Are you an introverted exerciser or an extroverted exerciser?

We all know what introverts and extroverts are like, right?

Extroverts are like:


And introverts are like:

Introvert-vs-Extrovert (1)

And then there’s me who’s like:

like a cat

But does that affect the way we exercise? I think yes!

If you’re an introvert it means you get your strength and energy from alone time, while extroverts get their strength and energy from people time. And since strength and energy are a huge part of exercising, it only seems natural that one would have an affect on the other.

This is a 2-part psychology series, the first being the introverted list, while next week, it’s the extroverted list.

Get psyched, psych fans.

Top 8 Signs You’re an Introverted Exerciser

8. Your general theory on gyms is that they are for exercising your muscles, not your mouth.

7. If someone spots you awkwardly using a weight machine, and they take it upon themselves to give you friendly pointers, you take it upon yourself to call security.

6. Even though you attend exercise classes, the most interaction anyone has ever gotten out of you is an “oh sorry” after you accidentally hit them with your mat.

5. Any big organized group exercise activity for adults that has the general tagline of “Come join! Get fit! Make friends!” makes you sleepy.

4. Your ideal tennis partner is yourself.

3. When a group of your friends are getting together to do some form of exercise, you decline by claiming you “have other plans,” and then you secretly do a workout on your own.

2. When someone asks if you want to start running together you panic and tell them you just quit running.

1. Most people work out as a way to de-stress and bond with people after a day of work, while you work out as a way to de-stress after a day of being around people.


Are you more introverted or extroverted?

Does it affect the way you work out?

64 Thoughts on “Top 8 Signs You’re an Introverted Exerciser

  1. Yup…definitely more of an introvert! I prefer to do things of my own with NO interruptions, which is pretty ironic because I always thought I’d want a running or workout buddy. It turns out, I’m just happy with me, myself and I! 😉
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  2. Lol- I think this is my favourite series yet! I am 100% an introverted exerciser (and probably in life in general)!
    I’ve been going to the same gym for six years now, and although I only swim there, I still don’t say more than hi to the people I see. (And they’re the same morning people I have seen every time I go!)
    The only person I like to workout with is my hubby!
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  3. I am def. an introvert….or maybe I’m like you! I would love a running buddy but gym/yoga time is me time. Wait….I lied. People running with me only slow me down. So introvert 100%! :)
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  4. I’m a total extrovert in “real life”, but I think because of that I’m more of an introverted exerciser. I get annoyed by all the people who socialize at the gym in my workout area. Go to the smoothie bar if you wanna make friends!
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  5. I’m an introvert exerciser for sure. I get in, get it done, and get out! Oh, and that “why I’m like a cat” cartoon fits me to a T!
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  6. This is a tough one for me! I’m definitely an extrovert by nature, and since I work from a home office, I’m always in DIRE need of real, human interaction. But I do a lot of my workouts solo. Because I’m trying to squeeze them in before work or during lunch, I don’t have time to socialize. It’s get in, get ‘er done, and get out! But I love when I have the time & opportunity to run with a friend or with my hubby. The miles just fly by when there’s someone to talk to. When it comes to racing, I’m usually in a zone and by myself. The only exception is marathons. If you can find a few people who run the same pace as you, it’s an awesome way to get through the miles. And miles. And miles…
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  7. “Your ideal tennis partner is yourself.” –> hahahaha. Or the wall. Strangely, though, tennis was the one sport that I never liked to do by myself (or with a wall). If I join my school’s cycling club this fall (gotta get that cycling in to maybe start giving me confidence to do a tri…), I’ll have to do group cycles…that idea honestly scares me a little bit. I love working out on my own, and when I’m with other people I just worry if I should slow down or speed up or what if they think I’m weird and should I talk or do they want to contemplate their own thoughts or…it’s a lot less stress for me to go it alone. 😉
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    • lol “or the wall” – thats ex-act-ly what eric said too :) and that group cycling might actually be really great in terms of getting you into the groove quicker- thats the thing with having other people around- if they’re more experienced, you get better faster than you would on your own

  8. I like to have a workout/running buddy. I don’t however, like to socialize in the gym. Without seeing the extrovert list I would guess I would fall into that category. I am one to do quite a bit of solo workouts and runs.
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  9. This girl is definitely an introverted exerciser! I know gyms can be a great place to meet people and be social, but all I really want to do is get my workout done and get out of there – I’m not really big on people chatting me up (unless it’s a really cute guy, then it’s fine 😉 ). Oh man, and the worst? When you have headphones on and you’re in a groove, and someone starts talking to you and you can’t hear what they’re saying so you’re like… what?! Bah! People seriously need to learn the meaning of “Not a good time…”
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  10. Haha, you take it upon yourself to call security!!! SO outrageous!!! I think I’m a little bit of both… I prefer company, obviously, because I run with so many people… BUT, I don’t LOVE working out with others all the time… I don’t mind going to a big old class alone, but if anyone wants to talk to me, I act like a mute. Such is life.
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  11. I am a bit more of an introvert in life and certainly when I exercise. I do enjoy working out to videos and stuff with my wife but that’s about it. I almost always run on my own, but will run with a buddy if they ask. Come race day though I always seem to find people to chat with, which I guess isn’t very introverted. So I guess this makes me a split personality introvert? I’m so confused…

