Are you the type of person that, despite being an avid gym goer for the last decade or more, finds yourself completely baffled by some of the machines in the gym? It's not uncommon.
No matter how much you exercise, you might not have ever taken the extra effort to understand your reasoning for exercising, and whether or not you're doing the best moves for your personality. The Internet doesn't make things any clearer — constantly providing us with new information as to whether we should focus on cardio first or strength training.
And then there's that lurking feeling of dreading the entire experience. Isn't there something else we can try out? We don't know because we've never thought about it. We're simply missing out on important information regarding how we can best serve our bodies, goals and personalities -- until now.
John Rowley is a best-selling author, certified personal trainer and ISSA director of wellness who claims that the world has three different types of fitness people: the quitters who only hit up the gym once or twice and then just give up for good, the one-timers who have a specific goal like losing 20 pounds in mind, and the hobby-cultivators whose prior focus of one intention turns into a habitual routine rooted from an all over place of love for the activity.
Within each of these types, there are people who workout in certain ways that says a lot about their personalities. This is what John says your go-to workout says about you.
If you only prefer the treadmill, you’re the noncommittal type.
You might like hitting the gym for this piece of equipment only, but long periods of cardio don't do much besides work to burn more calories, and of course, get you that runner's high.
If you want to give your metabolism a boost and tone up, hit up the weight machines.
[bctt tweet="This Is What Your Go-To Workout in the Gym Says About Your Personality"]
If weight machines are your jam, you like your comfort zone.
Weight machines instruct us on how to do a move right, which takes away the fear of making a fool of yourself with free weights in front of other gym goers. You're the kind of person who is afraid to try something new because of how others might perceive you, forgoing the fact that new routines on the mat are beneficial.
You have your eye on the prize If you stick to free weights.
You are a seasoned exerciser whose goal is to get stronger and progress the more you hit the gym. The psychology is that you are more in tune with your body and its abilities since you probably stand in front of the mirror and watch your form as you lift. You're a goal-oriented person in all aspects of life.
If group workouts are your thing, you are looking to have a memorable gym experience.
It's not always about getting in shape for women, but they also see their love for cardio as an experience. They want to do well in class, and discuss it outside of the environment with their gal pals too. If this is you, then you're the kind of person who sees your friends as your biggest gym motivators.
If you prefer a solo session, the gym is your escape.
The gym is your therapy. Here, you get to be all by yourself — free of conversation, compromise and judgement. If you see it as your "me time," you are a lone wolf who respects taking care of yourself, and only yourself when you know you need it.
And no matter your style, John believes everybody should make time for one certain thing.
And that would be resistance training, which people who choose the elliptical and stair climber shy away from. He also brings up the importance of implementing the “King TUT Method,” which stands for Time Under Tension, into your routine. This refers to you taking 20 to 30 seconds of rest between lifting sets to avoid overworking your muscles. When you use this method, you stimulate your metabolism while also pushing your muscles.
And remember that it's better to do something as opposed to nothing. Try getting 30 minutes in a day, ensuring three days a week you focus on strength training. You can also stagger the other days doing aerobic exercise and following through with a healthy, well-balanced diet.
So, what does your workout style say about you?
Source: Elite Daily