What's your Neurotype?

Worst pick-up line ever? Or training brilliance? Neurotyping is basically an assessment of your personality that helps figure out your individual neurotransmitter dominance and which traits you possess which dictate what type of training regimen works best for you mentally and physically. Essentially, individualizing training using neurotyping to promote progress, avoid fatigue, maintain motivation, and avoid overload of stress and injuries. Neurotyping was found through an understanding of the neurotransmitters in your brain and what their roles are. Neurotyping is based on the Cloninger Temperament and Character Inventory, which basically compares levels of neurotransmitters with the presence of various personality traits. There are 5 neurotypes: 1A The Warrior, 1B The Athlete, 2A The Passionate, 2B The Artist, and 3 The Thinker.

Your central nervous system and brain chemistry impacts every single thing from how you are motivated, to how much training load you can handle, food that your body will rely on most efficiently, and the types of workouts that will work best for your mind, body, and promote the most progress. This is just another reason why individualized training is necessary for people.

A very interesting component of neurotyping is the relationship between neuroscience and overtraining. For example, overtraining can be defined as too much adrenaline, you have desensitized receptors and stop responding to your own adrenaline. If you are an athlete with a high level of baseline adrenaline and muscle tone (muscles look tense at rest), you must train less volume. On the other hand, if you have naturally lower muscle tone and lower adrenaline, you can tolerate more volume and more frequency.

Warning: if your brain is not ready for this right now, just scroll down to the specific types.

Neuroscience crash course:

Central Nervous System: responsible for motor coordination, and muscle recruitment. It is also responsible for motivation, response to stress, focus, energy expenditure.

Neurotransmitters: chemicals in your brain that are responsibility for communicating with the rest of your body and manage everything including your stress and anxiety, emotions, your memory, how you learn, and your creativity. The following neurotransmitter systems are developed in childhood.

Some types of neurotransmitters:

Dopamine: responsible for motivation, behavior change/responses, self-esteem, resiliency, and your sense of joy.

Serotonin: managing stress and anxiety, sense of well-being, and adapting to change

Acetylcholine: how quickly your brain thinks, motor skill development, recall, learning, creativity, and dealing with stress.

Norepinephrine: responsible for sense of well-being, self-esteem, and pleasure seeking.

Enzymes: molecules that speed up the chemical reaction in a cell.

Two types of enzymes:

-Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT): degrades catecholamines like dopamine and norepinephrine.

-Glutamate decarboxylase or glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD): catalyzes the decarboxylation of glutamate to GABA or CO2.

Neurotype 1s

1A & 1B are the novelty-seeking types. They have low dopamine production and sensitive dopamine receptors, which means they can become addicted to the activities that promote that dopamine rush. High adrenaline activities are useful for this type, avoiding boredom, and varied challenges. This type tends to have difficulty with endurance events because of boredom and inability to tolerate large workload. They enjoy learning new things, fast pace, and are outgoing. This is the natural athlete. They like sprinting, high energy contact sports, and do best with coaches who inspire them and allow them to lead without taking a demanding/authoritarian approach.

1A WARRIORS: This type is competitive and intense. They are loud, have a need to be in a leadership role, and have difficulty with authority. They go to great lengths to achieve, and like to do things their way. This person often has high muscle tone if they have high adrenaline all the time. Their muscles might look hard all the time. Defined by intensity and raw power, concentric muscle. High risk of CNS fatigue.

Neurotransmitters profile for 1A:

Dopamine dominant: meaning, they thrive in activities that increase their dopamine.

-Low dopamine: Leads to these individuals to seek out novelty, new and exciting things to stimulate this lack. Effort leads to reward.

-Low serotonin: low capacity for workload, poor adaptability

-Low ACH-does well with intensity, can be less creative.

-High Fast-twitch muscle fiber dominance

-Slow COMT methylation of dopamine and adrenaline: they can’t clear adrenaline or dopamine quickly and therefore they stay high energy for longer and they are running high til they crash. This can make them aggressive, result-oriented, disagreeable, competitive.

-Efficient GAD: this leads to low glutamate-low empathy for others, tries to control others especially when stressed. High GABA-leads to quick recovery from stress or tough workouts. -Externalizes stress, which can be perceived as aggression.

-Requires high carbohydrates to control adrenaline.

