Online fitness community dispels anti-gay sports myths

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    May 21, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
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    dancerjack sends his regards to the RealJock community. He's asked that this article he wrote for a local newspaper be posted here for your viewing.
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    Contrary to what many presume, there is a large
    and growing online presence for gay men who are
    interested in sports and athleticism.


    What if you could group the sexiest athletic guys from Myspace into one place, make them all gay and then converse with them through email, live chat and blogging? You can! RealJock is one of the best organized and fastest growing online communities for gay men who are looking for advice about weight control, nutrition, flexibility training, cross training, aerobic activities, weight training regimens, boot camp vacations and social events. With well over 120,000 members from all around the world, it is a lively and diverse group of people who are eager to converse about exercise, fitness, dating, health and politics.

    Fitness technique and regimens
    The new user can become easily overwhelmed by all the information on this site. A good way to get introduced to the resources available is to look through the index of topics in the various forums. From there it is easy to surf through the various types of activities you might enjoy including in your workouts (and almost all are included, from yoga to rock climbing and group sports to meditation). Not only are there lists of exercises, there are also free regimens that focus on a variety of goals. Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, learn better swimming technique or understand how to do a proper push-up you can find descriptions with pictures — a new feature also connects users to YouTube videos of models doing the exercises while a narrator describes the proper techniques involved.

    Nutrition
    It is important to note that people have various nutritional needs because of health conditions and personal histories. With this in mind it is still possible to get reliable and accurate information by reading through the various topic threads. If you have particular questions about your own needs it is possible to post questions and start discussions.

    Blog threads
    Just about any branch of interest related to fitness, exercise and wellness are addressed somewhere on the site. Go to the forum and make the appropriate selections that will navigate you towards your topic of interest. In addition to branches for fitness, there are also branches for medical issues, socializing and a host of other themes.

    In addition to the regimens and the exercise-related illustrations there is also the community component of RealJock. Blogging is performed at an almost breakneck pace, with new threads receiving hundreds or even thousands of responses in the span of hours and days. The chat room allows for live connection to others and supports audio-video streaming. Private conversations are also popular.

    RealJock socializing revolves around creating, maintaining and bookmarking user profiles. Photos and personal information can be easily shared and it is common to learn through the blogs that whole groups of gay athletic friends have organized a party in their area for the local RealJocks. Aside from the prolific amount information about fitness and wellness, the ability to connect with other gay men who share a love of conditioning and athleticism is one of the most valuable functions of the site. Think you’re the only gay guy in the whole region who plays hockey, breeds ferrets, dances to Scissor Sisters (in private of course) and cooks vegan German food (is that actually possible?)? In all reality, you’re probably not…

    More important than the information or the socializing is the cultural shift RealJock caters to. Contrary to stereotypes that all gay men are in some way disadvantaged in terms of physical strength and prowess, RealJock shows that hundreds of thousands of gay men are not only able, but passionate about conditioning and competition. What’s encouraging about RealJock is the number of gay men there who are well-adjusted, healthy, strong, out, proud, sensitive, inclusive and intelligent. Gay men have always admired sports and the men who play them — leave it to gay men to find a way to turn that fervor into something as fabulous as RealJock.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 21, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    Awesome. Get ready for some fresh meat! icon_twisted.gif
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    May 21, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    zdrew saiddancerjack sends his regards to the RealJock community. He's asked that this article he wrote for a local newspaper be posted here for your viewing.
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    HOW DARE YOU CONTACT DANCERJACK BEHIND MY BACK!!! YES, I UNDERSTAND OUR NAMES BEGIN WITH "Z" BUT I THOUGHT WE MADE IT CLEAR TO EACH OTHER: "NO TRESPASSING"!!! AND HERE I WAS LAST NIGHT CRYING OVER MY JANET JACKSON CDs MISSING DANCERJACK. YOU OFFICIALLY BETRAYED ME, ZDEW!!! YOU CROSSED THE LINE!!!
    *ZiM speeddials StripperRocco's cell icon_evil.gif
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    May 21, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    he didnt mention LOLcats!!!

    funny pictures
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    May 21, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    LOL simmer down, Zimi-tard. icon_razz.gif

    He actually contacted ANOTHER quasi-retired member who tried to post it but couldn't. I'm just the back-up messenger. I wouldn't steal your man...remember, I'm only thdirty. You're (the) thdirty-fwhore. icon_wink.gif
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    May 21, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    Thanks zdrew for posting this, and thanks to Dancerjack for writing a thoughtful and well-written article. We will kill off the stereotype of the sports hating gay man yet! icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 21, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    I thought it was fantastic. Very well done. I'm glad to see this information out there. Hopefully we will add some quality new members.

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    May 21, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    My retarded computer does not permit me to start threads. It has to do with my ancient version of Windows and my even more ancient version of Internet Explorer. For those who have spent long sleepless nights wondering why I never have started a thread, this is why.

    Dancerjack asked me to post the article, and since I couldn't, I asked Zdrew to post it for him.

    End of mystery.
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    May 21, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidAwesome. Get ready for some fresh meat! icon_twisted.gif

    You are SO bad Shawn! I'm ready! well, for the old ones
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    May 21, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    eb925guy said[quote][cite]ShawnTO said[/cite]Awesome. Get ready for some fresh meat! icon_twisted.gif

    You are SO bad Shawn! I'm ready! well, for the old ones [/quote]

    well, maybe if you treated them nicer...
  • drakutis

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    May 21, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    Wysiwyg60 saidThanks zdrew for posting this, and thanks to Dancerjack for writing a thoughtful and well-written article. We will kill off the stereotype of the sports hating gay man yet! icon_biggrin.gif



    But can Dancerjack write and dance at the same time? HHMMM!!! icon_question.gif
  • Thirdbeach

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    May 22, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    His article forgot to mention the flame wars on the threads.

    And all the Cat photos.

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    May 22, 2008 1:19 PM GMT
    Thirdbeach saidHis article forgot to mention the flame wars on the threads.

    And all the Cat photos.



    The conflagration that is RJ? What flames? icon_rolleyes.gif

    bleh, he should just come back. Another member is also taking a break from RJ. *sigh*
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    May 29, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    *bump*

    Here 'tis, Caslon.
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    May 29, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Thanks, Z. You da man!
  • UncleverName

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    May 29, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    Thirdbeach saidHis article forgot to mention the flame wars on the threads.

    And all the Cat photos.



    Oh lord, the cat photos! Will they ever end?
    Dear god, please put a stop to the insufferable cat photos!!!
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    May 29, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidOh lord, the cat photos! Will they ever end?
    Dear god, please put a stop to the insufferable cat photos!!!


    cat
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    May 29, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    Great article...well written, articulate, easy to read and to the point. We should get all kinds of new meat...I mean new, hot and throbbing members....Hugz to DancerJack and his "Tech support team"!icon_cool.gif
  • UncleverName

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    May 29, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    caslon saidI can haz furgivnis?


    Oh, look at that cute face? How could I ever hate you? lol