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Offline buginme2

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Are you superhero fit?
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:32:52 PM »
This article in Men's Journal

http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/building-a-bigger-action-hero-20140418

Got me thinking about how American men now view fitness and athleticism. It used to be that women's bodies were objectified...now it's really men that are objectified. 

Do you feel pressure to "keep up" or maintain with the pack?  If you do, is it an even play field?  I work out every fucking day and while I'm fit I'm not Captain America fit...which according to the article is understandable since everyone in Hollywood seems to be on steroids and hgh and testosterone. 

Funny how what is considered ideal and attractive changes over time.


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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2014, 06:14:24 PM »
my entire life i've been super fit, somewhat addicted to endurance sports, and the endorphine high. losing that has been particularly humbling since i've been DXd

never tried for bulk, always lean swimmers build, and man did i have one, tan to go with it

advantage is, when you've had it, the cut never goes away, even sick, i look wiry and sinewy. i can get it back when i'm able, maybe not marvel superhero, but nonetheless. i think everyone should strive for the highest level of fitness their bodies can achieve

« Last Edit: April 22, 2014, 06:23:38 PM by zach »
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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 06:34:43 PM »
Were did you pic go zack ? . You do seem super fit and anyone would be proud to take care of themselves as well as you have  . I was super Mario fit for awhile but lost the gut and improved my eating habits, feel lots better for it  .

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 06:39:16 PM »
 ::) thought maybe it was arrogant, pretentious, i dunno, thought i got carried away
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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 06:49:41 PM »
::) thought maybe it was arrogant, pretentious, i dunno, thought i got carried away

Modesty does not suit you ... Im 52 and just starting to get abs for the first time but Im past my sale by date for pic posting . As long as there is no nudity post them if you got them .

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2014, 06:55:21 PM »
::) thought maybe it was arrogant, pretentious, i dunno, thought i got carried away

Well you thought wrong.  That pic of your chest got my heart to a fluttering.  (need emoticon that denotes lust)

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2014, 06:58:02 PM »
OK Ford ... I have seen you looking at this thread ... show us what you got . For scientific reasons only of course . 

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2014, 07:07:32 PM »
tell you what... bod pics, lets see em everybody, then i'll follow
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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2014, 07:13:29 PM »


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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 07:15:44 PM »


I've pretty much gone to hell in a handbasket over the past year...sigh.

Ps- yall like my toilet?


But you have lost SOME weight and that is to be applauded .

Offline AusShep

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 07:21:14 PM »
I've pretty much gone to hell in a handbasket over the past year...sigh.

Ps- yall like my toilet?

And........  You've officially scared me off from posting a pic in this thread 

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 07:21:55 PM »
Are you superhero fit?

Why, yes... yes I am.

Wolverine (2) by GSOgymrat, on Flickr

Kidding... and I don't look like that at the moment. Today was my first day back to the gym in two months. I torn my left oblique abdominal muscle and it has taken this long to heal. I've been working 60 hours per week, under a great deal of stress lately and not being able to workout has made things difficult because exercise is my primary stress relief. I am really, really happy to be exercising again because my other tools for stress management don't work as well as exercise.

I don't feel pressure to "keep up or maintain with the pack." I might feel differently if I was single and felt the need to impress someone, or if I was an action star and someone was paying me millions of dollars to look crazy fit. Staying in shape for me at this point is about maintaining bone density, avoiding a heart attack or stroke and preventing cancer, diabetes and mental health problems. Sure I want to look my best but I'm really just trying to stay healthy and challenge myself. My father is 90 years old, still walks a half mile a day and is sharp as a tack. I think his commitment to exercise has a lot to do with that.

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 07:29:48 PM »


I've pretty much gone to hell in a handbasket over the past year...sigh.

Ps- yall like my toilet?


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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2014, 07:53:43 PM »
Poor guy has to give himself a reach around just to pee .