Personality traits:

-loud, verbal, talkative

- want to be center of attention

-conflicts with authority

-very confident

-highly competitive and can be a sore loser and winner

-super intense and susceptible to burn out

-does not like to follow the rules

-does things their own way

-likes other people to believe he/she is right

-little patience

-goal oriented

-doesn’t care about what other people think of them

-impulsive and behaves based on emotion

-performs well under pressure

-a risk taker

1B The ATHLETE Speed and Skills. They have very highly developed motor skills and can learn movements very easily. They are also impatient and often get frustrated when things do not move quickly enough. Other people tend to view them as a person who is good at everything. This person will always try again if they fail. Elastic muscular type, needs explosivity to be strong. They might have a softer muscle tone at rest which indicates lower resting adrenaline.

Neurotransmitters profile for 1B:

-Dopamine dominant: meaning, they thrive in activities that increase their dopamine.

-Low dopamine: Leads to these individuals to seek out novelty, new and exciting things to stimulate this lack. Effort leads to reward.

-High serotonin: low capacity for workload, adaptability.

-High ACH-very explosive, adaptability, can be creative, learns easily, problem-solver.

-High fast twitch muscle fibers dominance

*This type of athlete with high ACH & fast twitch dominance is more tendon driven and therefore heavy weight training can inhibit progress.

-Fast acting COMT: clears out dopamine and adrenaline quickly so this person can become very chill before and after a hard effort. This keeps them sensitive to dopamine and adrenaline meaning they can become highly motivated, serotonin levels and ACH levels allow them to respond and adapt well under pressure. This person looks lazy when not engaged in activity that increases adrenaline.

-Breaks down adrenaline quickly and can therefore handle more training stimulus/volume. This keeps adrenaline receptors fresh and allows capacity for more training.

Personality Traits:

-calm the majority of the time but can have explosions then easily calm down.

-enjoys thrills and intensity


-competitive but not the most competitive

-a natural athlete

-speedster: explosive & agile

-little patience

-can multitask well



- can quickly vacillate between calm to super active and engaged, and then resume being relaxed.

-Has consideration for others, but doesn’t get easily influenced by what others think of them.

-performs well under pressure

-also a risk taker

Neurotypes 2A & 2B: These type seeks reward. Because of their low norepinephrine levels, they can be naturally depressive and lack motivation. They seek rewards to boost this level in order to improve confidence and sense of well-being. They want to look good in front of other people and hate disappointing others. This is a team player and they are often drawn to team competition. They tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves and can easily choke under pressure when individually competing.

2A PASSIONATE This type can be a people pleaser, typically on the shy side, does not like to make decisions, prefers to stay out of leadership roles, self-esteem is generally lacking. This type does not like to look foolish, because they care so much about what others think. That makes setting big goals difficult. However, despite all this, when they experience a burst of adrenaline, they become more extroverted and confident! This person can handle a lot of training volume and likes variety in the training session.

Neurotype 2A Neurotransmitter profiles:

-Adrenaline Dominant: meaning they seek adrenaline raising activity.

-Low norepinephrine levels: This leads people to seek out rewards to stimulate this lack, such as recognition or “winning.”

-GABA+: needs variety

-Mix of fast and intermediate twitch muscle fiber dominance

-Fast COMT and normal methylation: normal response to dopamine and adrenaline, so they are less lazy than type 1’s at rest, but still get amped up due to high sensitivity to dopamine and adrenaline.

-Low ACH & Low Serotonin means they rely on emotions for performance.

-Higher glutamate and lower serotonin can lead to social anxiety, and need to look good in front of others, low self-esteem due to neurological profile.

-Lower dopamine response, so external factor of recognition and admiration can increase importance of pleasure response and lead to increased motivation.

Personality traits:

-lower self-esteem when not activated

-gets amped up in high adrenaline situations, but can easily choke when overloaded.

-needs to get along with everyone

-a chameleon: often changes personality depending on the people and situation

-cares a lot about what others think of him/her

-needs to save face

-follows the leader, often copies the person who influences them the most

-empathetic, very good at reading people.

-avoids making choices

-a really fun person, people enjoy spending time with this type.

-likes to switch things up, thrives with variation

-needs to feel respected and accepted by others, this is incredibly important to them.

-does not like to feel left out

-procrastinator, but does their best work under pressure