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From exercise to "exertainment": Body techniques and body philosophies within a differentiated fitness culture
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1631-6475
University of Gothenburg.
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088X, E-ISSN 2000-088X, Vol. 6, 27-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on two highly influential body techniques used in contemporary gym and fitness culture, namely bodybuilding and group fitness activities. The paper presents detailed self-portraits of two highly esteemed and well-known individuals representing each of these spheres of exercise. Both body techniques have their roots in physical culture. However, whereas bodybuilding goes back to the historical roots of European physical culture developed during the 19th century, Les Mills group fitness activities are a more recent phenomenon, with roots in aerobics and in the fitness culture developed during the 1960s. The case stories are read as both portraits of individuals and histories of two different forms of body techniques and philosophies of the body, and the analysis suggests that the narratives are to be understood in relation to historical changes in how society is organised and what this implies in terms of national and global demands for specific bodies.

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2015. Vol. 6, 27-45 p.
Keyword [en]
gym culture, body techniques, Les Mills, bodybuilding, fitness professionals
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Sociology
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Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43216OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-43216DiVA: diva2:811868
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2016-05-25Bibliographically approved

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