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    Default Fitness and the Male Body Image

    Recently, a friend of mine found amusement in my feeble attempts to physically sculpt my body with some tenuous weights. To console me, I was provided with a new set of ample dumbbells and a newly installed pull up bar. I have been working scrupulously with his newly proposed workout plan. While I strive for a consummate workout, there are areas that I would like to isolate and focus on. This leads me to the crux of the post.

    A question for all MBTI members regarding the male body (addressed to both genders):

    Which areas of it attracts your attention the most?
    Feel free to elaborate as to why and how this is so. Do you prefer it to be smaller, bigger, purple, green, more defined.... explain. If anecdotes are necessary, help yourself -- and me.

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    I'm not sure what the women think, but I'll chip in my few points.

    1. If you develop some muscles and not others, it looks silly.

    2. You can only work any given muscle so hard before it needs time to recover, so there's no benefit to specializing unless you just want to make your workouts shorter. But then, see point one. If your friend has you doing twenty different lifts to hit every muscle individually you can probably streamline that quite a bit with compound lifts.

    3. Both size and definition are good. If you're skinny, bulk then cut.

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    skinnny weist and hips on their own is attractive.
    definition in the upper body defiatley helps. just try to have angels in your body, so this doesnt nessarily mean have a jutting six pack.

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    Haha I'm not attracted per se, but on other guys I notice chests, shoulders, and arms... mainly because that's what I need to work on as my main source of exercise this winter has been yoga.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feops View Post
    I'm not sure what the women think, but I'll chip in my few points.

    1. If you develop some muscles and not others, it looks silly.

    2. You can only work any given muscle so hard before it needs time to recover, so there's no benefit to specializing unless you just want to make your workouts shorter. But then, see point one. If your friend has you doing twenty different lifts to hit every muscle individually you can probably streamline that quite a bit with compound lifts.

    3. Both size and definition are good. If you're skinny, bulk then cut.
    I gotcha, except for "compound lifts." What exactly are those?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edge View Post
    skinnny weist and hips on their own is attractive.
    definition in the upper body defiatley helps. just try to have angels in your body, so this doesnt nessarily mean have a jutting six pack.
    Okay skinny waist, I figured that much. Hips, really?
    Also, is it just me, or are six packs disgusting? I really do not want a six pack, I figured just a slim waist with well developed chest, back, and obliques are more than ample. There's just something about six packs that look emaciated and unhealthy to me. I'm sure most people would disagree. What are you thoughts on that?

    Also, I was thinking about legs. How important are the legs to all of you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    I gotcha, except for "compound lifts." What exactly are those?
    Full body stuff with a range of movement that hits multiple muscle groups. Squats for example.

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    For a physique that is really nice to look at (think Michelangelo's David) the main points are the shoulders, lats a slim torso and well developed calves.
    Also the triceps (especially the long head) and the forearms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    For a physique that is really nice to look at (think Michelangelo's David) the main points are the shoulders, lats a slim torso and well developed calves.
    Also the triceps (especially the long head) and the forearms.
    Lol, ah yes the classically desired body type and proportion. Just for fun, my friend asked me what celebrity I would model my physique after. My rejoinder was that this would be a good start, lol:


    Damn, and my forearms aren't exactly the envy of other guys. They are so skinny, as are my wrists.

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    I guess the picture didn't come up. But it was supposed to be a picture of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    I guess the picture didn't come up. But it was supposed to be a picture of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
    Daniel Craig has also has pretty well developed traps.
    What kind of workout are you doing?

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