Preferred body type of fitness instructors among university students in exercise classes

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  • This study examined the relationship between participants' physique anxiety, eating behaviors, somatotype, and the preferred qualifications and body type of a fitness instructor. Subjects were 171 students attending fitness classes at a university. Analysis indicated that the women preferred a thinner fitness instructor than men and that enthusiasm, motivation, and being physically fit were considered the most important characteristics overall. No significant racial differences in key variables were found. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2005.
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  • Evans RR; Cotter EM; Roy JLP
  • Start Page

  • 257
  • End Page

  • 266
  • Volume

  • 101
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  • 1