Finding YOUR Fit by Finding Your “Fitness Personality”

The key to finding YOUR fit is matching your workout goals to your fitness “personality.” Don’t try to fit a round peg into a square hole! You might be able to follow someone else’s program for a month, but long term you need an individualized approach. It does not matter what works for your sister or your favourite celebrity — it only matters what works for you!! Start being confident in your own fitness lane!

What Personality Are You?

If you enjoy being with others, thrive on friendly competition, find designated “workout areas” — like the gym — motivating, or require different equipment and variety to stay “into” your workout, you are probably primarily a gym bunny. If you identify with all of the above but particularly with being “competitive” or training surrounded by others, then you are probably primarily a competitive-athletic gym bunny. You enjoy the structured nature of the gym as well as friendly competition and athletic activities. If you consistently feel too busy to work out — pulled in a million different directions by your family, friends, and work — and can’t contemplate getting yourself to the gym or a structured exercise class, you are a time-crunched multi-tasker. At least for now, life has to be your gym. If you hate the vibe of most gyms, dislike working out in front of people, or hate wasting time getting to and from the gym but still want an intense workout, then you are primarily a homebody. For a more detailed description of the “sorting process” of the four personalities, see chapter 11 of Finding Your Fit. Your “personality” is mutable — and Your Fittest Future Self’s personality might be very different than that of your current self. That is a good thing. Change means growth. Growth is good. For example, maybe you want to work out at a gym but you are currently too self-conscious. No problem. Your current self can work out at home knowing that taking steps to be active will allow your future self to feel strong and self-confident enough to get to the gym. We all have to start someplace. I started doing workout DVDs at home. Give yourself permission to start at the “bottom of the mountain.” Take baby steps. Those steps are the only way you will eventually get to the top of the mountain. Remember, go as far as you can see … and then go farther. Keep in mind, we are all a mixture of the four “fitness personalities” AND our proportions are — and should be — fluid depending on our current life situation. Let’s take a competitive-athletic gym bunny forced into a transition as an example. Traditionally this bunny has been primarily a gym rat and extremely sedentary at work. Recently the gym bunny’s doctor informed him that sitting is affecting his posture and overall health. He has had to become a gym bunny with a touch of “time-crunched multi-tasker”; he works out daily but also sets an alarm to remind him to get up hourly to walk around and keeps a foam roller at work to do posture exercises. Evolution is good. Change is good. Becoming the future self you have always wanted to be requires change.

Fitness Personalities

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Time-crunched Multi-tasker

The time-crunched individual consistently feels too busy to work out — pulled in a million different directions by family, friends, and work — and can’t contemplate getting to the gym or a structured exercise class. At least for now, life has to be your gym. Remember, your “personality” is mutable — and Your Fittest Future Self’s personality might be very different than that of your current self. Start so you have a program to tweak. If you want to be a gym bunny, but life does not currently allow it, be a multi-tasker (walk at lunch and do balance exercises as you wait for the bus) until you can start training minimally at home.

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Homebody

Homebodies hate the vibe of most gyms, dislike working out in front of people, or hate wasting time getting to and from the gym but still want an intense workout. Keep in mind, your “personality” is mutable — and Your Fittest Future Self’s personality might be very different than that of your current self. That is a good thing. Change means growth. Growth is good. For example, maybe you want to work out at a gym, but you are currently too self-conscious. No problem. Your current self can work out at home knowing that taking steps to be active will allow your future self to feel strong and self-confident enough to get to the gym.

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Gym Bunny

No surprise, gym bunnies enjoy being with others, thrive on friendly competition, find designated “workout areas” — like the gym — motivating, and require different equipment and variety to stay “into” their workout.

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Competitive-Athletic Gym Bunny

Competitive-athletic gym bunnies typically identify with all of the gym bunny qualifiers (enjoy being with others, like designated workout areas, etc), but particularly identify with being “competitive” or training surrounded by others. Competitive bunnies enjoy the structured nature of the gym as well as friendly competition and athletic activities. They are often either using the gym to train for a competitive sport or attending a fairly competitive gym such as CrossFit (where stats and progress are measured).