How is The 8 Colors different from all the other approaches to exercise?

The starting point is different. With the 8 Colors, you begin by understanding your fitness personality. With this understanding, you then choose the specific forms, interactions and environments that are most appropriate for you. Other exercise programs start with a fitness regimen and do not take into consideration the requirements of your unique personality.

How do the 8 Colors relate to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®?

The MBTI® system describes sixteen basic personality types. My research showed that exercise choices tend to be closely related to the perceiving processes—Sensing and Intuition—and that personality types sharing the same perceiving process could be paired together. I was thus able to design my program to comprise of 8 types, or Colors: one for each pair. I chose the Colors because they resonated with the physical energy of the pair. Refer to the “MBTI® Types and Color Personalities Summaries” page on this website to locate your MBTI® type and its corresponding Color.

The Color quiz results don’t describe me. What now?

The quiz is a tool to guide you, but it’s not foolproof. The environment in which you took the quiz, possible pressures to conform, and other variables can influence your responses. Try taking the quiz again at another time, under different circumstances. Also, check out other Color descriptions to see if another one fits you better. In the end, you are the one most qualified to determine which Color best fits your personality.

Could you explain the raw score and self-reported alignment number?

The quiz is composed of four personality dimensions that when combined determine your Color. The raw scores reflect how consistently you answered each set of dimensions. A score of 3 or higher indicates a clear preference for a particular dimension. A low score (1) indicates that your preference was ambiguous for that dimension.

The self-reported alignment number gives you opportunity to agree with the responses you provided on the quiz based on your exercise preferences. Thus it brings together the various personality dimensions and the subject of fitness. A high alignment score (5 or higher) means you can confidently embrace your exercise Color.

(Remember, we are all a mix of natural and learned behavior and use all aspects of our personality at one time or another. If you are unable to determine your Color from the quiz and the self-reported alignment score, you may wish to read the descriptions of each Color to determine your best fit.)

What is the Difference between Efficiency and Harmony?

Efficiency and Harmony are a sub-set of The 8 Colors and describe the two different preferences with regards to resources, ambience and relating to others. Aside from observing basic courtesies, Efficients are more objective and less personal. They can enjoy the benefit of exercising with others, but their approach tends to be pragmatic and task oriented. On the other hand, those with a preference for Harmony orient to people in the environment and are more affected by personal relationships. Harmonies tend to be more influenced by ambience and conditions conducive to a peaceful environment.

I think of exercise as boring. How will applying knowledge of my Color help me stick with a fitness?

You’re right—pure exercise is boring! The key is to couple exercise with the more natural and enjoyable aspects of your personality. When you approach physical activity in terms of your personality, you’ll be more successful, energized, and less bored. What are the “hooks” that will keep you motivated? Every Color has them.

For example, I am a Purple. I like to zone out while I exercise—let my mind wander. I can get a full workout while my mind is someplace else. In this way exercise is frequently a creative time for me. That’s why I prefer activities that are repetitive in nature and do not require my attention—like Spinning™ or swimming laps. Other Colors prefer to be engaged or to interact with others directly.

Identifying and then using your hooks will help you beat the boredom and find long-term success.

Do some Colors exercise more than others?

Not that I have found. Making exercise choices that are compatible with your personality influences your success- Color alone doesn’t. All Colors have roadblocks and roads to success.

Do I need to join a fitness center to get the full benefits of The 8 Colors approach?

No. You can get a great cardio workout by engaging in activities like walking, running, and biking, or sports like basketball, tennis and Ultimate Frisbee. Strength training can easily be done at home with a simple set of bands, a rack of dumbbells, and a bench or stability ball. You can practice Yoga in your own space or workout with some of the many fantastic DVDs now available. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who are in terrific shape without going to a gym.

That said, fitness centers offer many important elements. They can provide a reliable routine, variety, camaraderie, and motivation that many find essential. Plus they have options that can be difficult to find on your own, such as a variety of weight and cardio equipment, personal training, as well as group fitness classes. Always shop around before you join; there are clubs for every budget. Most offer guest passes so you can try before you buy.

Where did the idea for your book originate?

I’ve been studying and working with personality type theory for over twenty years, and am an avid exerciser. I was curious about what motivated me to work out almost daily while others were adverse to exercise in spite of their best intentions. I wondered if the personality piece was a key and wanted to understand it. I designed a questionnaire and began interviewing people of different personality types about their fitness preferences. The link between personality type and exercise patterns emerged. Six years and over a thousand interviews later, The 8 Colors of Fitness was published.

What do you do for exercise?

When I go to a gym, I rotate between an elliptical trainer, a treadmill, an upright bike, and a rowing machine. I also like swimming laps. Lately I’ve been Spinning™. I also enjoy practicing yoga, and in good weather I like walking or biking outside. I own a rack of dumbbells and a stability ball that enable me to strength train at home while watching the news on TV.