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gold: just the facts


Traditional and conservative in their approach to exercise, Golds avoid trendy fitness fads. With a comfort and reverence for tradition, Golds seek a balanced life, aiming not to over-do. Golds prefer structure and routine, valuing experience, safety, proven methods and information from experts. They’re proud of what they do, and results are what they’re after.

Motivation, Approach, and Focus

Their approach and choices are typically rooted in information from medical or fitness professionals, the media, or advice from trusted friends or people they admire. Golds consult authoritative resources for information, gravitating toward exercise based on proven methods, tested and trusted. After all, results are what they’re after. To achieve their goals, Golds prefer keeping their exercise plans plain, simple, and easy to execute.

Golds typically decide in advance what they are going to do, and how they are going to measure a workout—perhaps based on time or distance. With their commonsense approach, Golds are careful not to over-do, stopping if they experience pain or discomfort. Safety is a priority and no aspect of the exercise’s benefit will get their attention unless they’re content that the safety aspect has been covered.

Golds are highly sensitized to their bodies. Correct form and proper technique are essential for results and to avoid injury. When learning something new, Golds prefer the step-by- step approach. For instance, in learning a free weight routine, Golds prefer to learn the proper technique for developing one muscle group to their satisfaction before going on to the next. Once a technique is locked into their memory, they are ready to move on to the next, but not until then.

Environment and Personal Connections

Golds are comfortable with predictable environments where they know what to expect and what’s expected. Golds carefully take note of the environment and appreciate a fitness center that is bright, clean, organized and safe. They like a place for everything and everything in its place. Disarray can distract them from exercise. Too many things to pay attention to creates discomfort.

Friendly and outgoing, Golds are curious about how others do things. They easily connect with people and enjoy interacting with others at the gym, as long as the interaction is compatible with getting the job of exercise done. Proud of what they do, many enjoy sharing their success and exercise accomplishments with others. Golds enjoy mixing a bit of social interaction into their exercise routine and want an upbeat environment—they nevertheless make the purpose of the activity clear.

Gold Efficients (ESTJ)

Gold Efficients seek a structured program with concrete progress reports that document their accomplishments and the goals they are achieving.

Gold Harmonies (ESFJ)

Gold Harmonies enjoy connecting with people on a personal level. Recognition and praise for a job well done is particularly motivating to Gold Harmonies.