Your New Year’s Resolution is to lose 15 pounds (even if Marie Claire told you it shouldn’t be). We’re all for it.
So what’s the perfect game plan?
I read articles daily on how it’s cheaper and easier to work out at home. (I even write the occasional article about how gyms are just out to rip you off.) Then again, some people get amazing results by hiring a trainer or grabbing some weights and setting up a home gym.
Ultimately, fitness success comes down to one thing: your personality type. Know it, and pick your exercise environment accordingly.
Type A: Your Head’s Already in the Game
Focused, persistent and take-charge type A’s don’t need to try very hard to tackle your fitness goals. Your razor-sharp focus makes getting in the zone effortless, regardless of where you are or who’s around.
Plus, your natural independence means you probably don’t want a lot of help figuring out your routine. (And your impatience means you’re the most likely personality type to suffer overuse injuries).
Type A’s are ambitious and get bored lightning-fast, so you need to be able to tinker with your routine often, to try new things and be the boss. You’re high-energy, so you go for the short and sweet workout so you can get straight to the point: a killer body.
Your ideal workout lineup: Exercise anywhere, so long as it’s fast-paced with plenty of space for variety and ingenuity. Group classes may try your patience, but boot camps, kick-boxing and competitive sports could be right up your alley. You’re driven, so working out at home may prove the most efficient—no time wasted on the commute to the gym.
Type B: The Exercise Socialite
The Paris Hilton of exercisers, your M.O is fast-paced and fun. An energetic workout is a must for you, especially one that takes place in a group setting (even better if you’re at the center of it). You’re a natural and supportive (and maybe a tad bossy) leader.
You’d much rather work out with real people than Kim Kardashian on DVD, and you like to see and be seen. This makes the gym an obvious choice. Plus, you can easily roll with the punches (should someone be hogging the weights or balance balls).
You have high standards and stay ahead of the fitness curve, predicting the latest fitness trends, from Bikram yoga to hula hoop cardio. The best way to get you into exercise mode could be leading a group of friends in a cycling trip or dance lessons.
Your ideal workout lineup: You’re outgoing and chatty, so treading alone in the basement while listening to music won’t suit you. The gym suits you, if there are opportunities for improvisation, chit-chat and the chance to strut your stuff. Fun group classes like Zumba will satisfy your need to laugh, so you’ll be less tempted to skip your workout to hang with friends.
Type C: The Fitness Perfectionist
Your aim is to assemble the most efficient workout routine in the world, and you’re practically there. Hype, new trends and fad diets have no place in your fitness routine. You’re a research pro, so you already know a lot about exercise physiology and your workouts are based on solid, proven principles.
Type C’s will study, monitor and tinker until you have the perfect routine. You keep a close eye on your measurements and readouts and have no problem doing the math. (In fact, you may need to remind yourself that the most effective fitness routines require variety and a little wiggle room.)
You’re so good at coming up with intelligent workouts that you might even make a great personal trainer yourself. You can help others stick to a regimented routine—or at least track their results for them.
Your ideal workout lineup: Public gym, so long as it’s clean and orderly, and you can track your progress. However, a boutique fitness studio may be more your thing. You’d also be highly successful working out independently at home.
Type D: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Routine is heaven to you. Once you find a solid workout regimen, you’re content to stick with it—doing the same exercises in the same order, while carefully and methodically ramping up your reps or weight each time.
You are the queen or king of sustainable fitness routines, happy to slowly piece it together based on the readouts and your body’s cues. You shine when training for specific goals or events, and predictable outdoor exercise suits you too (running, walking, cycling, rowing).
Because a dingy or chaotic gym is a huge turnoff (you hate distractions) and you prefer your way of doing things, you tend to flock to a DIY or home gym approach.
Your ideal workout lineup: You’d probably be very content at home where you can manage your own workout space, do your own thing. However, a class might be good for you—you’re good at following directions and happy to commit to a long-term plan, but this will make sure you get a little variety and advancement so you can progress.
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