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By Sarah Hentges

This booklet explores universal representations and studies of yank health. It takes women's reviews because the middle of inquiry towards an realizing of the functionality of health in our lives and in our culture-at-large. starting from 1968 to the current, from Jane Fonda to WiiFit, from revolution to institutionalization, from own to political, and past, this e-book considers a extensive variety of subject matters from an interdisciplinary standpoint: generations, cultural appropriation, neighborhood improvement, choreography, technique, therapeutic, and social justice. Drawing on her adventure as a cultural theorist, educator and health teacher, the writer deals severe and artistic techniques that display the constraints and chances of health. The e-book allows readers to contemplate their very own dating to health in addition to the extra summary meanings of the time period, and indicates the concept that health has a few power to remodel our worlds--if we are prepared to do the work(out).

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We idolize the hard bodies and svelte figures of our celebrities, and so it makes sense that we 30 Women and Fitness in American Culture might look to celebrity trainers for workout tips and guidance. And in some cases trainers and celebrities work closely to market a particular workout. LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout not only illustrates this celebrity connection, it also illustrates some of the patriarchal (if not also sexist) ideals and assumptions of American fitness. LL Cool J is not only known for his physique, he is also known for his sensitive rap lyrics like his 1987 hit, “I Need Love,” a song considered a major “panty dropper” by many women of my generation.

Some people just don’t like these standardized programs and others prefer them to classes that are designed by individual instructors. After accompanying a colleague to a Zumba class Pirkko Markula writes in her Psycholog y Today blog, “To my surprise I did not enjoy the class and feel almost guilty. ” But she also concludes that she is “not alone with [her] ambivalent feelings” and considers Parviainen’s research about Les Mills programs. ” Manufactured fitness proscribes loyalty to the “brand” and the unique aspects of its particular program, which can limit instructor’s freedom.

Advice is also offered for those who may not be supportive of your new body, advice that is “especially relevant to the ladies” (224). LL Cool J makes a direct attempt to intervene in domestic violence as he argues that jealous men might attempt to make us feel bad and notes that “if that goes down, that’s not where you need to be” (224). While the scenario is certainly possible, the paternalistic quality exudes the patriarchal assumption about the need to protect women, even women who have gained self-confidence and physical strength.

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