The Future of Fitness: Virtually Mediated Fitness and Social Practice in Transition

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  • Objective: To investigate how the practice of fitness changes as group fitness instructors transition to a virtual delivery model precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Six group fitness instructors were interviewed in an exploratory, phenomenological study between April 22 and May 19th, 2021 using a social practice theory framework. Textual analysis of the interview transcripts was performed to analyze the competences, meaning, and material elements associated with the practice of fitness. Results: Based on the results of the interview transcripts, nine key findings were discovered: accountability & motivation; connection & relationships; livelihood; business operations; job fulfillment & burnout; feedback & cues; career training; experience; and client form. Conclusion: The findings of this study indicate that the disruption of technology in the context of the practice of fitness has changed, at least temporarily, what it means to be a group fitness instructor.

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