Publication Date

Summer 2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Kinesiology

Advisor

Theodore M. Butryn

Subject Areas

Kinesiology

Abstract

CrossFit is a high-intensity exercise program that has expanded globally over the lastseveral years. Its minimalistic approach targeted at multiple aerobic and muscular strength domains make it accessible and applicable to populations with limited space and equipment, such as overseas military installations. Despite several studies examining the motivational factors of individuals engaging in CrossFit, research is scant on the motivational factors of military participants participating in CrossFit outside of their formalized operational training. Additionally, there is no specific literature on female military participation in CrossFit. This study quantitatively explored the participatory motivations of 15 female U.S. military service members who choose to engage in CrossFit as an adjunct to required training. Results are discussed within the context of the literature on motivational theories and military masculinities. Results suggest that participants view physical fitness, facilitated by CrossFit, as an important and necessary tool in successfully navigating the traditional male-dominated system of the military as females.

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