Trainers should not mention weight in fitness classes
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.