► Disclaimer: Please Read
I am not a medical professional, fitness expert or health coach, but merely a writer with a tenacious spirit for research and observation. My purpose for writing this article is to simply share ideas and concepts I have created which have improved my life. However, I encourage you to do your own research. You may not agree with some of my ideas or suggestions, and I am not interested in a debate. Additionally, the following recommendations have nothing to do with body weight or type, and I am not offering an assessment or making suggestions based upon specific fitness goals. This article is merely about the relationship between personality and one’s commitment to fitness. My only goal is to benefit others by sharing ideas and methods which have helped me. If you have an injury or serious medical issues, please consult a trusted doctor before trying any of the recommendations below.
Take my hand and, for a moment, step down from whatever fitness train you are currently on. I ask you to consider something: Have you ever wondered why the vast majority of individuals abandons their fitness goals and endeavors every year? There are a variety of reasons why, however I believe it is entirely avoidable. We often consider the most obvious reasons, which range from a loss of motivation due to a lack of ideal results, disruptions within lifestyles, schedule difficulties, injuries and boredom. Rarely, however, do we actually consider that, just as each of us “vibes” well with certain types of friends, co-workers, occupations, colleges and cities, our personalities and needs are not going to jive with every type of fitness program.
Just because your best friend’s cousin or your ex-boyfriend’s sister’s roommate enjoys and achieved incredible results from a particular fitness program does not mean it is the answer to your specific problem areas or extra 15 pounds. Just because your best friend’s cousin loves living in Los Angeles and watching paranormal documentaries doesn’t mean you would also, right?
You must enjoy your fitness activity of choice because the pleasure you receive from it is, in part, what will keep you committed to it. You may not enjoy every second of it, particularly those moments during the last five minutes of a brutal cardio session or when you find yourself on all fours, huffing and puffing, heart pounding and sweat dripping onto the floor in front of you. Still, you should rarely greet the activity with a sense of dread, and it should always provide you with a feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction afterwards. Your body should begin to crave the movements. It should be a special time for you to connect to and nurture your body. The form of exercise you choose should make you feel alive in the best way.
Find A Trainer You Love.
It is imperative that you like your trainer, whether they are training you in person, from an ipad or an xbox. They should motivate you to keep going. Training with them should feel like spending an hour with someone you trust and respect; perhaps even a friend. If someone screaming in your ear, “Give me 20 more!” motivates you, pay attention to that. If someone whispering assuring words motivates you, take note of that. Follow your attraction and motivation.
Based upon my observations, research, personal fitness failures as well as victories, I have created four distinct fitness personality types. You may fall into one of my categories or, if you are like me, you may be a fusion of two types. Regardless, I believe that recognizing the way your personality greets certain forms of fitness will assist you in making smarter choices, using your time more effectively, getting more pleasure out of your workouts and, ultimately, achieving optimal results. So… let’s find out what your type is!
Note: I am only recommending forms of exercise I have personally tried and found beneficial. There are likely better options within each category I have yet to try, however I cannot honestly suggest them to you.
Fitness Personality Types:
Type 1: Meditation In Motion
Perhaps you have a high-stress job or are surrounded by madness and chaos all day long. Perhaps you are sensitive to the stress levels and heightened emotions of others. If the idea of exercising in a serene, comforting room with the lights turned down low appeals to you, this is your fitness type. You wish to be calmed, centered and soothed while being challenged physically. Even if your heart rate is elevated and streams of sweat are dripping down your face, you crave feeling grounded and mentally relaxed. Exercising in a loud, frantic environment with club music and energizer bunnies frolicking and bouncing within the realms of your personal space gives you anxiety. You likely prefer to work out early in the morning or at night. Actually, you just prefer to work out when it is quiet.
Recommendation: Tracy Anderson Perfect Design Series
I have raved about this series prior. It has an intimate, yoga-esque vibe to it, which I enjoy. It gives me the feeling of being one of Tracy’s private clients after hours. I finish dripping with sweat every time. Tracy Anderson, in general, is incredibly creative with her method and, despite the amount of criticism she often receives, quite brilliant. I adore her personality, passion confidence and spunk. Also, it is evident that she genuinely cares about helping women achieve a body they love.
