Everyone is different, which is why there is no one type of workout that works for everyone. Below is a look at 5 different personalities, and some exciting exercise options that are perfect for each type!
Short Attention Span – Do you find yourself easily bored with workouts? You aren’t alone. Many people (including me) share this struggle. It’s tough to stick to a workout routine when you are tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Eventually your body and brain get used to it and you hit a plateau, which means you stop making progress. It’s at this point that a lot of people quit. Don’t let that be you! There are a lot of ways to make working out fun instead of a chore. One thing you should do immediately is to to rarely let yourself do the same workout twice. That way you have to be constantly on the lookout for a new workout and/or program that appeals to you, which is not only fun, but it’s also motivating. Another thing you can do to keep yourself excited is to find challenges or short boot camp style workout plans every so often. These are a great way to keep things interesting and keep yourself on your toes. It can be exciting to find new challenging workouts to push yourself through. But don’t worry – I’m not talking about those crazy long workouts or boring programs – I mean the short, intense workouts. Below are some examples of styles of training that can turn working out into a fun activity for the easily bored person:
- High Intensity Interval Training
- Martial Arts
- Acro Sports (like aerial silks)
- Parkour and Freerunning
Energetic – If you are someone with a lot of energy to burn, whether it’s nervous energy or pent up energy from sitting all day, there are a lot of fun workout options to choose from to suit your needs. A lot of these workout styles require a large expenditure of energy in a short amount of time, over a period of intervals, which will not only burn a ton of calories during your workout, but it also boosts your metabolism for hours afterwards. There is nothing quite like the satisfied exhaustion you will experience after one of the following kinds of training. (Note: All of the kinds of workouts I included in my list for people who get bored easily can also work great for energetic individuals.)
Powerful – If you enjoy training – not just for strength and endurance – but for power, you’ll want to keep reading. There are a lot of great ways to work out in a powerful way, as opposed to spending an hour on the treadmill or isolating muscles with weights for a few sets. Not to be too scientific, but power is basically the when you exert a lot of strength forcefully in a short period of time. For example, Olympic Lifts all involve a lot of power and strength to move the bar from the ground to the final position. Check out the video below to see what I mean:
Here are some great options for you if you are looking to incorporate more powerful movements into your workout routine. You can click on each option to link to a page or video that explains more on that particular workout style.
Methodical – If you like to have a set routine and think through everything you do, some of these workout styles might be a good fit for you. They all involve a lot of thought, coordination, and attention to detail – which are all things you probably enjoy if you are more of an analytical/methodical type.
- Martial Arts
- Suspension Training (TRX)
Relaxed – If you are more of a down-to-earth individual who tends to be a little more calm and subdued, these styles of exercise might be right up your alley. That’s not to say they are easy by any stretch of the imagination, they are just a little more relaxed and thoughtful as opposed to energetic and dynamic.
If you didn’t like any of the workout styles I talked about today – don’t let that stop you from finding something that gets you excited to work out! There are a lot of new fitness trends out there, so if you wanted to try something new every day, week, or month, that is totally possible! Just do some research and find what works for you.