Take our exercise personality quiz to find the workout that suits you best
The team at Genesis Health + Fitness break down the best workouts based on personality type.
Personality quizzes are popular way to learn more about what makes you tick and how to work effectively, especially in the corporate world – but could this apply to exercise as well?
The answer is yes!
If you find you hate some types of exercise with a passion and certain activities feel way harder than they should, then perhaps you’re not working out in line with who you are.
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Whether your personality falls into the A, B, C or D category, there are workouts which could be suited especially to you… and you never know, you might even start to enjoy it (pssst, we won’t tell anyone!).
Which personality type are you?
Never taken a personality test and unsure which type you are? Choose which one resonates with you most:
Type A: The Director
Likes to work independently, is goal orientated, competitive, a great multitasker and likes fast-paced environments
Type B: The Socialiser
Very outgoing and loves to be around people, spontaneous and fun-loving.
Type C: The Thinker
Rational, detail orientated and prepared, enjoys stable and controlled environments and sticking with the facts
Type D: The Supporter
A slow, easy and methodical approach to life. Task-orientated, low-key, dependable, compassionate, calm and a fan of predictability and repetition.
Best ways to workout
National Fitness Manager at Genesis Health + Fitness, Sam Merza, shares his tips for matching your workout to your personality:
Type A personalities thrive on competition and are quite the ambitious bunch, so of course you like to exercise in much the same way.
Not that you need much help in finding motivation but set yourself a goal (ain’t nobody getting in the way of a Type A goal!) or work to a weekly exercise plan to kick yourself into gear.
“Type As enjoy an action-packed schedule and handle change well, so it’s a good idea to mix things up. A boring routine will be your worst enemy.
“You are at risk of overdoing it too as a Type A, which can be just as hurtful for your body as not exercising at all. So listen to your body. As well as your favourite high-intensity workouts, try a yoga class or going for a long walk – keep moving, while giving your body a chance to recover,” says Sam.
“You like a bit of competition, but you can be easily angered, so it probably suits best if you find ways to compete with yourself and better your results each month by keeping track of your progress. You’ll be motivated by a challenge too, so pick an event to train for and work towards.”
Best ways to work out for Type A: HIIT, cycle class, fun runs/triathlon, morning workouts, obstacle courses.
For the relaxed, patient and easy-going Type B-ers, exercising might be more of a spontaneous task.
Aim for 3-4 workouts a week or 120 minutes of activity whenever you feel the urge and mix thing up.
“It’s all about people, people, people – you love the workout as much as you do the chat afterwards,” says Sam.
“Grab a friend as a workout buddy or seek out group training options that let you work out with others.
“Keeping things fun will work well and be mindful that you do tend to be unrealistic sometimes, so don’t go too hard to soon with a new activity.
“You love awards and recognition so fitness challenges like a Coaching Zone 6-Week Challenge are a great choice for you – and they also help you keep on track and help you to avoid procrastination and a tendency to not finish what you start.”
Best ways to work out for Type B: Zumba/dance fitness, boxing, fitness challenges, a gym for plenty of variety, dressed in the latest workout gear.
As a Type C personality who is logical, practical and detail orientated, you’ll probably prefer to go it alone and you’ll crush any exercise plan, as long as it has lots of detail.
“Book a session with a PT and get them to write you a program to follow each week. Get them to explain how each of the exercises will help you transform your body into the fitness temple you want it to be. You’ll thrive on the detail and practicality of it all!
“Trainers working on the gym floor have so much knowledge in health and fitness and a really comprehensive training program can help change your habits in just a few weeks and improve your mentality around keeping fit – as you do tend to be unnecessarily hard on yourself,” Sam says.
“You’ll work best spending your Sunday getting organised for the week ahead – booking your training in and doing some meal prep.”
Best ways to work out for Type C: with a training plan, reformer pilates, running, swimming, RPM, weight training.
Didn’t fit to any of the above, well maybe you fall neatly into the Type D category where you’ll love a good, risk-free routine.
You’ll jump at the chance to track your workouts by calories/time/distance and while the thought of a group activity might freak you out, it could be the best way to keep you running towards your fitness goals!
“Jump on a cardio machine and keep an eye on the dashboard – you’ll love making sure that heart rate monitor stays the same throughout your entire workout.
“Or what about a distance run, keeping the Ks same for a few weeks, until you feel like you can move up? While you might be a little quiet, a group training activity will help to boost your motivation when you feel you need it.
“It’s really all about finding your favourite workouts and sticking with them – just make sure you select a few different activities that you can repeat each week so you’re getting breadth in your workouts and covering off different muscle groups and both strength and cardio training.”
Best ways to work out for Type D: marathon training, yoga, group exercises class, tennis, hiking, a repeatable weekly schedule.
Whatever your personality, there’s a way to make it work to your advantage when it comes to your health and fitness, says Sam.
“There is a reason why personality types are used a lot in corporate environments – it’s because they do tell you a lot about the person and what makes them tick, how they will perform best and what sort of tasks and management styles are ideal,” says Sam.
“Similarly, understanding what personality type you are and choosing an approach and certain exercise activities that match it best can improve your overall enjoyment of exercise and the results you’re getting.
“No all types of exercises suit all ages, abilities and body types and nor do all exercises suit every personality. Try to select activities that are favourable to your most common traits and listen to that little voice in your head if it’s telling you it doesn’t enjoy a certain workout.”
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