Let’s face it: even at the best of times, working out can be a painful chore – finding the energy and motivation to hit the gym at the end of a long workday can be almost impossible. One of the best ways to maintain a steady exercise routine is to find an activity that you love – one that doesn’t really feel like working out (but leaves you exhausted by the end!). Exercise plans by personality type are perfect for determining what kinds of exercises you’re more likely to stick to – perfect for anyone who has trouble with motivation or boredom during exercise. Read through the exercise personality types below to see which fits you!
Body Combat, Boxing, Free Weights – The Badass
Are you secretly a bit of an ass-kicker? Do you ever fantasize about becoming a super-strong warrior, or love the way Pink is so tough? If so, the Badass workout is perfect for you!
Developed by the world’s most popular exercise companies Les Mills, Body Combat is a one-hour exercise class that combines kickboxing, karate, jujitsu and tai-bo moves into a fast, high-intensity workout. Body Combat is amazing for both burning calories and building muscle – and works you out from head to toe. Looking for something a little less intense? Try the boxing bag or free weights at your local gym. Ask an instructor for technique tips before you start punching (to avoid any wrist or knuckle fractures) and devise your own workout to your favorite bad-girl music. Free weights also give you the freedom to choose your own intensity levels, while still building muscle and making you super-strong.
Team sports, boot camp, running groups – The Socializer
Do you love to have a gossip while working out? Is feeling supported and comfortable during your workout an essential? Taking on a team sport with a group of friends can be amazingly beneficial – rather than getting together at the pub or for dinner, head out twice a week for group sports! You’ll have all the fun and enjoyment of socializing with the added bonus of getting fit. Most sporting organizations are very happy to accommodate new teams – try a sport such as netball, basketball or volleyball that requires minimum equipment but gives you a great workout! If you can’t get enough people together to make a full team, try joining a bootcamp or running group with a close friend.
Body Jam, Zumba, Modern Dance – The Girly Girl
Have you ever kind of wanted to audition for the Pussycat Dolls? Do you love to head out on a Saturday night and shake your booty ‘til dawn? If this sounds like you, try a dance-based cardio class!
Developed by Les Mills fitness, Body Jam is a high-intensity cardio workout that combines all styles of dance – modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz – into a full-body workout. The best part? Moves are gradually learnt over a few songs so you have time to perfect each one, and are then combined as a whole routine (think the final number in Moulin Rouge or Chicago, but more modern and sultry!) You’ll be so busy feeling like a superstar that you won’t even notice you’re working out. For a slightly lower intensity, try Zumba. Zumba is another dance-based class that focuses mostly on Latin-American dance moves – perfect for a sculpted dancer’s body, but easier to follow and not as intense as Body Jam. If your gym doesn’t offer any dance-based classes, look up a local dance studio for adult classes – and get some friends to go along too!
Treadmill, elliptical trainer, exercise bike – The TV Addict
We’re all guilty of it – ditching the gym to watch the new Gossip Girl can be an all too alluring temptation (theoretically, this is why nearly all gyms have cleverly placed televisions above most of the stationary equipment!). TV-watching is often a vastly underrated workout tool – not only does it give you no excuses in terms of missing your favorite shows, but most people tend to totally zone out while watching TV, making your workout a breeze! To maximize the benefits of TV at the gym, make a timetable of your favorite shows and head to the gym during these hours. Stick to machines that don’t require too much concentration such as treadmills, cross-trainers and stepping machines (to avoid any workout-related mishaps!). You’ll be into a fantastic exercise routine without even realizing it!
Yoga, Pilates, Body Balance – The Guru
Does the idea of a loud, fast-paced class sound daunting? Would you prefer to be left alone with your zen than listen to a screaming instructor? For a more relaxed approach to fitness try a Body Balance class – a lower-intensity, strength and toning-based class.
Body Balance incorporates moves from both yoga and pilates set to soft, soothing music. The class involves an hour of poses and strengthening exercises, designed to improve muscle tone, lengthen and elongate your body. Body Balance exercises are often unusual, and so are great for targeting muscles you never knew you had – perfect for those problem areas that are tough to work out. Also, because it’s a combination of both yoga and pilates, it’s intense without being too painful. Yoga tends to focus more on the mental side of exercise, whereas some first-time pilates-goers find the moves a bit too difficult. Combining the two means a satisfying workout for both the body and the mind.
Most gyms have both Body Balance and yoga/pilates classes, but if you’re having trouble finding one try looking up a private studio. Private studio classes tend to be somewhat more expensive, but usually offer a smaller, more intimate class – perfect for those looking to perfect their technique!