Health and Fitness: Categorize your workout style

I can’t stand a boring workout. Difficult? Fine. Painful? I can take it. But when I’m pounding habitual footsteps on the dreadmill — I mean treadmill — I just can’t go on.

While I prefer something swift and challenging, others might enjoy more slow-paced exercise, or perhaps something to get the adrenaline pumping. Whatever your fitness fancy, there’s an exercise for you.

The Adventure Seeker

Characteristics: They enjoy exercise diversity— not being chained to a one-dimensional training regimen. These people often seek out new and inventive activities during their free time. They enjoy spontaneous trips and dread a daily routine. Adventure seekers would opt to dine at an exotic international restaurant over a classic American diner.

The workout: Anything outdoors: mountain biking, rock climbing, paint balling, surfing, kayaking. All of these are great forms of exercise and provide ongoing excitement for the exerciser.

Apply it: Doylestown Rock Gym Adventure Center can help you get started in climbing. It offers an all-day adult pass for just $12, plus equipment fees.

Doylestown Rock Gym Adventure Center Inc.
3853 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, Pa. 18902

The Schedule Freak

Characteristics: This group is easy to find. Chances are they’ll be in the same place at the same time every week. Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing wrong with belonging to this group. The schedule freak knows what he or she likes and how to go about daily life. These people may be seen clinging to a BlackBerry or spiraling into a breakdown upon the loss of an appointment calendar.

The workout: Although routines might fly in daily life, no such thing will deliver results in exercise. It’s always important to challenge your body in new ways, but if you want a definite workout time set, that’s easy to arrange.

Apply it: Schedule a set 30-minute block of time for exercise five days a week. If you’re unsure of how to work out, try a group exercise class at the SRC. The class calendar can be found on the Rider website (

The I-Don’t-Want-To-Feel-Pain Exerciser

Characteristics: I-Don’t-Want-To-Feel-Pain exerciser (IDWTFPE for short) despises the feeling of, well, exercise. The post-workout endorphins may be great, but the effort it takes to get there deters them from setting foot in a gym, much less on a treadmill. IDWTFPEs hate blood, sweat and tears.

The workout: Leisurely swimming burns a lot of calories and provides an excellent cardiovascular workout without the sweat. Often times, jumping in the pool with your pals and having chicken fights will give you a workout without even realizing it.

Apply it: The Coppola Pool is located in the Maurer Gym, just behind Poyda Hall and next to the West Village apartments. Open swim is available to students Monday, Wednesday and Friday from
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.,
and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s also open Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Whatever your preferred exercise routine, use all available resources. Where a gym membership usually costs around $40/month, the SRC only requires a card swipe. And, of course, be creative. Think outside of the conventional workout box to stay entertained and challenged in your fitness endeavors.

– Amanda Sandlin

Senior journalism major

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