Group Health for Males: Breaking the Stereotypes


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Group fitness has traditionally been a female-dominated style of exercise, but that could be changing. The origin of the « jazzercise » trend began with Jane Fonda and Richard Simons. These television and film routines typically featured an all-female group and catered to the female market.

Iowa State reported fewer men attending group fitness classes than normal. Fitness coordinator Kara Herbert explains it from « psychology professors [will] tell you that women are more likely to train in a group, while men tend to be more likely to train alone. Research has shown that men train to increase competition. Group fitness tends to be less competitive, which might explain why men shy away from it.

While the state of Iowa may have declining numbers, the rates of men taking group fitness classes are on the rise. Another fitness coordinator, Nora Hudson, explains, “I think the door has opened for people to realize that they want to move differently and stimulate muscles differently and in a more balanced way. We see more and more people becoming aware of the need for a more balanced fitness program – flexibility, cardio, strength, function – we see the trend for fitness programs to offer many varieties of opportunities of movement.

Does group fitness appeal to more men? It certainly seems like the social stigma of women’s aerobics groups is breaking down and men are feeling more comfortable in the program.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Catherine Roberts

Catherine is our go-to writer for news on women’s health, food trends and more. She is dedicated to providing Activebeat readers with the information they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle every day.


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