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Drawing on empirical research, this fascinating new book explores the embodied experiences of 'gym goers' and the fitness cultures that are constructed within gyms and fitness spaces.
Gym Bodies offers a personal, interactive, ethnographic account of the multiplicity of contemporary gym practices, spaces and cultures, including bodybuilding, CrossFit and Spinning. It argues that gym bodies are historically constructed, social, sensual, emotional and political; that experience intersects with multiple embodied identities; and that fitness cultures are profoundly important in shaping the body in wider contemporary culture.
This is important reading for students, tutors and researchers working in sport and exercise studies, sociology of the body, health studies, leisure, cultural studies, gender and education. It is also a valuable resource for policy makers and practitioners within the fields of sport, leisure, health and education.
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James Brighton is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. His empirical and theoretical interests are interdisciplinary and focus on the `sociology of the body', disability studies and inquiry into the socio-cultural dimensions of sport. Diverse methodological interests lie across a range of interpretative qualitative methodologies including ethnography, life history and narrative analyses. He has worked as a personal trainer, gym manager and strength and conditioning coach in England and Australia and been an active participant in gym cultures for over 20 years. Ian Wellard is a Director of the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR) at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is a sociologist of sport and the body whose main research interests relate to body practices, movement cultures and physical activity. Much of this research has been generated through ethnographic studies, which draw upon qualitative and reflexive approaches to the ways in which embodied identities are constructed and negotiated. Ian has also been involved in numerous funded research projects, commissioned by, among others, the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, The National Children's Bureau, The Olympic Committee, The World Health Organisation and The Arts Council. Ian has also been an enthusiastic gym participant for over 30 years. Amy Clark is currently in the latter stage of her doctoral research at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, focusing on feminism, femininities and the embodied experiences of women in sport and exercise within alternative fitness spaces. She has worked as a fitness instructor and group exercise leader for five years.
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