Women’s Use of the Gym Space: How Physical Activity Spaces Communicate Inclusion and Exclusion to Women
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Women are less likely than men to participate in recommended levels of physical activity. As gyms are built around exercise, this research sought to understand if women’s gym participation is limited, due to the space communicating messages of exclusion. Semi-structured interviews with seven women participants led to the discovery of three themes surrounding women’s experiences in the gym setting: Comfort and confidence in the space stem from self-perceived levels of attractiveness, women treat the space as communal to better understand how to navigate it, and organizational spaces can communicate messages of class and socioeconomic differences. Recommendations for future research included minimizing feelings of intimidation and polarization in recreational spaces, particularly in terms of gender and class.
Exercise for women;Physical fitness centers;Women's rights
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Glaze, Rachel, "Women’s Use of the Gym Space: How Physical Activity Spaces Communicate Inclusion and Exclusion to Women" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4401.
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