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I am an author, teacher and wellness expert exploring the intersection of fitness, personality and behavior change.

I began my career in Burlington, Vermont, where I held faculty and counseling positions at Trinity College and University of Vermont. For decades I helped guide students through the essential, challenging process of self-discovery. As part of this work, I began to research “personality-type systems,” which offered an accessible framework for better understanding human behavior.

In my mid 30s, I made a self-discovery of my own: I couldn’t swim a single lap across a pool. In that ah-ha! moment, I decided to commit to an active lifestyle, and swimming laps became part of my routine. I naturally embraced fitness, and this made me curious why others struggled to maintain momentum. I decided to look at fitness through the lens of personality type, and quickly I noticed that we’re far more likely to succeed with exercise when the activity and environment match our own innate tendencies.

From here I embarked on a research project that resulted in a revolutionary fitness personality system inspired by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator*. Based on six years of research with fit and physically active people of all types, my groundbreaking book, The 8 Colors of Fitness: Discover Your Color-Coded Fitness Personality and Create an Exercise Program You’ll Never Quit (Oakledge, 2008) http://amzn.to/1JAgdPm offers practical, down-to-earth advice for every fitness personality – from those new to fitness to no-nonsense gym rats and competitive athletes.

I followed this with The 8 Colors of Fitness: Your Workbook, (Oakledge 2015) http://amzn.to/1JwWSPe., an interactive workbook to help health coaches and personal trainers create foolproof fitness plans with their clients.

My system has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world to find physical activities that are ideal for their unique personality. One-size-fits-all fitness is a thing of the past.

Suzanne is a frequent speaker at psychological and fitness conferences, and her work has been featured in publications like Arthritis Today, Experience Life, Natural Health Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and many websites. She recently developed a statewide physical activity program for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Suzanne served as president of The Association for Psychological Type International www.aptinternational.org, as president of the Vermont Association of Psychological Type www.vermontapt.org, and was a member of The Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.

 Suzanne, a Purple Harmony, enjoys a variety of activities, including swimming, biking, yoga and strength training. She and her Silver Efficient husband live in Delray Beach, Florida and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

 *As explained by The Myers & Briggs Foundation: “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”