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2014, 07:54:22 PM »
Cary Grant aged well and it wasn't about an age-defying buff body.
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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2014, 07:59:09 PM »
I was watching the new season of Mad Men and Jon Hamm is still sexy and hardly buff.

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2014, 09:02:54 PM »
I was watching the new season of Mad Men and Jon Hamm is still sexy and hardly buff.

Jon Hamm is super charismatic.

Offline buginme2

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2014, 09:45:14 PM »
I was watching the new season of Mad Men and Jon Hamm is still sexy and hardly buff.

Yes but Mad Men takes place in the 1960's. 

Like the article mentioned its ok not to be buff in a period piece but not a current piece.

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2014, 10:33:56 PM »
There was once a thread on here called "Utter Narcissism" that was quite fun until one particular person came roaring in and um...bottomed out the thread by posting like 50,000 pics of himself.

Now that would be overdoing it and going overboard, but otherwise I thought it was great because most of us get pretty down on ourselves, our appearance, etc.  It was good to have a thread that highlighted our fabulousness.

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Offline AusShep

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2014, 11:06:40 PM »
There was once a thread on here called "Utter Narcissism" that was quite fun until one particular person came roaring in and um...bottomed out the thread by posting like 50,000 pics of himself.


Ok, found it, going through it now. http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=14186.0

So many [attachment deleted by admin] ...  :(

Offline tednlou2

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2014, 12:09:34 AM »
I use to be very fit.  I would run the 5 mile loop around the park a few times a week.  I got to where I could do it without stopping, and I smoked then.  I was lifting weights and had my arms and chest big.  Need to get back to some of that.  I just pulled a muscle reaching down into a box.  It was a tall box, though..lol. 

Feeling pressure and speaking of narcissism-- Well, I do have some friends (all gay men) on Facebook who will post they are at the gym.  They will post, "Ass Day, Chest Day, Arms Day, Cardio Day, etc."  And, they post pics of themselves in the mirror.  While that is soooo annoying and narcissistic, I do feel pressure.  One friend bulked up.  He can post a period and get 200 likes.  He posted a pic of his car all washed, saying it needed it because of all the pollen.  Well, the pic was mostly him and you could barely make out the car in the background. 

So while I find their posts dripping in narcissism, I can't help thinking I do need to keep up.  I just promise to not post 100 body pics a week and all my check-ins at the gym.

Edited for spelling

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2014, 09:14:07 AM »
I just pulled a muscle reaching down into a box.  It was a tall box, though..lol. 

Don't feel bad, Ted. Want to know how I tore my oblique abdominal? I sneezed. I sneezed and took myself out of the gym for two months. Aging sucks.

PS. It could have been worse though. A friend of my partner was walking along a beach in Mexico with her husband and he sneezed, had an aneurysm and dropped dead.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2014, 09:16:33 AM by GSOgymrat »

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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2014, 09:28:10 AM »
One of the worst back injury's I had was from getting into the car and sitting down . I don't know how it is for other guys my age but in my case it just takes one wrong move and I can hurt myself . 

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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2014, 10:24:08 AM »


I've pretty much gone to hell in a handbasket over the past year...sigh.

Ps- yall like my toilet?

Look how small the water closet door is....oh my. 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2014, 10:37:11 AM »
I've never had a desire to be superhero fit, I'm more of a supermodel fit kinda gurl. :o 

Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2014, 10:45:32 AM »
I really hate this thread and that pic
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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2014, 04:24:34 PM »
I really hate this thread and that pic

I should have titled this thread as something else.  It didn't really go the direction I anticipated.  I thought the article I posted was rather poignant with regards to changing norms in America on what is acceptable regarding a mans fitness level.  The article focuses on Hollywood and how in most studios today unless the person is playing a period piece (say Jon Hamm in Mad Men) they better be in great shape (and HGH, Steroids, T - shape, not "I go to the gym" in shape).   The Cary Grants of the past no longer exist. 

I wondered if this could be extrapolated to everyday life.  Is it the same in Corporate America?  In "your corporate America." 

