New Invictus Coach, Jean Thorson with Cheryl Brost at the CrossFit Games.

What’s your Fitness Color?
Written by Jean Thorson

Have you ever noticed the different personalities within a group class?

What is it about CrossFit that draws so many different personalities to coincide once they are inside the gym? The other day while coaching a class, this thought came to my head. I was amazed by how different two athletes personalities were but while working out you would have guessed they were the same. What makes CrossFit so unique that an introvert and extrovert, a Type A and a Type B, a high-strung CFO and a kicked back writer can have the same draw to CrossFit?

After class I Googled “Personalities and fitness”, and came across an article on how your personality can help determine your fitness type. The article referenced a book by author Suzanne Brue, MS, The 8 Colors of Fitness.

Brue is the first to create a system based on the principles of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. Brue took the MBTIs — Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E), Intuition (N) or Sensing (S), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) — and reworked them into an easily maneuverable color-coded fitness personality model.

Which Color are You?

The Study: The 8 Colors of Fitness

The Test: The 8 Colors Quiz

The Cliff Notes of The 8 Colors Fitness:
To help you get to know your fitness type, the general outline of each of the eight fitness colors are listed below.
– Blues are safety-conscious and good at creating their own space and concentrating in a gym. Tend to prefer rowing, running, walking, yoga, interval training.
– Golds are traditional, conservative, and like to share their exercise experiences and results with others. Tend to prefer swimming, pilates, yoga, tennis, 1 on 1 personal training.
– Greens are nature lovers who enjoy outdoor activities. Tend to prefer anything outdoors.
– Reds like to live in the moment and compete in team sports. Tend to prefer competitive sports like hockey, soccer, basketball and volleyball.
– Whites prefer to plan, hate to be rushed and are visionary types who enjoy calm spaces. Tend to prefer yoga, running, strength training alone and cardio.
– Saffrons like to express themselves as individuals and are attracted to spontaneous, engaging activities. Tend to prefer group cycling, group class fitness with music.
– Purples are routine-oriented and enjoy repetition. Tend to prefer swimming, cardio, strength training, running and cycling.
– Silvers like exercise to be disguised as fun. Tend to prefer group fitness that isn’t competitive – Zumba, bicycling, jogging, Tai Chi and yoga.

The article goes on to discuss how this test will help you choose the right sport fitness for your personality. After reviewing the descriptions, the one thing I noted was how CrossFit could be an option for 7 of the 8 colors. (Although, if your CF gym is located outside, the color Green could come into play and make it 8 out of 8.) Constantly varied, functional fitness that can be programmed for an individual or a team is fitting for most. Add to this a coach who oversees the high-intensity workouts, some great music and a whiteboard to record your success and you have a sport that attracts all types of personalities. It’s all on how you view the sport and what you want to get out of it.

So the next time someone makes the comment that they need to find a new fitness activity, have them check out CrossFit. There is a good chance that it just might be the perfect activity for them! We have multiple online programs for all levels of fitness.

Whether you’re a trained athlete or if you’re looking to switch up your routine, take a look at our online training.


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