Recommendation: Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
This elegant yet surprisingly challenging and effective workout challenges the muscles of my entire body while also providing them with an excellent stretch. Best of all, it produces immediate cinching, lifting and streamlining results. This is currently my most preferred workout by far. Mary Helen Bowers is proving to be brilliant at synergistically frying, restructuring and beautifying my body parts.
Type 2: Positively Zoned Out and Dripping With Sweat
You are likely a runner or perhaps a dancer, for an hour or more of continuous movement is the best part of your day. You often completely “zone out” mentally during your workouts, however you bring a great deal of energy to them. You enjoy working out to music and are flexible with having a partner or exercising solo, however you are not a fan of too much distraction. You prefer to finish your workouts feeling exhilarated and drenched. You crave the proverbial “high” following a workout, for no drug on the planet could possibly compare to it.
Create a playlist of anthems, find your location and just go! Run like the wind.
Find A Dance Floor.
Create a playlist, find an appropriate spot and move to the music for your desired amount of time. This is one of my favorite forms of exercise, which allows me to zone out and get entirely lost in the music.
Type 3: Moderately Interactive & Easily Bored
You get bored easily. You need to be stimulated and presented with a variety of movements, yet do not wish to be screamed at or overstimulated. Working out alone does not appeal to you, for you prefer to have support and others present to motivate you (or imitate!). Still, the thought of someone bumping into you, sweating on you or distracting you is slightly repulsive. You wish to interact, but only moderately. Also, you cannot fathom doing the same workouts over and over again, week after week and month after month.
Recommendation: Buti Yoga
This sexy and transforming workout is not your typical yoga, and is perfect for this personality type. The pace is fairly moderate, the poses are not held for long and the entire body is challenged. The music is fun and offers a great deal of variety. Bizzie Gold, the creator and instructor, is bright, engaging, colorful and motivating without coming across as remotely obnoxious or loud. She backs her method with an immense amount of training and study of anatomy.
I have participated in a small variety of barre classes, and enjoyed each of them. They are shockingly difficult, compelling your legs to shake uncontrollably. I find them to offer the perfect balance of interactive and adequate personal space. There is also a great deal of variety among the movements.
If you decide that you love barre classes but need to supplement at home, I have tried and recommend the following DVDs:
Type 4: Interactive Energy Ball
You crave being motivated during your workouts, and have trouble following through with them if you do not have an exercise buddy. Accountability is essential. You feed off of the energy of others while working out. Being screamed at by a hyper instructor, trainer or workout partner appeals to you and even encourages you to continue. The faster the pace or the more intense, the better. Also, the more energy and greater volume to the music, the more energy you bring to the movements.
Recommendation: Shaun T’s Insanity
This series offers a great option for this type of fitness personality, particularly when the only option is to exercise at home. I tried my friend’s Insanity workouts twice, and I was huffing, puffing and swearing halfway through the warm-up. I vowed to never attempt them again. In an effort to prove my point about different personalities having different preferences in fitness, consider this: My friend became obsessed, almost instantaneously, with Insanity while I couldn’t bring myself to try it for a third time. I was almost allergic to how fast-paced and frantic it seemed. Still, observing her impressive results from consistently performing the workout, along with her passion for it, I cannot deny its effectiveness.
Recommendation: Barry’s Bootcamp
This class is basically a fat-burning party. I have never done them nor do I feel enticed by them, for they are not compatible with my fitness personality type. However, I feel comfortable recommending it, for I have had many friends take the classes and have witnessed their results. I have also viewed quite a few videos of the classes from various cities. Each appear to be incredibly challenging, particularly if you are a beginner. If this is your fitness personality type, you will absolutely love this workout!
Recommendation: Zumba / High Energy Dance Cardio Classes
Find a class in your area and, remember, your choice of instructor matters. If you don’t like the instructor, you likely will not stick with it.
FINAL TIP: Don’t Work Out In Your Ugly Sweat Pants
What are our greatest inspirations for working out? For one, exercise is life-giving and we need to connect with our muscles so that they do not atrophy. However, we need to be honest with ourselves and admit that the physical improvements we receive, as well as enviably observe others receive, from working out is one of our ultimate motivators. So, don’t wear your ugliest, frumpiest clothes.
Save your cutest, most flattering yoga pants, shorts or other workout attire exclusively for your workouts, and you will want to work out even more often. Choose pieces which are flattering to your body and suite your personality. Exercise is a celebration of life and movement. So, celebrate and support your body in every way. Do it for yourself.
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