of a certain level for promotions, namely Secret Agent, Criminal, and Astronaut. Consequently, you should try to devote a few hours a day to exercising your sim after they come home from work to keep their Fitness skill rising so you don’t hit any abrupt speed bumps.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)