I'M ASHAMED!

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    Dec 09, 2007 10:45 PM GMT
    I am concerned that society has become too sensitive about showing muscle development or even an athletic build. Remember that bodybuilders were once prohibited to wear "Speedo-like" trunks when posing (compare the 1950’s to today). Remember that the original Olympians competed naked...to show their muscle development. Today, if you show a little butt (glut development) in a shot or while posing, someone usually complains (if you’re a guy they do).

    I'm not saying that we should all expose ourselves in a blatant sexual manner (creating offense to some), but all should be reminded that the human body is a work of art and is not obscene.

    As the human race evolved, covering the body became less of a practical function when needed, and more of a required masking. Originating from a handful of religious radicals, the male and female "attributes" became labeled obscene. The mind-set continued to be cultivated by those in power, evolving to where we are today; ashamed of our bodies and feeling a need to cover/mask ourselves.

    Although the human body is beautiful and an incredible model from God, great artists like Michelangelo have fallen prey by having to change their artwork due to ridiculous thoughts of others. After Michelangelo had painted his great work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Pope ordered him to modify and cover all male/female attributes. In resentment, Michelangelo was forced to paint ribbons of cloth over all attributes. Instead of glorifying God’s creation, the church cultivated the mind-set that we should be ashamed of our body’s features by masking it.

    It is the programmed social discomfort with gender-specific parts of the human anatomy that exposure, partial exposure, or even suggestive displays are titillating, tantalizing, and often arousing. If gender-specific attributes were not deemed so shocking, we wouldn’t be so sensitive; after all, residents of nudist facilities are rarely publicly aroused once they have acclimated to their surroundings.

    Although there is gradual desensitization in today’s society about male/female attributes, the masking of our bodies in most situations still holds-true today. Think about the next time you may be in the gym locker-room walking to/from the shower, your mind is programmed to wrap a towel around yourself. Why? Are you ashamed? Is there any more of an appropriate environment to not have to wrap a towel around you? You can see the result of hundreds of years of programming (brain-washing) by society that the body should be masked.

    To those who workout to get a better body (honoring it), I believe it is our duty to help de-sensitize society. Understand that bulges, breasts, a penis, or a butt-crack is a natural part of human anatomy...it is not an obscene thing!

    If you believe you see a guy's penis and balls in their shorts, so what!? It's OK. It is simply human anatomy; it's OK...it's not obscene. Similarly, if a bodybuilder shows his glutes (ass) in a pose, should you scream that he is being indecent, obscene, or revealing too much? NO! He is showing the muscle development. Somehow shoving the back of his posing trunks up his crack is OK, but wearing a thong is not. The thong apparently shows "too much." Too much what...muscle? Folks need to calm down and not be so uptight...it's just the human form, appreciate it!

    I encourage all to be more accepting and realize that the body is not something to be ashamed of, especially from those who honor their bodies by being fit. Be proud of your development; and moreover, allow others to be proud too.

    I find it hypocritical when guys approve of women wearing thongs while posing, but if a guy wears a thong, he is called a derogatory name or other insult-intended comment. I dont hear guys yelling at the women in thongs as Lesbians! You probably see the hypocrisy and male insecurity by guys believing that any male-male admiration is homosexual. Even if it was homosexual, if the intent is not blatantly sexual, then so what!

    In my opinion, male bodybuilders should pose in "string" thongs....nothing sexual about that, just exposing as much of the body/muscle as possible while also respectfully covering the penis/balls (to satisfy insecure people or radicals).

    In a related topic to being ashamed of your body, I implore guys to PLEASE wear clothes that FIT! You workout in the gym to build a good body, so wear clothes that compliment your build and features!

    Too many wear crap that is two sizes too big. Fit bodies should have fit clothes. Shirt-sleeve seams should ride on the shoulder, not mid-arm. Jeans should fit...complimentarily, not baggy making you look like you have almost no ass. Similarly, shorts should be comfortable and enhance your features, not come down to your knees and double as a skirt.

    Understand the psychology behind why most wear over-sized clothing; when we were growing-up, Mom would buy us over-sized clothes because we would quickly grow into and out of them. Thus, subconsciously during our impressionable development years we have been "programmed" that wearing over-sized clothes is normal and correct; it is not normal or correct while an adult.

    Now that you are an adult and are not growing dramatically, you need to de-program yourself and start wearing clothes that actually FIT your body properly and compliment your features. Don't give the impression that you're ashamed of your body by masking it in drapes of cloth. Wear clothes that compliment your body and enhance the features that you have worked so hard for in the gym!

    I’m not saying you should always wear painted-on clothes, but you should wear shirts and pants/shorts that compliment the features you work so hard for and (honestly) admire in others.

