FeaturesPersonality Traits and Physical Activity: Helping Exercise Professionals Maximize Client OutcomesNewsome, A’Naja M.S.; Kilpatrick, Marcus Ph.D., FACSM; Mastrofini, Gianna M.S.; Wilson, Kathryn Ph.D.Author Information A’Naja Newsome, M.S., is the assistant director of Fitness in Campus Recreation and a doctoral student at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the psychosocial determinants of exercise, including motivation and adherence, and the methodological and measurement aspects of exercise research and evaluation. Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of Exercise Science in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. His research interests include perceptual aspects of exercise, including mood, enjoyment, and perceived exertion, exercise motivation, and high-intensity interval training. Gianna Mastrofini, M.S., is a graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include psychological aspects of exercise and nutrition. Kathryn Wilson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University. Dr. Wilson’s research is centered around the role of personality in the adoption of and adherence to physical activity. Her current work focuses on applying meta-theoretical models of the personality system to the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based digital health programs. Address for correspondence: A’Naja Newsome, M.S., 4202 East Fowler Avenue, REC 111, Tampa, FL 33620; E-mail: [email protected]. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: 7/8 2021 - Volume 25 - Issue 4 - p 12-18 doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000684 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Apply It • Understand the relationship between personality traits and exercise behaviors • Integrate personality scales as meaningful tools for client goal setting and exercise programming • Identify strategies for using personality traits to increase client performance Personality traits are useful for exercise professionals in understanding individual differences in exercise preferences and behaviors and can lead to better rapport and ultimately maximize performance. Copyright © 2021 by American College of Sports Medicine.