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Societies 2018, 8(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8010015

How Are University Gyms Used by Staff and Students? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Gym Use, Motivation, and Communication in Three UK Gyms

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Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
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Institute of Life Sciences, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
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Department of Geography, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
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Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK
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Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
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Patient Knows Best, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge CB4 0W, UK
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Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Becket University, Leeds LS1 3HE, UK
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Received: 4 December 2017 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 18 February 2018 / Published: 1 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Culture)
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This study examined university gym use by staff and students using mixed methods: participant observation and an e-survey. Research in three UK universities entailed 16 observation sessions and an e-survey that reached 3396 students and staff. The research focused on gym use, the gym environment, the presentation of the self, and social interaction within gym spaces. The gyms were found to have a difficult role to play in providing functionality for some, while helping others to be active and minimize feelings of isolation and lack of control. This led to these gyms developing spaces of exercise rather than therapeutic spaces, and divisions in use of space, with some areas rarely used and often highly gendered, resulting in contested meanings produced within Healthy University discourses and physical activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: gym use; gym culture; university staff; university students; higher education gym use; gym culture; university staff; university students; higher education
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Rapport, F.; Hutchings, H.; Doel, M.A.; Wells, B.; Clement, C.; Mellalieu, S.; Shubin, S.; Brown, D.; Seah, R.; Wright, S.; Sparkes, A. How Are University Gyms Used by Staff and Students? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Gym Use, Motivation, and Communication in Three UK Gyms. Societies 2018, 8, 15.

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