Train­ers should not men­tion weight in fit­ness classes

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

Re­search car­ried out by an Amer­i­can Univer­sity has found that women’s body con­fi­dence can be im­pacted by what train­ers say dur­ing work­outs. Phrases said by in­struc­tors such as ‘no more thun­der thighs for us’ and ‘get rid of that cel­lulite’ left more women feel­ing ashamed of their body fol­low­ing a class. Re­searchers cre­ated two iden­ti­cal 16-minute con­di­tion­ing classes, with one in­struc­tor stress­ing the ben­e­fits cre­ated by the ex­er­cise on ap­pear­ance and one with in­struc­tor stress­ing the ben­e­fits of the ex­er­cise on the par­tic­i­pants’ health. Out of the 203 young women that took part in the study, par­tic­i­pants in the class as­so­ci­ated with looks were more likely to say that they felt worse about their bod­ies af­ter the gym ses­sion than those who fin­ished the health fo­cused class.

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