Be aware of the specific elements and scenarios in your fitness facility that may elicit anxiety in men and work to improve the environment to eliminate or alleviate those feelings of anxiety. Be especially aware of these scenarios in gyms where there might be a number of clients who are bodybuilders.
Consider the development of all-male fitness classes to alleviate perceived anxiety and encourage physical activity in men.
Consider the physical space and the addition of equipment in your fitness facility to eliminate conflicts over resources.
Alex Cyris a Master’s Thesis candidate at the University of Windsor whose research focuses on exercise psychology, anxiety, and personality in sport.
Krista Munroe-Chandler, Ph.D.,is recognized for her work in the psychology of sport and exercise. She is a professor in the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, Canada. Her research interests include imagery use in sport and exercise, exercise stereotypes, as well as youth sport development. She works with athletes of all ages, levels, and sport, helping them achieve their personal performance goals.
Kimberley Gammage, Ph.D.,is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Her research examines the relationship between exercise and body image across the lifespan. She is also the director of the SeniorFit exercise program at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-being.
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