Perceptions and Stereotypes of Aerobics

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With 600,000 people across Australia who have participated in aerobics at one point in time, it can be manifested that aerobics is one of the most marginalized sports within the country (Ausport, 2000). With such a marginalized sport, there are many stereotypes that are associated with just the word aerobics. This is explored through the survey that was conducted and was answered by the students at StAC. Many of the stereotypes that are believed in society are that aerobics is a sport dominated by females and that it more of a dance class. This report will evaluate the possible influences that have shaped students’ perceptions using Figueroa’s Framework and Maslow’s hierarchy. Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness) (Balbach, 2013). It is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor. It can clearly be seen that with music and a fitness instructor leading the class that many people may have these common stereotypes fulfilled. Figueroa’s framework explains the concepts of equity, access and equality through the 5 levels constructed by Professor Figueroa (Crossley, 2013). Another significant piece of evidence held in this report is Maslow’s hierarchy and is the theory involving the psychology of human development (Macleod, 2007). Figueroa’s framework -2.0 Figueroa framework refers to the framework developed by Professor Peter Figueroa and has been a useful tool in the investigation of issues surrounding equity, access and equality, in sport and physical activity. (Crossley, 2013) The framewor... ... middle of paper ... aerobics is like to younger kids and not how it is seen through media outlets. Lastly, the clothing should be optional when performed at StAC as this will entice many more people who have self esteem or confidence issues or who just don’t like the traditional clothing worn in aerobics. . If these recommendations are acted upon than the engagement of not just males but females will advance within the following years. Conclusion – 4.0 As seen throughout the entire report it is evident that the perceptions held by StAC students are no different then the common stereotypes held by society towards aerobics. This has been done by examining each level of Figueroa’s framework as well as Maslow’s hierarchy and relating to the data collected by myself. If the recommendation’s stated earlier are implemented then these perceptions here at StAC will change for the better.

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