How to find the perfect workout for your personality type


Group class or solo sweat session? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

How would you describe yourself? Introverted or extroverted? We know that introverts need time to themselves and extroverts like the spotlight, but your personality type could also affect how you workout.

If exercise feels like a chore then the workout you’re doing might not suit your personality type – according to new research conducted by health and wellbeing app, MINDBODY.

Choosing the wrong kind of workout for your personality might make working out harder, less enjoyable and less effective – so it’s important to choose a fitness option that is going to inspire you.

So if the thought of a group bootcamp makes you shrivel up in fear, or if the idea of a lone jog inspires nothing but boredom, try these alternative workouts that have been tailored to suit different personality types.

The experts at MINDBODY have come up with six classes to try, depending on whether you view yourself as an introvert or extrovert.

Classes for introverts

HIIT

Tom Jenane, nutrition and fitness expert at Natures Health Box, says: ‘For introverted individuals, I strongly recommend giving HIIT workouts a try. These are great for burning calories in a minimal amount of time, plus you do the exercises solo.

‘Great for burning calories in a minimal amount of time, plus you do the exercises solo.’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

‘If you don’t fancy attending a public class, there are plenty of YouTube videos you can follow at home, just make sure you choose the appropriate level  (beginner, intermediate or advanced) so you can progress and meet your goals.’

If you’re working out from home, Tom also recommends switching the HIIT session you follow, so it stays fresh and you workout your body in different areas.

Yoga and Pilates

Interestingly, a large majority (81%) of introverts say they often feel worn out after exercise. So, why not try a Yoga or Pilates class?

The classes are not as vigorous as other forms of exercise, yet they still improve strength and flexibility.

Whilst there will be other people taking part in the class, you do have your own mat which you can place in a space you feel most comfortable.

Luke Hughes, CEO of Origym, explains: ‘Most Yoga and Pilates classes are also very welcoming and relaxed in nature, so individuals should have no trouble fitting in and feeling comfortable.’

Barre

When taking part in a barre class, you work on ballet moves, but within your own space.

Founder of Xtend Barre London, Catie Miller, explains: ‘Although barre is a great class to express yourself and be vocal if you wish, it is also a space well suited to someone who prefers to channel their energy inwards or have little interaction.

‘We work on ourselves in barre and despite the good energy in class, it can also feel like you’re the only one in the room.

‘Classes are often smaller in capacity than other exercise classes too and much of the instruction can be based at the barre, which might appeal to someone who prefers their own space or a more intimate environment.

‘The famous burn from barre comes from repetitions of ballet-inspired movements and isometric strength training, so whatever happens, you’ll be sure to challenge your body!’

‘Most Yoga and Pilates classes are also very welcoming and relaxed in nature.’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Classes for extroverts

Boot camp 

According to YouGov, more than half (51%) of extroverts say they seek out challenging situations.

Boot Camp requires teamwork and offers a variety of challenging exercises that change every session.

‘Extroverted individuals can bounce off others to push each other and ensure they both get optimal results,’ says Tom Jenane.

‘For this reason, bootcamp workouts are brilliant, as you can ensure you’re all pushing each other to your maximum limit and minimising breaks.

‘With the added pressure of working out with others, this means you are less likely to back out early, until the session has completely finished.’

‘Extroverted individuals can bounce off others to push each other.’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Dance 

Extroverts would do well in dance classes, such as Zumba, as these are very social, with a huge focus on having fun whilst working out with others.

Luke Hughes recommends: ‘If you’re looking for a group exercise that isn’t gym-based, a dance class is a great option to consider.

‘Dance class attendees feed off the high-energy environment that is created when they all come together, which only makes them push harder and most importantly, enjoy themselves.’

Unique classes

More than half (52%) of extroverts claim they’re not afraid of taking risks and seeking out challenging situations. Therefore, extroverts are more likely to try new exercise classes, even if they have never attempted them before.

For this reason, they’re the perfect candidate for new exercise concepts such as aerial yoga and pole fitness.

‘Consumers are always looking to use their time more efficiently when working out combined with keeping their attention during their sessions,’ says Shara Tochia, co-founder of DOSE.

‘Combination workouts can be the best way to satisfy that demand, especially for those who fit the more “extroverted” personality file.’

Commenting on the research, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, said: ‘While people have different fitness levels, it’s also important to remember that people have different personality traits too, and these can impact the way we work out.

‘If you’re struggling with motivation, or you’re simply just not enjoying your workouts, then it’s important to understand whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert to determine what type of fitness plan/class will work best for you.

‘Whilst it’s important to stay fit and active, it’s just as important to enjoy yourself whilst working out too.’

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