Have you ever gone to the gym, looked at the machines and thought to yourself, How do I use these? And which ones are right for me personally?
I know I have. Ive been an avid gym-goer since my early 20 s, and year later, I still have questions as to whether I’m working out in a way that reflects my goals, who I am and what I like.
The Internet inundates us with conflicting datum when it tells us how to optimize our workouts; are we supposed to do cardio first, followed by strength train? Or is it the other way around?
Most importantly, to keep working out as something I love versus something I dread, how can I work out in a way that wont bore me to demise? Is the workout Im doing now one thats perfect for my body, my fitness aims and who I am as a person?
Fortunately, I had the pleasure of speaking with John Rowley, a best-selling writer, certified personal trainer and ISSA director of wellness. He told me there are three all kinds of people in this world: the quitters, who go to the gym once or twice and then give up forever; the one-timers, who go in with one specific aim, such as losing 20 pounds or toning up; and the hobby-cultivators, who start going to the gym with one purpose in mind, but then end up loving it and inducing it a part of their habitual routine.
Of those three types of people, there are certain kinds of people who work out including with regard to styles unique to their personalities — and not just their gym personalities, but their personalities IRL.
Heres what Johnsaysyour go-to workout says about your personality.
If you stick simply to the treadmill, youre noncommittal.
To all of the cardio bunnies: If youre simply expending your gym day on the treadmill, you should consider trying other equipment. You might be sticking to this machine because it gives you that great “runner’s high, ” but long periods of cardio don’t do much besides burn calories.
It’sfine if you’re looking to lose weight, but to give your metabolism a boost and insure muscle definition, hop off the treadmill and onto the weight machines.
If you stick to weight machines, you enjoy your comfort zone.
Because machines tell us what to do and how to do it, many of us develop a sort of comfort from utilizing strictly them. When we use free weights, we’re more vulnerable andprone to looking foolish by practicing bad form in front of the rest of the gym-goers — which is enough to scare off the people who like to stick to what they know.
You are the kind of person who might just be afraid to branch out and try new routines on the mats, for example.
If you stick to free weights, youre more serious about getting results.
Free weights users, you are the seasoned pack of the bunch. You also go to the gym with the intent of getting stronger and progressing the more you exercise.
There is a psychology to wanting to grow in the gym with using free weights; after we use them, we can physically feel and track our progress because we are more likely to stand in front of a mirror and watch our form.
In life, you are probably unbelievably goal-oriented and will do whatever it takes as a means to an end.
If you stick to group workouts, youre focused on having a memorable gym experience.
Theres actually something to that whole SoulCycle trend…
Women arent merely concerned with getting in shape; theyre keen on viewing their cardio fad as its own experience they plan on taking with them outside the gym.
They want to kick butt, but also deem their group workout worthy enough to be a topic of dialogue at their next girls night out.
You’re the type of person to use your friends as motivation to reached the gym, and you might have a hard time generating incentive for solo workouts.
If you stick to solo workouts, you use the gym as an escape.
If youre not into sharing your exercising experience with someone else, youre most likely a lone wolf.
For you, the gym is like therapy: it’s a place for you to be yourself, without judgment and without having to compromise. Your priority is to get the best possible outcomes , not gab with your girlfriend on the elliptical next to you.
I personally look at the gym as my me time: hour I take out of my day whenIm not expected to talk to anyone or do anything for anyone. And theres nothing wrong with being a little selfish at the gym because it’s one of the few places where wecan do things at our own pace.
Regardless of your individual personality, John fosters everyone to make time for one thing.
That one thing is resistance training. He pointed out that people who are embarrassed to do it gravitate toward the “easier” machines, like the elliptical and stairclimber, and make a home out of them.
He is also an avid proponent of what he calls the “King TUT Method, ” which stands for Time Under Tension.
What he entails by this iswe should take 20 to 30 second rest periods between situateds of lifting because having that rest time is crucial to get the most out of your workout and maintaining your muscles from getting too tired before running them again. This route, you are stimulating metabolism while also pushing the muscles.
In the end, its always better to do something over nothing — so if you can squeeze in 30 minutes per day, three days a week doing strength educate, you’ll still be able to see results.
An added bonus is staggering the other days doing aerobic workout and eating right, because abs are produce in the kitchen , not the gym.
Also, if you’re very interested in more of what John has to say, you can order his books, “The Power Of Positive Fitness” and “Climb Your Ladder Of Success Without Operating Out of Gas, ” here.