Gym Rat personalities and becoming fit as an introvert

I generally dislike going to the gym. I know that I need to go there but it causes me quite a bit of frustration. Once my workout is done I feel good and I realize that it wasn’t all that bad, but until that point I suffer angst. According to the colors of fitness measurements I am a White Efficient, which explains so much. Exercise for me is not a social activity and I much prefer to be outdoors by myself on a nature trail or somewhere beautiful and scenic. I don’t like anyone in my personal space and I detest fitness classes. But, living in Minnesota and not enjoying winter sports means I have to gym it about 6 months out of the year at least.

Here is the description of a White Efficient:

the white canvas: Trailblazers on Familiar Paths

Whites are attracted to physical activity they can structure at their own pace. Exercise provides solitary time for reflection and visioning. Jarred by interruptions and chaos, Whites require orderly environments for exercise that provide necessary calm. Outdoor environments
and familiar paths and activities are appealing. Advanced planning makes it happen.

Motivation, Approach, and Focus
Whites approach exercise as they do everything else, with planning and structure—that is, after sufficient reflection time. Reflection, in fact, is the hallmark of their personality. They don’t jump into anything head first, including fitness. Whites need time to do the research, check out facilities, and imagine scenarios—all preliminary elements undertaken to create a comprehensive plan. Whites are habitually oriented and comfortable with the familiar; once they’ve made their plan to include regular physical activity in their routine, it becomes a cherished part of their life. It doesn’t slip out easily, but is challenged when their routine is disrupted by travel, moving to another city or other such changes.

Disciplined and independent, Whites are self-organized and attracted to physical exercise they can structure at their own pace. Much thought goes into each element of a White’s exercise program—and a program it is, complete with categories for cardio, strength, and flexibility—and even classifications such as social, light, moderate, and intense. As Intuitives, they readily see the mind/body/soul connection and will often include exercise that provides for that as a category. At times they may enjoy being accountable to a fitness trainer, as long as they’ve had a role in directing the activity.

While they might consult fitness literature or schedule some sessions with a trainer, they typically develop their own exercise program based on specific results they’ve established as important and achievable. Whites think ahead and loosely envision their weekly exercise program, mentally keeping tabs, identifying times in which each part will happen. Unlike other types who are energized by spontaneous activities, Whites don’t like to be swept up in someone else’s agenda. They tend to stick with their plan.

Physical activity provides a refreshing respite, giving them an opportunity to get away from it all—from work, the phone, people, requests, and family responsibilities. It’s a time to de-stress, thing about things and be with their internal visions.

Environment and Interpersonal Connections
Whites seek comfort and familiarity in their exercise environments. Placing high value on tranquil and calm environments, Whites are easily jarred by interruptions and chaos. Whites require orderly environments for exercise, which provide the necessary calm for them to relax and receive the mental benefits of exercise as well as the physical. At a large fitness center, they are likely to find an out of the way spot to exercise, or they might join a small gym off the beaten path. Whites don’t mean to be rude, but they go to a gym to work out.

Chit chat and noise are distracting, and cell phones are a special irritant. Characteristically, Whites prefer keeping a low profile at the gym. They are turned off by “see and be seen” fitness centers. They typically don’t like to bump into people from work or other parts of their lives at the gym.

White Efficients (INTJ)
White Efficients expect trainers to have a high level of proficiency and knowledge and will challenge them with tough questions.

White Harmonies (INFJ)
White Harmonies look for friendly and supportive personal trainers. They respond best to trainers who communicate their interest and caring, and at the same time are committed to helping them reach their goals.

Here is the link to the quiz:
Colors of fitness personality quiz

Locker Room Personalities

Over the years I’ve observed some distinct personalities in the gym locker room:

1. The Steamroller:

The steamroller has to workout and she has to work out now. No one is going to get in her way. She charges into the locker room and bumps and shoves anyone in her way. She slams doors and makes a lot of noise.

2. Mom belongs to the gym too

As in there is an assumption that mom will pick up after her. She leaves towels all over the floor, throws her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor instead of in the locker itself. Often she spills makeup on counters and leaves soap and lotion smeared on benches, and of course she leaves hair and sanitary products behind in the shower.

3. It’s all about me

There’s no one else at all in the locker room. She uses an entire bench and locker for all of her stuff. She spreads out all of her cosmetic items over an entire counter/sink area.

4. The space cadet

She stands and stares at the lockers. She moves slowly around the locker room, but doesn’t grab any of the free lockers. She is hoping her stuff will magically drift out of her arms and into a locker without her having to actually put forth any effort. Once changed into workout attire she sits on a bench and looks around but doesn’t seem to have a plan.

5. Look at me! Look at me!

The classic exhibitionist. She wanders around the locker room buck naked. She does her self breast exam in front of centrally placed mirror. She chooses a locker on the end by an aisle so that many can watch her meticulous private area drying routine.

6. Please don’t look at me

The opposite of Look at me! Look at me! She changes in a bathroom stall, then puts her stuff in a locker quietly and rushes out of the locker room, often no one ever knows she is there.

7. The avoider

She is hoping everyone assumes that she worked out since she is in the locker room. But, in fact she never makes it out of the locker room at all. She slowly changes into workout clothes but spends an extraordinary amount of time folding and re folding her clothes to be put back into her gym bag. She re organizes her purse, talks to mom on her cell phone, chats with everyone in the locker room, gives herself an up do in the mirror, plays with her headband, re-laces her shoes. 30 minutes later she does it all again as she changes into her “heading home” track suit.

Those are a few personalities I’ve encountered. Have I missed any?

Published by: lyrehs49

am in my early 50's and enjoy writing about all of the stuff that comes up when you are in your early 50's. I am somewhat disorganized with blogging, thus I have several blogs started, then forgotten about once those "thoughts" give away to other "thoughts." This musing of a blog seems to be the one I come back to the most, so here is where you will find me.

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