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Finding the Best Workouts for Your Personality Type

best workoutsHello there! Quick question! How many times did you skip your workout this week? Twice? Thrice? We have all been there – paying for an annual gym membership and visiting the gym once in a blue moon. Most people think fitness is a one-fit for all. If you are someone who thinks the same, keep reading!

The best way to make the most of your workout routine is to identify the workout that matches your personality type.  Let’s take a look at various personality types and the workout that suits each of them.

The Control Freak

Control freaks are very precise, calculative, organized and punctual. They are looking for a perfect workout session where they can sweat it out. The best types of workouts that will suit this personality type are full body intense workouts. Barre workout which is a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet is one good example. This workout is very specific and tough. It delivers a very precise and controlled exercise experience. If you are a control freak, try your hand at Barre and feel the grace of Ballet along with the intensity of Pilates.  

The Lazy Bug

A lot of us fall into this category. We snooze the alarm at least three times before we finally get out of bed. If you are someone who can relate to this, work out with a friend who is a fitness freak. You can even try your hand at group workout activities. There are many exciting group workouts like Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio kickboxing, and Group cycling which are very engaging.

Go for fun workout sessions and boot camps which have a high-energy atmosphere and great music. If none of this seems to work, choose a personal trainer or Pilates teacher who will never let you skip a workout.  Having the encouragement of a motivational instructor can also help you do better.

The Competitor

Some people just love competition. They live for challenges and thrive for competitive workout regimes. Winning and achieving the goal matters the most to them. Crossfit is the ultimate workout for those who are looking for a challenge. It is extremely tough and pushes your limits. The excessive number of repetitions in the limited amount of time is not an easy thing to do. Crossfit also has a big workout community where you can share your results and set higher goals for the next workout regime.

High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is also an excellent choice for people who are looking to challenge themselves with some tough workouts.  Both the competitor and the control freak will enjoy High-Intensity Interval Training workouts.

The Adventure Lover

Adventure lovers are always looking for something new and get easily bored with stale workout routines. They want flexibility and are always looking for a room to experiment with new things. Workout routines which involve a lot of variety and creativity are the best choice for them.  A 5-minute intense workout on different machines is good to start with. Power Yoga is another workout which involves a lot of poses in different degrees which are challenging at the same time very interesting. Zumba dance and  Aerobics are also for adventure lovers who are looking for something exciting and fun.  But even more than indoor workouts, the adventure lover is going to want to be outdoors. Activities like running, biking, hiking,  or obstacle racing and triathlon training can provide both a change of scenery for your workouts, and the variety needed to stay engaged.

The Night Owl

The most common reason people skip a workout is that they have to wake up early. Good news to all of you night owls out there! There is no hard and fast rule that you should work out only in the mornings. If you are someone who finds it easy to stay up late but don’t like waking up early here’s a tip: workout when you want to!  Find a time that fits your schedule.  Lots of health clubs are open 24 hours these days, and even with minimal equipment, there is lots you can do at-home in your living room for cardio, strength training, HIIT, and even Pilates Matwork, and Yoga.

Regardless of your personality type, what’s important is that you find fitness activities that you enjoy and want to incorporate into your weekly workout routine. Whether you’re at the gym, a Crossfit box, Pilates or Yoga studio, Barre or Boxing club, at-home in your living room, or enjoying the great outdoors, finding the best workouts for your personality type can help you stick with your fitness plan.

In fact, night workouts have a lot of benefits. To begin with, you don’t have to fight the crowd, and you may have the gym all to yourself. This leaves you with many options to exercise. You can let out all the frustration from a tough day and have calmer mornings. Night workouts are the best way to de-stress. All the sweat you break can help you sleep better at nights as well.

The Early Riser

The lucky lot are here! People who find it easy to beat the alarm, have a lot of time for everything. Nothing can beat a dawn-breaking sweat session. Since you are up early, you have ample time to complete your workout. You can schedule your week with specific routines for each day. Monday can be abs, Tuesday for arms and so on. Getting a personal trainer can make your workout session all the more effective.

There are many personality tests online which you can take to identify your type and begin with the workout routine that will suit you.  To all the lazy bugs out there, the most important thing to remember while working out is to keep it consistent. If you are a control freak make sure you give your body the appropriate rest. Stay fit! Stay happy!


Guest post for Centerworks® by Edgar James.

Edgar James is a prolific fitness writer and editor for Garagegymplanner.com. He writes in-depth fitness equipment reviews for home gym owners and motivates others with his personal experiences. A true naturalist and outdoors-man, Edgar loves hiking through forests and reconnecting with nature.

Posted by administrator in Exercise and Fitness, Guest Bloggers.

3 Pilates Fitness Tips To Stay Healthy, Fit & Injury-Free While Mowing the Lawn

Practicing Pilates-Style Movements Can Lead To Better Health & Fitness When Mowing the Lawn
By Tonya Bronleewe

mowerAfter reading Aliesa’s blog about using Pilates to strengthen your body for this summer’s gardening, I was inspired to think about Pilates while I mowed the lawn.

As a Centerworks Pilates student for the last 5 years, I have Aliesa’s tips, techniques, mantras and cues running through my head most of the time.  I hear her when I’m working out, running, walking, standing or sitting at my desk.  Her voice in my head says things like “Low belly pulled in and up,” “Pull your shoulders away from your ears,” “What’s your clam doing?” “Zip up your inner thighs.”  I love that I get my money’s worth out of every training session because I take her wise words about how to move my body in efficient and effective ways with me, out the door and into my real life.

This Brings Me To Today’s Pilates Tips and Musings on Mowing.

I like to mow the lawn because I count that as my workout for the day because it takes me about an hour and I’m moving and working up a sweat the whole time. (We’ve got a big yard, thick grass and a number of hills.)

As I mowed the lawn this past week I thought more deeply about HOW I was moving, what muscles I was engaging and what bad movement habits I might be reinforcing as I cut the grass.  My inner-Aliesa-voice led me to a few new healthy movement moments of effective muscle action for wellness success.

Check out these 3 Pilates Tips To Stay Healthy, Fit, and Injury-Free While Mowing the Lawn: 

Posted by tonyab in Guest Bloggers, Pilates.

Important Information about Common Foot Problems from America’s Podiatrist Dr. Michael Nirenberg

Thanks to guest author America’s PodiatristSM,  Dr. Michael Nirenberg for these great insights into some common foot pain problems.  I hope that you have healthy and happy feet, but if any of the foot problems below are an issue for you – please listen to your feet and seek medical attention if necessary.  Treatment and prevention is a whole lot better than living with pain!

I hope you enjoy reading this helpful foot-care info!

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Guest Bloggers.

Osteoporosis and Exercise – Activities, Guidelines, Research, and Insights from Physical Therapist and Polestar Pilates Educator Sherri Betz

Healthy Bones - Osteoporosis and ExerciseMany thanks to guest author Sherri Betz of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinic in Santa Cruz, CA for letting me share this great information for Osteoporosis and exercise on my Centerworks.com/blog.   Sherri  recently published this article in her newsletter, and then added extra insights once the questions started flooding in!

I encourage you to keep reading below and pass this very important  information along to your fellow Pilates teachers and friends to better understand what types of exercise are most beneficial for increasing bone density and avoiding the risk and health challenges of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia do not have to be debilitating, and can be reversed!  But it takes the right types of exercise and activities to facilitate bone growth.  Thanks Sherri for sharing your expertise!

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Guest Bloggers, Health, Osteoporosis, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.