In this work, I reflexively outline my experiences of researching white, working class British male gym-users as an ethnographer. During my research process, I adhered to the definition of a level three ethnographic insider, articulated by Giazitzoglu and Payne (2018, forthcoming). Two broad questions guide this article. First, how did I managed to create a third-level insider position in the field, especially through my own embodiment and gym practices? Second, what can others learn from my experiences; particularly in relation to the practicalities of research ethics, data analysis and the emotional consequences of leaving a research-field where one has belonged?


Bodybuilding/Gym-Culture, Ethnography, Insider Ethnography, Third-level Insider/Giazitzoglu and Payne, Masculinity

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Andreas Giazitzoglu is a lecturer at Newcastle University. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: andreas.giazitzoglu@ncl.ac.uk.


Thanks to the editor and reviewers at The Qualitative Report, who helped me develop this work (and latently Giazitzoglu and Payne's work).

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