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 miles?
Yeah, you’re probably an extrovert.
Extroverts, by definition, get energized by being around other people. A solo gym sesh might feel womp, womp while a CrossFit WOD with teammates will get you ~*amped*~.
These seven workouts will satisfy your need to toss out high-fives 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 individualized 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 Kristen Dieffenback, Ph.D., 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.’”