Workouts for Every Personality
This article was written by Shannon Sinwell
One bright side of the pandemic: thousands, and I mean thousands, of new home workout ideas. However, finding one that fits your personality? Those aren't as easy to come by. Until Now.
Whether you suffer from a short attention span or you literally cannot fathom working out without peeling your eyes from Netflix, we've compiled a variety of workouts suited to your unique personality type below.
The Short Attention Span
If you find yourself getting bored during your typical workout, try EMOM! EMOM stands for “every minute on the minute.” They’re great for people who are on a time crunch and want to try a variety of moves.
In a typical EMOM workout, every minute comes with a specific exercise. You set a timer, perform the exercise, and then rest for the remainder of each minute.
Below is a basic bodyweight EMOM:
- Movement/Minute 1: 40 seconds jump rope
- Movement/Minute 2: 20 air squats
- Movement/Minute 3: 30-45 second plank, depending on your strength
[Repeat 5 times = 15 minutes]
As always, you can up the difficulty of any movement by including tools like medicine balls, hip bands, or loop bands.
The Cardio Hater
Does the sight of a treadmill leave you with absolute dread? If you’re not a fan of cardio, try out pilates - it’s low impact but still incredibly challenging! It’s guaranteed to still get your muscles burning, just with less of the huffing and puffing.
Pilates uses controlled movements to target your core, improve your flexibility, and build stronger muscles.
Here’s an example pilates workout with a core-focus. Perform each move for 30 seconds - 1 minute depending on your strength level, and repeat 4-5 times!
- The Hundred: Lay on your back with your legs at a 90 degree angle and your head, neck, and shoulders off the mat. Pump your arms up and down.
- Bicycle Crunches
- Scissor Kicks
- Plank with Leg Lift: Take a regular plank position, but slowly lift one leg at a time.
- Slow Mountain Climbers: Just like regular mountain climbers, but slower - take your time and focus on tightening your core.
The Music Lover
If you love music, why not incorporate it into your fitness routine via a dance workout?
You can throw on a playlist and groove while improvising your own moves, or you can put on a guided video. There are plenty of dance workout videos out there, especially since the rise of Tik Tok and the hundreds of dance challenges that have popped up on the app.
One song I’ve been loving lately is Do It by Chloe x Halle. MadFit made an amazing dance along to it - check it out here!
The Calm and Collected
Not a fan of high-intensity, go-go-go workouts? Try out yoga. What I love about yoga is there are way, way more types of yoga than you think - read up on them here! There’s truly something for everyone, from those with zero flexibility (me) to those who want to try out crazy difficult poses and inversions.
The TV Fanatic
Have you been watching a ton of TV lately, like me? Spice things up with a TV show workout challenge. There are no rules; you can set any and every parameter you want.
For example, I’ve been watching a ton of Love Island USA lately, so I made up this challenge for myself:
- Every time there’s a commercial break = 20 sit ups
- Every time someone says “I got a text” = 20 calf raises
- Every time someone asks “Can I pull you for a chat?” = 10 burpees
- Every time there is a recoupling = 20 air squats
- Every time someone mentions Casa Amor = 45 second plank
You can customize this template to any TV show of your choosing. Every little thing adds up in the long run!
So, which one are you? Share your workout personality on social and tag #DailySweetSweat for a chance to be featured!