foreword by Katharine D. Myers
Why do so many people start exercise programs and fail to maintain them? In The 8 Colors of Fitness, Suzanne Brue applies principles of Jungian psychological type to address this question.
Suzanne is an expert practitioner in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment (MBTI) and has in-depth knowledge of the Jungian personality theory on which the Indicator is based. A chance conversation triggered her to wonder if a personality type influences people’s preferences for the kind of exercise they find satisfying.
Her findings, resulting from six years of focused exploration, form the basis of The 8 Colors of Fitness: Discover Your Color-Coded Fitness Personality and Create an Exercise Program You’ll Never Quit! The patterns she discovered demonstrate that the answer to her question is a resounding Yes!
The information provided will prove to be of valuable assistance to individuals, as well as personal trainers, physical therapists, and medical specialists, in designing programs that each person is most likely to maintain. Eight chapters describe the characteristics of each group, and a separate chapter addresses tips for professionals.
The 8 Colors of Fitness is well-written and user-friendly in organization. During workshops with the author prior to publishing, I found her excitement at what she was finding and its potential for leading individuals to exercise they would enjoy and maintain both energizing and engaging. She conveys that positive energy in her writing—it is contagious.
Her approach—grouping the sixteen types into eight groups—is thoughtful and appropriate to her findings. At first I was puzzled at the selection of a color for each grouping. Now I find it adds a useful and creative dimension in revealing the core quality of each group. Examples: ISTJ’s and ISFJ’s are True Blues (Tried and True); ESTP’s and ESFP’s are Roaring Reds (Now!); INTP’s and INFP’s are Seeking Saffrons (Making Workouts into Play). I delight in both being a Saffron and the affirmation that the criteria “Fun” is reason enough for my choices.
The history of the MBTI has been one of ongoing additions to its areas of application: careers, personal counseling, learning and teaching, team development, etc. Brue has pioneered a new dimension: exercise and the individual differences of type. I have found that this new perspective has enriched and deepened my understanding of each type in a fresh and rewarding way—this after 65 years of familiarity with Jungian personality type and the MBTI. Valuable learning!
Katharine D. Myers