Do you feel more of a MAN...because you Workout ?

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    For me I have to say yes. I never felt strong or important when i was in high school. I admit i did have low self esteem about my body compared to other guys that were football players. So after i graduated, i joined a gym, and started lifting. Today, I like who i am, and i think i owe much of that to working out and eating right. So my question is do you think gay men try to claim their masculinity through working out and bulking up with muscles.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:13 PM GMT

    I think the key here is just feeling better about YOURSELF!! It shouldn't matter if you are a man, woman or something in between.... working out is not only good for your body, but it improves EVERYTHING about you... your outlook on life, the way you carry yourself, your self esteem... there isn't a thing that working out or exercising doesn't improve!!!
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    I think the key here is just feeling better about YOURSELF!! It shouldn't matter if you are a man, woman or something in between.... working out is not only good for your body, but it improves EVERYTHING about you... your outlook on life, the way you carry yourself, your self esteem... there isn't a thing that working out or exercising doesn't improve!!!


    Amen! well said.
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    I guess the question would be better said, Do you feel more secure and confident about yourself when you work out, as opposed to more of a man. A man is not just made of his physical parts. Being a man consists of much more. Being a confident man also does not depend upon how you look. It is is relevant to the way you feel and treat others. If you're confident, you have no reason to put others down to elevate your own self worth. Being physically fit can assist in your self confidence and your self esteem. If you feel good about yourself, you are less inclined to feel bad about others.

    I work out because it makes me feel good, not because it makes me feel like more of a man.

  • wkout37

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    Sep 26, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    do you think gay men try to claim their masculinity through working out and bulking up with muscles. ?

    My answer would be no. being gay and being masculine are not two things that would be contrary. I believe that I have met many straight men that are very feminine and viceversa. In my case I started working out as part of a training for waterpolo team during highschool. And even when I knew I was gay I never felt less of a man for that or for being very slim (I have always been very slim).

  • CityGuy2007

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    Sep 26, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    I work out after work and it's mainly to vent the stresses of work that I do it, plus I feel better afterwards. This is like an oxymoron from my point of view in that I'm comfortable being the man I am, if I felt like I needed to be 'more' of a man I'd feel like less of a man if you catch my drift...
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    When we work out, especially with heavy weights, our bodies react by producing more testosterone, which explains the 'feeling more like a man' response. And maybe for some of us who never felt validated as a man before because of how society sees us according to their stereotype of how gay men are, weightlifting somehow gives us that satisfaction.
    I also agree with the responses of the gentlemen above me. At the end of the day, its what you feel about yourself and what you do to improve your well being that matters.
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I definitely feel better about myself when I work out regularly. Do I feel more "manly"... hmmm. Not so sure. More confident: DEFINITELY. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I always feel great each time I'm coming out of the gym (or getting out of the pool after doing my laps, when I swim). I've been working out with a very similar routine ever since my H20-polo days in high school and college. Do I feel more like a man because of working out? I'd say yes. I feel alive, happy, healthy, at the top of my game.
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    I think so, because many people react positively to that, or with some respect. When I told some people that I "try" to workout everyday they said "wooow."
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    No I don't but I do like to look! Since I do have sugar in my blood and my blood accout went from 405 blood sugar to 140 blood sugar for few monthsalot of working out. True I STILL have more to really come down in my blood account as well mine build too! It just take time that all!
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    Both really...less of a fat man and more of a muscle man.

    Going to the gym is the only thing that has kept me sane (ish) for the last three years. Being a man is what I carry inside though, it is who I am. The gym makes me a manly man....lol.

    And very, very horny.
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    Sep 26, 2010 5:10 PM GMT
    Ha…I feel more masculine, because I like shooting my gun and getting my 4WD stuck in the mud.
    I feel more feminine, because I care so much about how my body looks to other men…seriously, do you think you would try so hard if you were straight?
  • neosyllogy

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    Sep 26, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Yerrepandy said
    Friendsrbetter said
    I think the key here is just feeling better about YOURSELF!! It shouldn't matter if you are a man, woman or something in between.... working out is not only good for your body, but it improves EVERYTHING about you... your outlook on life, the way you carry yourself, your self esteem... there isn't a thing that working out or exercising doesn't improve!!!


    Amen! well said.


    ditto
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    Sep 26, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    ABSOLUTELY!

    Does working out make me feel stronger, more capable, more agile, more athletic, more competent and confident? Yes, it does. No doubt about it.
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    Sep 26, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    A little bit....but...it makes me feel good, as well, and that's why I've done it for 35 years....

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  • nv7_

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    Sep 26, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    No.
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    Sep 26, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    nv7_ saidNo.
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    Looks like she probably does. icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 26, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
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    Sep 26, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Joshieboi said For me I have to say yes. I never felt strong or important when i was in high school. I admit i did have low self esteem about my body compared to other guys that were football players. So after i graduated, i joined a gym, and started lifting. Today, I like who i am, and i think i owe much of that to working out and eating right. So my question is do you think gay men try to claim their masculinity through working out and bulking up with muscles.


    No. I'm a man because I have a dick and 2 balls. For me, it's just that simple.
  • mybud

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    Sep 26, 2010 8:04 PM GMT
    Nahhhhh.. I feel I'm a better man because of it.....BUD
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    Sep 26, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    Everyday that goes by that I workout I feel like less of a man because of the lack of results.
  • jgymnast733

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    Sep 26, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    Na, nothing turns me on more than a smart man....the muscles dont really matter ......
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    Sep 26, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    A1EX saidEveryday that goes by that I workout I feel like less of a man because of the lack of results.

    Aww, how could that be? icon_sad.gif

    Is your diet sabotaging the time you spend at the gym?
  • Abc123456

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    Sep 26, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
    I donno... but it sure makes me smell like a man... hahaha ;)