Friday, April 24, 2009

What’s Your Fitness Personality?

Ever take a Myers-Briggs test? You know the one that tells you if you’re extroverted (E) or introverted (I), sensing (S) or intuitive (I), thinking (T) or feeling (F), perceiving (P) or judging (J).

In the latest edition of “Arthritis Today,” there’s an article about how your personality type can help you develop the correct fitness program for you. Suzanne Brue, author of the book “The 8 Colors of Fitness,” developed a mini Myers-Briggs quiz and, based on your results, a color chart to correlate between personality type and fitness preference. I took the quiz and my personality type is ISTJ (no surprises there) and my color is blue. More specifically, ISTJ makes me a Blue Efficient.

My review? I think Suzanne Brue is on to something. She certainly has my workout personality nailed:

“Blues are guided by clear fitness goals and objectives…(They) prefer keeping their exercise plans plain, simple, and easy to execute so they can achieve their goals. Keeping commitments to themselves ranks high with Blues.

“Blues are highly sensitized and aware of their bodies…Because they are exercising for a purpose, it doesn’t make sense to spend time experimenting on new routines…Blues are not interested in the latest weight program being touted or in getting their exercise in ‘fun’ new ways. Blues focus on the purpose of exercise. They will have their fun some other time…Blues are motivated by keeping track of their workouts. Record-keeping allows Blues to refer to their progress in the orderly manner…Blues seek calm and familiar environments that allow them to focus on the task at hand. They find commotion and interruptions disturbing and prefer keeping their gym interactions to a minimum.

“Blue Efficients have a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to personal training sessions. They want to get down to business right away and have little interest in chit chat that does not relate to the job at hand.”

I’m curious what fitness color my blog readers are. I doubt you’re all Blues, so take the quiz and let me know! Let’s see if we have a rainbow of fitness here on Lynn’s Weigh.

In keeping with my no-nonsense, no-fun *giggle* approach to fitness, how do you suppose I make a dreaded exercise more pleasant? I make it harder!

Yes, call me a fascist, but this particular ab/core move I do that makes me crabbier than any other is now even harder for me to execute, thanks to a 5-pound weighted ball. And when THAT move makes me crazier still, I’ll move up to an 8-pound ball! Take that belly flab!

The exercise I’m talking about is simply a sit-up/crunch-type move that involves my workout bench lowered to a 45-degree angle. I do 3 sets of 20 reps holding the ball across my chest.
My lower abs whined, as did my latissimus dorsi muscles, for a few days, but they’re happy (and stronger) now. While I won’t ever be sporting a bikini, hopefully a few more months of these sit ups and my lower abs won’t need to be covered up with a “flowing” bathing suit top, know what I mean?

I’m pretty no-nonsense and dull when it comes to workout clothes, too. However, I have one t-shirt (a gift from my friend Kristin) that I only wear at home:

It’s a nasty little acronym, I know, but when I wear that shirt, I feel super strong, super energetic and (dare I say?) kinda sexy.

Hey, anything that gets us through a tough workout, right?

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As promised, I randomly drew (and notified) a winner of Charlie Hill’s book “Why Your Last Diet Failed You (And How This Book Won’t Help You On Your Next One).” (Congrats Shelley!) Thank you everyone for your comments and for reading my blog. A special welcome to new readers!

If you didn’t hear from me, you can still buy Charlie’s book on Amazon or visit his blog, Back to the Fridge, for more dieting/life humor and wisdom.

Catch Charlie today on the last leg of his virtual book tour. He’s posted a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, Cranky Fitness.

19 comments:

Natalia said...

those are some bangin' arms. good work.

Anonymous said...

can you post what your workout schedule is like (along with specific exercises) for any particular week? including cardio & weight training?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Lynn, I love your workout bench? What kind is it and where did you get it?

Lyn said...

Saffron Harmony here. Interesting test!

Shelley said...

Yay - I'm so happy to win Charlie's book!!! Thank you!!!

And dayum woman, I would kill for your arms! Between you and Samantha Harris (lol) I have some serious arm envy!

LOVE that t-shirt!

Off to take that fitness personality test...

Andrea said...

Purple Harmony and ENFJ! How funny that this really did seem to peg my tendencies. I should wear purple to the gym tomorrow morning.

Vickie said...

I enjoyed the quiz and all the links - thanks for taking the time to put this together.

Blue Efficients (ISTJ) - me too!

So now (of course) I am wondering how many maintainers fit into this same group.

Karen said...

Great post! I don't even need to take the test, I too am an ISTJ (took that test awhile back in high school or college), and the "Blue" description fits me perfectly!

PS. Love the shirt! Work it!

Pubsgal said...

White harmony here. This seemed pretty right-on to me. I think I was an INTJ when last assessed (nearly 10 years ago), but I would probably assess as an INFJ now.

I spent a lot of time thinking and researching before incorporating new things into my fitness routine. It's true that I am turned off by "see and be seen" gyms, although the one I joined would fall into that category. (It's right next door to work and the price was right. I can also see why I'm drawn to the classes I take regularly: the instructors are very personable and caring, yet also high energy.)

That shirt made me grin! :-D Go, Lynn!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! My quiz results were:

ISTJ makes me a Blue Efficient

Just like you were.

I last took the Meyers Briggs test about 2 or 3 years ago and was a ISFJ. So this wasn't a big surprise.

Very neat idea to look at how our personalities and exercise personalities intertwine.

Nancy in CA

Lori said...

I'm a green
"Greens are highly attuned to and observant of the physical world around them. Their profound attention to detail and their outstanding orienting skills influence all aspects of what they do and when they do it. Minimalists at heart, their demeanor is understated, quiet, and unobtrusive. In groups, Greens tend toward the background, preferring others to take the lead in social interactions."

Funny, because this is also me:
"Greens have a significant preference for training by themselves. Training alone minimizes the need for coordination and advance planning with other people, allowing them to catch the moment as it arises, without checking with anyone else. It speaks to the casual and flexible world that Greens prefer. They will likely prefer to arrive at the gym dressed for their workout, avoiding wasted time or interactions in the locker-room."

And I challenge you to wear that shirt outside at least once LOL!

sophiedesertdog said...

I turned out to be a Blue Harmonies (ISFJ). Very interesting stuff!

Carla said...

I'm Purple Efficients. Wow, it's accurate, isn't it! Sounds just like me.

debbyweighsin said...

Ha! I'm a Blue Efficient! I knew I liked you--LOL! Interesting all the different types that showed up just in your comments.

Dingwoman said...

So interesting Lynn! Thanks for finding and then sharing.

Sara

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

We ARE a colorful bunch, aren't we? Glad you liked the quiz. I love quizzes. I buy Cosmo just for the quizzes, much to my husband's chagrin :)

As for the shirt, it struck me funny that I won't wear it in public, but I'll post a photo of me in it for the whole freaking world to see! LOL

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

I forgot to answer your question, Anonymous, about my bench. I got it at WalMart of all places and cheap. About $50. It has served me well these last two years.

And the other question from (another?) Anonymous about my workout schedule, I just get 120-180 minutes of cardio a week through equipment like the arc trainer and elliptical, walking and biking. I get another 3 hours in with strength training which includes about 80-90 minutes a week on my core. I just get my routines from books. A good book on strength training and some hand weights or bands are really all I recommend.

Artcile Content said...

Hmmmp, am so tired with my work i want to be relax.. like going to gym in order i can able to stretch my muscles....

yam said...

I'm a saffron. Interesting.
Oh yeah, I like your shirt. Yes, it's nasty but I'd want to own one. Just because. :D