These Are The Best Workouts If You’re An Extrovert
When you go for a run with your friend, does it drive you crazy if they’d rather toss in headphones than chat through the kilometres? Yeah, you’re probably an extrovert. Extroverts, by definition, get energised by being around other people. A solo gym sesh might feel womp, womp while CrossFit WOD with teammates will get you amped.
These seven workouts will satisfy your need to toss out high-five’s and coordinate post-gym drinks plans while you sweat.
Of course, you’ll find extroverts dropping it like it’s hot in the front row at Zumba or other dance-based fitness classes. “They just gravitate towards that high-energy, whether they’re well-seasoned in their dance moves or not,” says Jessica Matthews, a certified trainer and senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Small Group Training
If you’re zeroing in on a specific fitness goal, a big group setting might not be ideal – even if you love the idea of working out with others. “That’s when extroverts might gravitate towards things like small group training,” says Matthews. “You still get that camaraderie of a group fitness class but you can also get more individualised attention.” It’s the best of both worlds!
Bootcamp or HIIT Classes
High-energy and high-intensity fitness classes are where extroverts thrive — think workouts like Les Mills’ BodyPump, Barry’s Bootcamp, and U-Jam Fitness. “These classes are all about people coming together, pushing each other,” says Matthews. “It’s the opportunity to just be with people, to get that social element, plus get a great workout.
If you’ve ever met a CrossFitter, you don’t need us to tell you the majority are majorly outgoing. “The entire premise of the workout is that you’re weightlifting, but you’re doing so in a semi-competitive setting – you’re cheering each on and constantly pushing each other,” says Dr. Kristen Dieffenback, a certified mental performance consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. CrossFitters pride themselves on their sense of community. “There’s this constant element of ‘we’ve got your back.’”
Partner-based activities inherently appeal to extroverts, since you literally can’t do them on your own. “The whole acro community, those people really enjoy being with other people,” says Matthews. Other acrobatic endeavours — like aerial yoga — can also appeal to more outgoing exercisers. “They don’t mind letting their inner star shine, being the centre of attention a bit,” she adds.
Duh, right? Those after-work rec leagues are a major draw for extroverts. ‘“It’s the social element: being a part of a team, coming together to do a workout they love,” says Matthews. Think kickball, softball, volleyball, etc. “And extroverts love to be the team captains, rallying the troops,” she says.
While running itself can be a solitary sport, the popularity of run clubs is a testament to how many people want company while they log those kilometres. “There’s a culture around athletic clubs,” says Dieffenbach. “It’s a shared experience. And if you’re not there, people are going to miss you. That’s something that really appeals to more social people.”
Working out is hardly confined to the gym, and extroverts are the first to answer the call for a fitness meet-up, like Bootcamp in the park or yoga on the beach. “The extrovert is always looking for the social aspect, but also the adventure side of things,” says Matthews. “They’re not afraid to try a new workout with new people, like hiking a new trail with a bunch of strangers. They’re not afraid to step out of their comfort zone by any means.”
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com