Which workout plan are you?

Young woman practicing rock-climbing on a rock wall indoors

Starting a workout plan is kind of a big deal. It takes effort, you have to move around your schedule, and it can feel like it’s intruding on your life. So it’s important to pick one that feels like an extension of your unique style rather than somebody yelling at you what to do (unless that’s your thing, in which case #youdoyou.)

  • If you’ve always had a huge squad…Speaking of your squad, if you’re used to rolling at least 10 friends deep at all times, that might say something about your workout personality. Intramural sports are still a thing, so check out friends’ Facebooks and Instagrams to see where they’re playing soccer or flag football this weekend. The best part? Most social leagues finish each game with happy hour at a nearby bar.
  • If you’d rather sweat in solace…Not everyone is a team player. Maybe you just want everyone to leave you alone while you exercise—sweating isn’t really your best If that’s the case, then you should try a more solitary sport, like yoga, swimming, or running. The best thing about these activities is that they can be quickly converted into a team sport if you decide you want to round up a few friends and bring them along for the ride.
  • If you want to drop some LB’s…Maybe it really doesn’t matter to you if you’re alone or with friends when you work out. It could be that your only concern is whether or not your next #OOTD selfie is on fleek. If you fall into this camp, try taking a spin class. The low-impact workout torches tons of calories in just 45 or 60 minutes, and you can go it alone or bring your entire squad along. Zumba is another good option if you have at least a decent amount of rhythm.
  • If you want to get buff…Spinning and Zumba will help you burn calories, but they won’t necessarily build muscle. That’s where more intense anaerobic exercise comes in, like the high-intensity workouts in CrossFit. CrossFit brings circuit training into the 21st century using a new type of “functional fitness,” which homes in on moves we actually do in everyday life—e.g., lifting and squatting. So if rolling a tire around a warehouse-style gym sounds fun to you, try CrossFit to give your biceps a boost.
  • If you crave an adrenaline rush…If you go to the gym and think, “What’s the point in working out if I can’t get a good tweet out of it?” then you try a more exciting exercise. Think skiing and snowboarding in the winter, mountain biking and hiking in the summer, and team sports any time throughout the year. It’s only fair to let your followers know what you’re up to at all times, including your hour of exercise.
  • January 4th, 2016
  • Posted in: AVA