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Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What's Your Type? The Best Workout for Your Enneagram Personality Type 

Fitness
Motivation
Personal Growth
You may have heard of the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (or RHETI) test, one of many personality tests that can help us better understand ourselves. We've put together the best fitness classes for your Enneagram Type, so you can find workouts that fit you.
The Reformer

“The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic”
Fitness class: Barre 

Barre is known for small, precise movements, requiring focus and control. That’s why it’s the perfect exercise for Ones. You may not be able to change the world in a barre class, but you can definitely perfect your plie!  

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The Reformer

“The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic”
Fitness class: Barre 

Barre is known for small, precise movements, requiring focus and control. That’s why it’s the perfect exercise for Ones. You may not be able to change the world in a barre class, but you can definitely perfect your plie!  

The Helper

“The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive” 
Fitness class: Acroyoga
 
 
Acroyoga is an exercise you cannot do alone. It requires being absolutely in sync with a partner to maintain balance and achieve poses. This type of yoga is perfect for Twos, because they are always attentive to others and find joy in close, intimate relationships. Nothing says trust like letting someone balance you over their head!

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The Helper

“The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive” 
Fitness class: Acroyoga
 
 
Acroyoga is an exercise you cannot do alone. It requires being absolutely in sync with a partner to maintain balance and achieve poses. This type of yoga is perfect for Twos, because they are always attentive to others and find joy in close, intimate relationships. Nothing says trust like letting someone balance you over their head!

The Achiever

“The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious” 
Fitness class: Competitive Cycling 
 
Competitive Cycling is exactly what it sounds like—cycling with a touch of rivalry. These types of classes incorporate leaderboards and stats, so competitive people *cough cough—Threes* can strive to beat goals and outrank others.

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The Achiever

“The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious” 
Fitness class: Competitive Cycling 
 
Competitive Cycling is exactly what it sounds like—cycling with a touch of rivalry. These types of classes incorporate leaderboards and stats, so competitive people *cough cough—Threes* can strive to beat goals and outrank others.

The Individualist

“The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental” 
Fitness class: Yin yoga 
 
If you’re a Four, you probably run from the thought of group fitness. Fours tend to prefer doing things on their own (hence the “Individualist” title)
But Yin yoga allows you to focus on yourself, practicing meditation and long-held stretches to relax, self-reflect, and not be bothered.

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The Individualist

“The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental” 
Fitness class: Yin yoga 
 
If you’re a Four, you probably run from the thought of group fitness. Fours tend to prefer doing things on their own (hence the “Individualist” title)
But Yin yoga allows you to focus on yourself, practicing meditation and long-held stretches to relax, self-reflect, and not be bothered.

The Investigator

“The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated” 
Fitness class: Pilates 
 
Investigators love knowledge and want to become experts at whatever they do. Pilates is complex, requiring ultimate focus and control over breathing and technique. So start studying, Fives, and head to your local Pilates studio to dive right in!

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The Investigator

“The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated” 
Fitness class: Pilates 
 
Investigators love knowledge and want to become experts at whatever they do. Pilates is complex, requiring ultimate focus and control over breathing and technique. So start studying, Fives, and head to your local Pilates studio to dive right in!

The Loyalist

“The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious” 
Fitness class: Bikram Yoga 
 
Sixes love routines, and Bikram Yoga provides just that—a 90-minute series of consistent movements practiced at the same temperature and humidity at any studio that offers it. So wherever you go, there’s no surprises.

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The Loyalist

“The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious” 
Fitness class: Bikram Yoga 
 
Sixes love routines, and Bikram Yoga provides just that—a 90-minute series of consistent movements practiced at the same temperature and humidity at any studio that offers it. So wherever you go, there’s no surprises.

The Enthusiast

“The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered” 
Fitness class: Dance Fitness 
 
Nothing says fun-loving like dancing in a room full of strangers. Sevens love to take risks, be spontaneous, and get excited. Dance fitness classes can give them the perfect opportunity to get creative, express themselves, and have fun! 

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The Enthusiast

“The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered” 
Fitness class: Dance Fitness 
 
Nothing says fun-loving like dancing in a room full of strangers. Sevens love to take risks, be spontaneous, and get excited. Dance fitness classes can give them the perfect opportunity to get creative, express themselves, and have fun! 

The Challenger

“The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational” 
Fitness class: Kickboxing 
 
If you’re an Eight, you aren’t someone to be messed with. Assert your dominance in a kickboxing class and feel the thrill of swinging punches, burning calories, and releasing that pent-up energy.

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The Challenger

“The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational” 
Fitness class: Kickboxing 
 
If you’re an Eight, you aren’t someone to be messed with. Assert your dominance in a kickboxing class and feel the thrill of swinging punches, burning calories, and releasing that pent-up energy.

The Peacemaker

“The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent” 
Fitness class: Restorative Yoga 
 
Find your inner peace and harmony with restorative yoga, Nines. With slow movements and time for quiet reflection, you won’t have to worry about any disruptions. 

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The Peacemaker

“The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent” 
Fitness class: Restorative Yoga 
 
Find your inner peace and harmony with restorative yoga, Nines. With slow movements and time for quiet reflection, you won’t have to worry about any disruptions. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.