Paul Heilker and the Wade King Rec Center: Genre

Paul Heilker, a professor, wrote about what he thinks “genre” entails. He thinks of genre as “…human-created artifacts; they are technologies in that sense” (24). This means that any object essentially can be a genre. At the Wade King Rec Center, every piece of equipment can be seen as a genre. From the treadmills to the weights, it all brings forth a different expectation or experience.

  • The treadmills were very clean and taken care of. This shows how the people who use the treadmills respect them and take care of them. This sense of cleanliness made for a less-gross workout.
  • The treadmills were all very close together which made for a bit of an uncomfortable situation. Being able to smell the person next to you makes you feel a little constricted.
  • The mats were dirty and a bit firm. Although dirt isn’t something you necessarily want to see, it showed usage.
  • The mats were very crowded and to use them, you want to be comfortable with people watching what you do.
  • The weights were heavily occupied by men. As a woman, if I wanted to use them, I would probably want to have a good amount of confidence.
  • All of the equipment is in a public place. To use any of it, you have to go to the specific building it’s in and dedicate time out of your day. You also have to share.
  • All of the equipment is lined up in an orderly fashion. Although the machines are close together, you will have to be right next to the person you want to talk to if you want to talk to anyone in this setup.
  • The treadmills are all very stable. No wobbles in the track and the touch screens aren’t finicky and are easy to use. This shows another way that the equipment is taken care of. There is no “janky” piece of equipment that people at the gym avoid; they all are the same and are consistent. To use this, you will need to be okay with consistency.