    In the gym, I wear cut-up shirts as tank-tops so that I can see my muscle movement and also reduce body heat (prolonging my workout). Over time, I’ve noticed that more-&-more guys at my gym are wearing similar cut-up shirts; proving my point that it takes a spark to light a fire for others to become de-sensitized and join in wearing workout shirts that encourage their build. You too can help light a spark, if you can get over your own insecurities to conservatively wear what everybody else is wearing; until someone else breaks the cycle.

    In the gym, if you want wear tight spandex during a workout...do it! Honestly, it does feel good (not necessarily sexually) to wear spandex-like shorts in the gym. The freedom of movement and support is appreciated; ergo, why they are worn by many athletes (track, football, etc.). Have you noticed that athletes are not ashamed of the form-fitting? They don’t wear shorts over their spandex-like shorts, like so many insecure guys; looking goofy.

    It reflects poorly on a guys mental outlook (insecurity) when he wears shorts over his spandex shorts, along with looking silly. Now please don’t misunderstand, I’m not one of those who have a spandex fetish, Im just saying that you should wear workout clothes that feel good and are functionally advantageous.

    Do you have the courage to wear spandex shorts in the gym? What excuse pops into your brain-washed mind? Hopefully you see my point how you yourself have been unfortunately programmed to be ashamed of your body; you should change that, you can have control over your own fears and insecurities.

    If you try spandex-like shorts and appreciate the feel/support, don't be ashamed that your bulge shows or your ass shows too much...be thankful it does! YOU (stress: YOU) should help set the pace by wearing clothes that enhance your features. Remember, do NOT be ashamed of your body! Help break the inane cycle!

    ***This post cut-off the rest of my article. To see the rest, go to: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/AustinGemini/
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    Dec 09, 2007 10:55 PM GMT
    My friend Dean (RIP) said they used to have glute contests when he was in prison. LOL!

    Nothing better to do in the pinta but workout, get tattoos, show off your glutes, and punk chomos.
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    Dec 10, 2007 12:55 AM GMT
    This is why I prefer Europe people are not as uptight about the human body over there as well as a whole host of other things
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    Dec 10, 2007 1:35 AM GMT
    A picture speaks a thousand words. I dress for performance, and comfort, and to some degree (LOL) hotness. If they don't like it, too bad.

    Here in The South, people are two things: fat, and fucked up by religion. To bad. I'm not from The South.

    I love being sweaty, pumped up, in the zone, and making the mind-body connection. Just like being gay / bi, it's a non-issue. It's not my issue if someone else is threatened by it.


    My standard workout attire:
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    If you prefer a movie, here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRwpvOiIVbM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwr8rn5ayiU

    And, finally, making the mind body connection doing leg extensions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGZEyxx-eNA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOkqdk6AXNk

    Initially, some folks kinda' do a double take on me, but, now, like the other day when I was pulling deads..."time for that outer shirt to come off" I hear
    over to the side of me.

    The end result:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrqEknrnj8Q
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    Dec 10, 2007 6:54 AM GMT
    Some Americans do seem very hung up about their clothes. When I was in Miami a few years ago all the straight guys would wear big baggy shorts. What's the deal with that?
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    Dec 10, 2007 7:46 AM GMT
    Unfortch, it's the trend among the majority of Americans. It doesn't matter if the person is developed, a little rail or overweight, I see people wearing huge clothes all the time. And yet whenever I try to find a Small shirt I get no luck.

    But yes, I whole-heartedly agree. But I will also admit to wearing the basketball shorts and a shirt where something is wrong with the shoulders. It'll be fixed in time, I hope.
  • Kevin82

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    Dec 10, 2007 8:09 AM GMT
    I don't know. If it doesn't look good keep your clothes on. I've been to nude beaches and it's just kind of scary...very discovery channel.

    Austin you by all means get as naked as you want.
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 10, 2007 12:10 PM GMT
    Back to the 70'S. Everything during that era are sexy, showing off and figure hugging. Remember the bell bottom jeans with very tight fitting and bulge showing zipper. Man, the ass are supper tight your can really see the outline of the underwear. Man unbutton two or three button of their shirt, showing off their hairy chest and muscular chest. Facial hair like long sideburn and long hair and thick mustache added to the muscularity. Guys go to the beach wearing swimming trunk that barely enough to cover his penis. Disco mania is in the air. Sex are wild, free and abundance

    What do we got now, baggy pant, long pant and short to go swimming in the beach. Short hair like some school boys. Sex are dangerous with AIDS and HIV infections.

    Bring back the carefree days of the 70'S
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    Dec 10, 2007 2:36 PM GMT
    Austin!!!! You the man!!!!!