Can you get ahead if your obese or even overweight or average?  Is there pressure where you work/live/love?  Do you feel like you live up to the standards of the current day?

There have been studies that good looking people are more successful than not.  I think this plays into that as well.  If someone is interviewing for a job and they are overweight and in competition with someone who is very fit who wins?






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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2014, 06:26:36 PM »
You work out everyday. Why don't you share your feelings and experiences in this area. Seems like you are asking a lot of general and open-ended questions but not expressing your personal experience.
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« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2014, 06:58:03 PM »
I should have titled this thread as something else.  It didn't really go the direction I anticipated.  I thought the article I posted was rather poignant with regards to changing norms in America on what is acceptable regarding a mans fitness level.  The article focuses on Hollywood and how in most studios today unless the person is playing a period piece (say Jon Hamm in Mad Men) they better be in great shape (and HGH, Steroids, T - shape, not "I go to the gym" in shape).   The Cary Grants of the past no longer exist. 

I wondered if this could be extrapolated to everyday life.  Is it the same in Corporate America?  In "your corporate America." 

Can you get ahead if your obese or even overweight or average?  Is there pressure where you work/live/love?  Do you feel like you live up to the standards of the current day?

There have been studies that good looking people are more successful than not.  I think this plays into that as well.  If someone is interviewing for a job and they are overweight and in competition with someone who is very fit who wins?

1.  I would never equate Hollywood to "norms" in America.
2.  I see no evidence of being fit giving anyone an advantage in my corporate setting.
3.  I have hired many folks and physical appearance hasn't played a role (at least, I hope not -- I suppose some folks could be sub-consciously prone to slant one way)

Again -- Hollywood does NOT equal the real world -- now or ever, me thinks.

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Re: Are you superhero fit?
« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2014, 12:55:44 PM »
How could a thread aptly titled not go off in our own warped dimension? 

This topic encompasses so many issues that it's too broad to focus too deeply upon.

I'll try and address a couple of my initial thoughts.

1)  Do gay men have an almost obsession in external appearances?  Of course!  But so do straight men.  Not sure when the tide turned, perhaps men got tired of dying as soon as they retired.  I see men in general being concerned with being healthy in addition to looking good. 

2)  Who determines what constitutes a healthy look?  I've seriously enjoyed observing my close family members posting pics and commenting about how much weight they've lost since Winter.  It occurred to me that a lot of this is family dynamics and a system of attitudes and beliefs.  Isn't necessarily wrong until it creates an unrealistic problem for one of the participants.

3)  An opinion; humans are simply an educated species of animals.  Many of us are driven by an internal sex drive.  Dogs and cats have no shame in doing it in front of the world in bright sunshine.  We're different simply because of societal norms.  :)  and evolution.  lmao

4)  edited before I posted as I don't want to appear slutty. 8)

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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2014, 12:19:32 PM »
As with a lot off things its at the extremes where we see the harm done.

If you have had close contact with the extreme through work or personal health and have a half way decent analytic brain then the title off Men,s Health " becomes reaally funny and subject to a , what I think is called in the USA a class action for lying bullshit.

Narcissism Nights would be a good alternative.

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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2014, 06:16:22 PM »
::) thought maybe it was arrogant, pretentious, i dunno, thought i got carried away

Fuck all this other crap, I WANT TO SEE THE PIC ZACH! 
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« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2014, 08:55:38 AM »
Fuck all this other crap, I WANT TO SEE THE PIC ZACH!

My Spring is in the air , wonderful , now Zack be the gentleman you are and satisfy this Lovely  Ladies request.
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« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2014, 02:09:42 PM »
Fuck all this other crap, I WANT TO SEE THE PIC ZACH!

I do believe that Miss Betty is right -- I mean how can we provide the proper advice/support if we don't have ALL THE FACTS!!  Pic please.......   and not a little avatar one -- thank you for your cooperation!

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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2014, 06:55:10 PM »


I've pretty much gone to hell in a handbasket over the past year...sigh.

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