  12. Haha this is a fun series! :) But unfortunately I still have no idea if I’m an introverted or extroverted exerciser because about half the signs are so me, the other half are the opposite lol. I guess I’m some combination of the two – Intrextrovert? Extrintrovert? Okay, okay, I give up 😉
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  13. OMG you are actually hilarious! I never thought of myself as an introverted exerciser but I totally am. I rarely say anything to anyone at the gym and am definitely not a fan when people try to engage me. It’s weird because i’m pretty extroverted in life but I guess I’m just in the zone. #1, 2 and 8 are way too relevant!!!
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  14. Haha this is the best. It’s weird because I often think I’m an introvert, but once I get out and go to a party the last thing I want to do is go back home. I love being out around people. But when it comes to exercise. No – I’m definitely a lone wolf come to my workout moments. It’s my “me” time. I guess I’m a bit of both.
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  15. Hahaa I’m pretty sure I crack up at every post you write! I’m SUCH an introverted exerciser. I don’t like talking to people. I go to the gym to workout. Even in workout classes, I go in and get out. I’m there for a workout, not to socialize. I do go to the gym with my best friend sometimes at school and we “social walk” or elliptical but that’s less for the workout and more for the girl talk.
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…ConfessionsMy Profile

    • yeah thats a great point! i rarely workout with other people (except eric from time to time) but when i do its usually more about a social activity than actually getting a good workout in.

  16. Haha I’m such an introverted exerciser, for sure! It is SO HARD for me to workout with someone or to workout as a GROUP! AHH!!
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  17. I think over the years I’ve turned into a total introverted exerciser – I like to focus 100% on my workout and I’m completely happy working out at home by myself!
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  18. Haha I think I made it clear in my post today that I generally don’t like interaction at the gym, so it’s safe to say that I’m an introverted exerciser 😉 my gym time is my me-time, so I kind of hate it when people try to engage me in any sort of conversation. Even with running and whatnot, I’m pretty sure I’ve gone on a run with someone else maybe 3 times in my life (high school gym class not withstanding).
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  19. Well, according to this, I’m definitely an introverted exerciser lol! If anyone approaches me in a gym I find an excuse to go in a different area. Also, headphones are my best friends because it gives me a legit excuse to not be able to strike up a conversation. I WISH I was more extroverted on the running front because I think it would be nice to make a running group of friends, but then… I just don’t want to do it. LOL

  20. I am definitely an introverted exerciser. I hate team sports and I don’t like to socialize when I’m working out. Workouts are my “me” time to compete against myself, not others. When people try to talk to me on runs, I just run away…

  21. haha.. how do you come up with stuff like this…lol.
    Definitely an introvert at times, I love working out alone but I don’t mind a partner for my weight training….but too much talk..nahh..
    I can’t wait for next week’s extrovert series..I might be both.

  22. I don’t tend to like “real life people”…so I guess I’ll go with introvert 😉
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  23. I love that you are like a cat, haha.
    I’m more of an introvert when it comes to exercise but I’ll make conversation if someone talks to me first. I actually wish I had a running partner right now because I need some motivation! Brandon was supposed to be my partner but yeah…that didn’t work out so well.
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  24. Haha, I love how creative you are with everything you post. One day I’ll be like you. Probably not. Anyway. I think I’m a bit of both as well. If I’m lifting weights alone and listening to music that does not mean “hey meat head, come over here and talk to me.” However, I always welcome advice or pointers since I’m not a professional. Yet :) So, if someone feels inclined enough to obviously interrupt my “cool jams” in order to correct my form or give me useful advice, I’m going to appreciate that they’re helping out a fellow gym goer and go back to my jams, heeding their advice of course. I like that I have a running partner in Meghan and a lifting partner in my boyfriend.
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    • ahh are you kidding, i want to be you when i grow up! (even though im older than you) im so glad “cool jams” is catching on, if nothing else, i want that to be my legacy. i love pointers in bar method class, from the teacher, but im not a fan when its a random person in the gym…i like to know someones credentials, otherwise it could be a person like me. and i really shouldnt be correcting anybodys form.

  25. I’m so not going to the gym with you! But wait…On the other hand I think I’ve just learned another way to tease you…whoops I meant to say please you!
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  26. I am so introverted, in everything, 100%. This list described me completely. Can I print it out and post it at the gym lol?
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  27. Definitely an introvert exerciser at the gym- especially when a group of my mates get together to lift weights….although it may be due to my embarrassment at them considering my 1 rep max to be their FIRST of FOUR warm up weights before starting their benching routine. #weakboyproblems
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  28. Weirdly enough I consider my self an extrovert socially but more of an introvert when it comes to working out! Selfish or not, exercise is my “me” time, at least for the most part! Every so often, I’ll branch out and voluntarily interact with others during my workout 😉
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  29. I love this! While I like doing group exercises every now and again, I think I am more of an introvert. For good workouts, I want to be left alone to do them. :)

  30. introvert right here when it comes to exercise. it’s why i stopped going to the gym and started working out at home. people at the gym annoy me. i tried to workout with my husband at his gym and when i get in my zone, you basically don’t exist but he was always coming up to me to talk and i was like, GET LOST! LOL
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  31. I can’t believe how many Introverted Exercisers there are! I’m an introvert in real life, and most definitely in exercising as well.
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  32. Oh this is hilarious! I am totally 100% an introverted exerciser. I’m an introverted everything! :)

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