physical culture; for men at the gym, it\'s step, step, step, panic!
He did not expect to join her in the aerobic exercise.
\"There are a lot of women in the class,\" said Mr.
Watra, 43, is an architect in Manhattan.
\"The other parts of the gym have these glass windows.
People on the weight machine watched me do these stupid moves in the post-90 s home music.
I feel like a weenie. \"Mr.
Vahtra has held another five or six classes, including one with a heavy hand.
\"The coach actually said to me, \'You are the only one in the class.
You should raise more.
It was a very difficult time.
\"That\'s it. Mr.
Vahtra withdrew from group fitness.
\"I will pass through the windows of the big studio and there will be someone hiding in a corner,\" he said . \".
\"I will feel sorry for that person.
\"Even the occasional gym player, it\'s clear that group fitness is a woman\'s world.
According to the International Association of Health, rackets and sports clubs, a trade group, men account for only 9% of the participants in oxygen sports and only 7% of the participants in other music courses.
Men\'s aversion to physical education reflects well-known gender differences.
Just like some people don\'t like to admit that they are on the wrong path, many people don\'t like to follow the coach\'s footsteps or lose their way in class.
Instead of trying to learn a new subject or a complex dance, they go back to familiar areas: treadmill and weightlifting.
The gym owner wants to see this change.
To improve their bottom line, they are increasingly trying to coax men into the fitness studio.
The fitness chain found that members will stay longer if they attend classes.
\"My job is to get as many people out of the floor as possible into the classroom,\" said Rachel Sibony, group fitness director at Equinox health club in Manhattan . \".
\"I was very happy when I saw a lot of people in the class.
\"But let the man leave the weight room or the basketball court and walk into the mirror --
The world of bows and Sky Walls
It turns out that blue hands are not easy. The man-to-
In January, M. said that the proportion of women had increased since the early 80 s, when almost no men had taken aerobics classes.
Schroeder is the director of event planning for Idea Health & Fitness Association, a national Fitness professional organization.
\"It was your young woman who came out of the high school dance class,\" the doctor said . \"
Schroeder is also a sports psychologist at California State University Long Beach.
In group classes at gym 80 and 90, taekwondo, hip-
Dance and yoga.
There are very few traditional aerobics classes today.
\"Training Camp\" course featuring circuit and strength training--
It was a man. friendly --are prevalent.
Nevertheless, group fitness is still unknown for most men.
Justin Bishop, 28, a researcher at Vanity Fair, once took a yoga class at the printing house fitness and racket club in Greenwich Village.
\"It was a small yoga class. I was the only one . \"
Bishop, new to yoga.
\"This is very uncomfortable.
I haven\'t been back since then.
How uncomfortable is the bishop?
\"I am not suitable to do this,\" he said . \".
\"If this was something I was very good at, I wouldn\'t have a problem.
\"Like many people, Doug Ramsey, site manager in Washington, D. C. C.
As a pioneer, I feel uncomfortable.
\"I am the only man with about 9 to 10 women . \"
Ramsey, 33, said he recently attended a color class at the Bally Total Fitness Center.
\"I don\'t think it\'s appropriate.
\"He did not go back.
But he said he might do so if the same class was half male.
For fear of becoming a symbolic male, 29-year-old Manhattan lawyer Elliot Blanchard has not gone to his gym for fitness classes.
He asked a female friend to attend an aerobic class that sounded interesting.
\"There are 100% women,\" she reported . \"Blanchard said.
\"This situation makes me reluctant to go.
\"The name of the class is an important factor in attracting men.
Recently, Tummy in Brazil didn\'t attract any men in the spring equinox on Manhattan\'s 85 th Street.
At the same time, in the location of Greenwich Avenue, a similar class called ABS attracted more than a dozen people.
Carol Esper, national director of fitness at Equinox group, pointed out several naming experiments that attracted men: Golf Pilates (
There is a popular game in Darien, Connecticut. )
Torn abs and arms (
West Hollywood is packed with men)
Yoga for athletes (
92 Street location in Manhattan).
\"Usually, men are drawn in when they see words like \'Sportsmen, \'\" Ms. Espel said.
Clubs like Equinox and Crunch specialize in creative titles designed to appeal to curious people, but names can also produce the opposite effect, scaring away classes --wary guys.
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\"It is impossible to know from the name what you will be asked to do,\" Mr. Blanchard said. \"Cardio Sculpt?
What does this mean?
Lisa Hufcut, spokesman for Town Sports International, parent company of New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia sports club, said: \"belly, boxing and spinning classes attract the most men.
The advertisement \"men feel more comfortable with the equipment \".
Hufcut cited a series of new courses developed by the company called club power. \"From the warm-
Until the cool of the work phase-
\"Down, it\'s all about weight lifting,\" she said . \".
\"There was no surprise.
\"Some coaches are trying to encourage these people and hopefully they will continue to come back.
Mark Santa Maria, 36, is a austerity coach in New York who teaches jumping Bosu
\"If I saw someone in my class looking like playing basketball, I would say, \'This is your jumper. Get up there!
\"For Tapio Vaskio, a 37-year-old Manhattan banker, he ventured into a full
The female dance class on Saturday, the coach let him relax.
\"It\'s a whole new thing for me, so I might feel a little more selfconscious,\" Mr. Vaskio said.
\"But the teacher made me feel very comfortable.
\"Don\'t use the fit, spandex --
Women wearing clothes have a natural appeal, especially for heterosexual men?
\"No,\" said Mark de la Vergne, a 27-year-old Chicago traffic engineer, avoiding classes at his gym, the Bally Total Fitness Center.
\"I don\'t need to worry about the girls staring at me.
Karl Bury, a 34-year-old actor, added: \"You won\'t go to yoga to pick up a woman.
You\'re too fragile.
\"As one of the few men attending yoga classes at the 85 th Street spring break, Sir
Bury has overcome his discomfort for five years.
\"I don\'t look around,\" he said . \"
\"It makes it easier. \"Boxing, Sure. Body Boogie?
Forgot to prevent men from attending classes.
\"The problem for men has always been to think that the collective gym means leotards and warm-up exercises,\" M. said in January . \".
Schroeder is the director of the national fitness professional organization Health and Fitness Association.
To increase male attendance, \"you will use words such as\" power \",\" intense \",\" drill\"Schroeder said.
Courses familiar with machines are also popular, such as treadmills.
In the advertisement, man\'s air conditioner
A class that focuses on the abdomen and lower back, at the New York Sports Club and other sports clubs across the country, www. mysportsclubs. com. POWERSTRIKE! -A kickboxing-
Karate classes are set for music, in the spring equinox, all over the country, www. equinoxfitness. com.
A conditioning class led by a professional boxing instructor, located at the printing house fitness and Racket Club, 421 Hudson Street, Manhattanphfrc. com.
An exercise on a treadmill in which participants wear weighted vests at Crunch across the countrycrunch. com.
They have no place beyond fear. A dance-
Basic courses in combination with jazz and hip hop
At Clay, 25, 14 West Street, Manhattan, hop and funk, www. insideclay. com.
Brazilian hip lift-
Under the leadership of the Brazilian
Born in Leandro Carvalho, Equinox in New York, this class includes exercises to enhance strength and flexibility. equinoxfitness. com.
A mix of ballet, touring training, Pilates and cardio, Crunch across the country. crunch. com.
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A class that combines martial arts, yoga, and dance elements at the Reebok Sports Club, New York, 160 Columbus Avenue, www. sportsclubla. com.
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