Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Selfies in gyms: a quarter of people take them, 39% want them banned

Selfies in gyms: a quarter of people take them, 39% want them banned
August 2, 2015

39% of fitness club users think that selfies should be banned in gyms, according to new research from Les Mills.

Reopening the debate surrounding photography in fitness and recreation facilities, the Les Mills rsearch found that while one quarter of gym users take in-club selfies, 39% would like to see them banned.

Fitness selfies – sometimes referred to as ‘fitspiration’ – have become a significant fixture on the social media landscape, accounting for a sizeable chunk of the 17 million selfies uploaded to social media websites each week.

US-based Muscle and Fitness magazine even offer ‘Five tips to get the best gym selfie’, with the tag line “boost your confidence at the gym with these picture taking techniques.”

However, despite their popularity among sought-after youth demographics – and the fact that selfies often amount to free marketing for businesses – selfies and gyms have not always enjoyed a picture-perfect relationship.

In Sweden, gym chain Friskis & Svettis announced last year that it was banning selfies from changing rooms, citing concerns that potentially naked fellow members could also be unwittingly snapped in the photos.

In Sydney, the Lift Performance Centre, which opened last November, broke with convention norm and designed its gym entirely without mirrors.

Owner Cato Rutherford says it's about getting 'back to basics' so loud music, televisions and treadmills have also been banned.

The Lift Performance Centre in Sydney - not a place for narcissists.

Shortly after opening, Rutherford told Daily Mail Australia “'I think it's outrageous that people think they need a mirror to do a work out.

“It certainly bleeds into the idea people are just there to have a good look at themselves.

“I've seen people walking from one area to another and trip over because they're looking at themselves.”

Rutherford said people just assume you need a mirror when you're lifting weights to check 'your form', but he believes it can actually distract gym-goers from working out harder.

He explained “when people say you have to have mirrors to check your form, I disagree. It's only two dimensional - not much happens on the front, all the important stuff happens behind.”

Elsewhere in the leisure industry, a range of museums, art galleries, theme parks and entertainment venues have banned selfie sticks, prompting suggestions that gyms could impart certain restrictions – such as selfie free zones – to ease irritation among camera-shy members.

According to the Les Mills research, there are five common types of gym selfies. They include the 'proud' muscle-bound mirror selfie; the 'I am here' image to show that the subject is a workout regular; the 'acceptable' ones, where the subject tracks his or her progress and body shape; the narcissistic abs selfie; and the sneaky ones, taken when the photographer hopes no one is looking at them.

Click here to view Muscle and Fitness magazine's ‘Five tips to get the best gym selfie’.

25th February 2015 - PROMOTERS AND VENUES LOOK TO BAN SELFIE STICKS

21st January 2015 - NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA IN CANBERRA TO ALLOW ART SELFIES

14th January 2015 - NEW SYDNEY GYM TURNS AWAY FROM MIRRORS, MUSIC AND TV


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business