Models, Magazines & The Consumer

  • kuroshiro

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    Feb 01, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    I was going through an old box in my closet and I happened to find some old ass workout magazines from when I was in high school. I started thumbing through them to see what they had and I was a little shocked at what they were telling people just ten or so years ago:

    Men's Workout* Be Realistic. Unless you're in your 20s, have great genetics and plan on becoming a workoutaholic, you're not going to match the slabs of abs seen in this magazine. These guys are for illustrative and inspirational purposes only. Strive to get the best abs you can within your limits.


    Granted, Men's Workout always struck me as a magazine that was catered towards gay men, considering 80% of the models featured in it were gay porn actors, but doesn't this seem to be rather detrimental in hindsight? I mean, most publications are screaming "YOU TOO CAN HAVE ABS LIKE THIS!" and everything else under the sun, but I was a bit taken back to see a magazine flat out go "Hah! You'll never look like this!"

    A part of me misses the magazines of old... where they actually had detailed information with pics to assist instead of there being an advertisement for supplements every other page. Are we at that point where standards are almost set for people to fail?

    Granted, I still wish and hope that one day I can look like half the guys on here or in the mags, but I'm realizing my limitations as I creep closer to 30 lol.

    Thoughts?
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:12 PM GMT
    Well, the main problem with fitness mags is that the vast majority of the "fitness models" in the pics are on steroids...
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    I thought people only bought them to jack off to
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:19 PM GMT
    Kinda reminds of this..

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    Feb 01, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    xrichx saidKinda reminds of this..

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    I'd rather be the rhino
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    I'm aiming for fitness and definition. To me, too much bulk and definition doesn't look good, at some point it just doesn't look real.
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    Feb 02, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    I can't remember for sure which of those magazines that I used to take. But I remember they got a new editor and the workouts and recipes sections abruptly shrank to about two pages. The rest was all overpriced crap to buy and celebrity interviews. Even stories about new (fantasy) cars. Pretty much anything except health and fitness.
  • kuroshiro

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    Feb 02, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI can't remember for sure which of those magazines that I used to take. But I remember they got a new editor and the workouts and recipes sections abruptly shrank to about two pages. The rest was all overpriced crap to buy and celebrity interviews. Even stories about new (fantasy) cars. Pretty much anything except health and fitness.


    Hah isn't that the direction Men's Health is taking?