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The role of social capital and community belongingness for exercise adherence: An exploratory study of the CrossFit gym model

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posted on 2023-01-23, 12:11 authored by Jessica Whiteman-Sandland, Jemma Hawkins, Debbie Clayton

 This is the first study to measure the ‘sense of community’ reportedly offered by the CrossFit gym model. A cross-sectional study adapted Social Capital and General Belongingness scales to compare perceptions of a CrossFit gym and a traditional gym. CrossFit gym members reported significantly higher levels of social capital (both bridging and bonding) and community belongingness compared with traditional gym members. However, regression analysis showed neither social capital, community belongingness, nor gym type was an independent predictor of gym attendance. Exercise and health professionals may benefit from evaluating further the ‘sense of community’ offered by gym-based exercise programmes. 

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Published in

Journal of Health Psychology

Publisher

Sage

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Whiteman-Sandland, Jessica, Hawkins, Jemma and Clayton, Debbie (2016) 'The role of social capital and community belongingness for exercise adherence: An exploratory study of the CrossFit gym model', Journal of Health Psychology 10.1177/1359105316664132

Print ISSN

1359-1053

Electronic ISSN

1461-7277

Cardiff Met Affiliation

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Debbie Clayton

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Public Health and Wellbeing

Copyright Holder

© The Publisher

Language

en