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. Golds prefer keeping their exercise plans plain, simple, and easy to execute. Golds typically decide in advance what they’re going to do, and how they’re going to measure a workout—perhaps based on time or distance. With their common sense 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 safety 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’re ready to move on to the next, but not until then.
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 Golds enjoy sharing their exercise successes with others. Golds enjoy mixing a bit of social interaction into their exercise routine and want an upbeat environment – but they nevertheless make the purpose of the activity clear and avoid socializing that runs counter to their goals.