Your workout personality, decoded. (Photo: Chris Sturman)
By SELF Staffers
You own everything from sneakers to toe socks and hand wraps to a heart rate monitor. You’re ready for any workout, any time. But that doesn’t mean you don’t feel a strong connection to one particular type of sweat session. It’s theone class you’d never skip—no matter what. And just maybe, that exercise habit is a bit more revealing than you think. Read on to learn more about what your workout preference says about you.
You love…Yoga: You’re the peacemaker, and balance is your middle name. Plus, you’re just as flexible in the studio as you are in life. You crave classes that deliver strength through calmness—not chaotic intensity. Workouts that incorporate a strong mind-body element, such as yoga and Pilates, create the Zen you’re seeking.
You love….Cardio Dance: You want exercise to be all about having fun, while also working up a serious sweat, too. (Admit it, you’re the life of the party, always.) You like life to feel like a massive dance off—one that also majorly tones your butt.
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You love…Barre: Your meticulous, detail-oriented nature fits perfectly with form-focused barre classes at studios like barre3, Physique 57, The Bar Method and Pure Barre. The repetitive, small movements are like therapy for your muscles, and the shaking you feel while doing the movements is exactly how you know it’s working. After a few reps it starts to burn, but you kind of like it.
You love…Boxing: Hello, trendsetter! You’re confident, enjoy mastering an art form (yes, boxing is an art!) and never back down from a challenge—whether it’s at the gym or at work. You train, love and work intensely, so channel that drive and dedication to classes with a strong martial arts element.
You love…CrossFit: You’re all about training for the unknown, and you probably speak WOD fluently. Fran is your frenemy and you’ll never do single jump ropes again. (Why jump once when you can do it twice?) You thrive—in and out of the gym—when pushed beyond your comfort zone. It’s a challenge that brings out the best in you, just like CrossFit does.
You love…Indoor Cycling: There’s no coasting in life—or in your cycling class. Whether you yearn for the inner and outer transformative SoulCycle, are motivated by beating the competition at Flywheel or just love any of the other hundreds of boutique indoor cycling studios, your mantra is summed up best with: Why settle for sneakers when you can wear clip-ins?
You love…Racing: You love the chase. Whether it’s pounding the pavementfor a marathon, tackling a swim-bike-run or jumping over fire at a obstacle course or going after a promotion at work. You feel at home when exercising outdoors, and when you set a goal you don’t just hit it, you set a PR. Plus, the training feels almost as satisfying as crossing the finish line…right?
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