"The Cult of Pysicality -- NYTimes

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    Sep 25, 2011 4:42 PM GMT

    Henry Cavill trained there for the upcoming "Man of Steel" Superman movie.



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    Sep 25, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    I was about to read the article(s), but then I got too distracted staring at the hot bald guy getting ready to deadlift...nom nom nomz!

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    Sep 25, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    I read this article the other day. It was fascinating to me how they conduct membership. I don't blame them for taking the Hollywood money (tough times, do whatcha gotta) and slightly admired their recoiling from that spotlight.

    The workouts sound like torture and their website gave me a headache with its weird design graphics.
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    Sep 25, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    A really interesting article and perfect for this site!
    Why is the latest trend/fashion in working out so harsh and militaristic?Maybe it`s part of a larger,disturbing movement in society,more and more brutal and unforgiving in it`s intercourse?
    Hollywood`s ever more hyper-real,comic book depictions of idealized male physiques? The guys in '300' were astounding in their physiques;overtly homoerotic.
    The parallel world of online games?
    Or maybe it`s ten years of constant,up close and personal, wars on our television screens;a hymn to all things 'authentic',down and dirty,ultra-masculine,military,and agggressive/warlike?The wars that just go on,forever wars,background to everything else?
    Lots to think(and feel!) on.
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    Sep 26, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    Lincsbear said
    Why is the latest trend/fashion in working out so harsh and militaristic?

    I had a discussion about this with a few of my friends. Here are some of my thoughts....

    I'm no historian on physical culture, but I've read a few books and enough articles and web forums from other fitness sites to get some perspective. It's my understanding that today's fitness industry is more concerned about physique than actual fitness - the body's ability to perform physical tasks. If someone tells you that they're "athletic", I'm willing to bet my left nut they're talking primarily about their physique rather than their physical abilities.

    Perhaps so-called "harsh" and "militaristic" workouts just seem that way in the context of today's overly physique-based "fitness" industry? Pick up any run of the mill fitness magazine and what are they filled with? Articles on how to get bigger arms, bigger shoulders, six pack abs, and killer calves. Heaven forbid we see an article entitled how to get STRONGER arms, STRONGER shoulders, STABLE cores, and EXPLOSIVE calves. Perhaps the fitness industry has undergone "pussification" (as a buddy of mine so eloquently puts it) to the point where the mere thought of pushing one's body to the limit ("limit" being when injury is imminent) is absurd?

    One of the bigger criticisms I hear about CrossFit (after all the iterations of "It's too dangerous!") is that trainers and coaches have been using similar ass-kicking training methods for years. I was even surprised to learn that bodybuilding competitions back in the day used to have both a physique component AND a feats of strength component, and somewhere along the line, the feats of strength component was actually dropped altogether! icon_eek.gif

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    Sep 26, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
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    Sep 26, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    Wildtype,I think you`re right about this emphasis on appearance rather than fitness.It`s all over our societies.We do seem to be moving from a literary culture to a visual one.It brings me back to Hollywood/television/online-computer games.How far are they reflecting a trend,or are creating one? The movie '300' was amazing just to look at,never mind the men`s bodies!

    We are very visual creatures and whatever people say,I`d bet most of us like to be complimented on our appearance,even though it`s vanity mostly.This must shape our culture,but technology may be amplifying this feature of our nature.

    I suppose the bigger question is why has the fitness industry`s concern shifted from true fitness to one more based on sheer appearance?Is it following society,responding to demand from people?Does simply larger muscles/definition,etc. take less time to achieve than deep,lasting fitness/athleticism and people nowadays want fast results for what they`re paying for?

    In Britain we`ve seen the rise of the 'health and safety' culture these last twenty years or so.I wonder if that interest on physical safety makes training regimes like Crossfit,etc. look extreme (even though they were mainstream in the past)?At the same time,is the demand for these hard schemes a reaction to too much safety?

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    Sep 26, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Oy. Fucking. Gevalt.
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    Sep 26, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    I wonder if his legs are really ripped and stout like that.