    Couldn't agree more!
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    Dec 10, 2007 2:46 PM GMT
    i think baggy clothes are a gangster or gangster wanna be thing.
    AustinGemini thanks for your comments i love being free. Thanks for the pep talk.
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    Dec 10, 2007 2:52 PM GMT
    Gangster... or gansta?

    When i think of a "gangster" i think of well fitted, expesive suits, dark italian sun glasses, and pretty decent bodies (I try not to think of the Marolon Brando Godfather types... but the young cappo types). And i think that a well tailored suit certainly compliments a well honed, or even not so well honed, human body. That's WHY you tailor a suit.

    Droppy pants and all that "thug" look... eh... not REALLY my thing. It's alright for the waist band of a guys underwear to show a la Abercrombie... but over done wanna-be rapper... eewwwww
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    Dec 10, 2007 2:58 PM GMT
    I wonder if I am in the minority here... I kinda like to wear sweatpants and a longer t-shirt to the gym. Part of it has to do with the fact that they are clothes that I don't mind getting all grimy, but also it keeps me from getting vain and obsessive about how I look when I should be working out.

    Maybe it's just me.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Dec 10, 2007 3:11 PM GMT
    I personally agree with Austin (Go Gemini's!), but it's important to be considerate of others as well. There are most certainly some women and/or straight men at the gym who might not necessarily want to see every outline of your penis. (Clearly most of US would, but hey we're all on a gay fitness site so duh!)

    The same goes with the body odor and cologne threads too. Sure some guys go for a musky manly scent, but not everyone--so it's best to take a shower and use some deodorant to not be offensive.

    Honestly Austin is a pleasure to look at, and his body is one which should be sculpted into marble and appreciated for art. But let's be honest: the majority of men have guts or flab that most of us would rather NOT see...
  • GQjock

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    Dec 11, 2007 11:51 AM GMT
    If you have the body and you do it right?...Go for it
    The problem is a lot of the guys don't on both counts and it's a little ... scary icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 13, 2007 9:15 AM GMT
    Baggy clothes are for fat people.
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    Dec 13, 2007 11:00 AM GMT
    we have so many contradictory attitudes to our bodies which i've always found bizarre to say the least. the obsession with 'covering up' in the locker room versus for example taking a piss stood next to another man at a urinal. standing there in such close proximity holding your dick? we have many where i work without dividers. am i allowed to look down at my own dick because if i do i might just see the guy's next to me!?!

    anyway, you have a beautiful body austin and you should show it off.
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    Dec 13, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    dakukanyway, you have a beautiful body austin and you should show it off


    Show it off?! Hell, he should himself out for parties! He can mingle with the guests in a Speedo.
  • SpartanJock

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    Dec 13, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    Amen! Praise AustinGemini!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    My gym used to have a 'no sleevless' policy, until recently, that I just couldn't wrap my head around. You couldn't wear a tank, sleeveless muscle shirt, etc., and for some reason that included not wearing only an 'undershirt'????? They were too worried that someone might be offended by seeing someone's muscle. icon_eek.gif
    Personally, I find it inhibitory to work out in oversized clothes. They restrict my movements too much. I would love to watch Austin during his routine, and get some 'pointers' on how to dress. LOL
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    Dec 14, 2007 3:25 PM GMT
    ...or maybe what to undress!!! I would love to see Austin as an "original Olympian"....Austin is hot!
  • Jericophantom...

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    Jan 16, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    So right
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    Hey Austin you can flex for me any day!
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    AustinGemini saidI am concerned that society has become too sensitive about showing muscle development. Remember, bodybuilders used to not be able to wear "Speedo-like" trunks when posing. Remember that the original Olympians competed naked...to show their muscle development. On many sites, if you show a little butt (glut development) in one of your shots, someone complains and it is pulled.




    Let me do you a favor. Send all your photos in various states of undress to me that you are thinking of posting to sites. I will be more than happy to inspect them all and give you my opinion on whether or not they will get by censors.icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    I just put on whatever i have that's clean.
  • timmytwister

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    Jan 16, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    AustinGemini saidwear clothes that compliment your features, not mask it!


    Guys at gay clubs tend to "show it off" well. I think most straight guys are terrified of being mistaken as gay by women, and being teased by their buddies. So they deliberately go baggy and sloppy, even if they have great bodies.
    Boils down to homophobia.
  • jsl67

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    Dec 10, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    I remember when I first started going to the gym, I was this really skinny guy and wore gym clothes about five sizes too big. I specifically did it because I didn't want others to see how out of shape I was. I think this is the general mindset with a lot of guys: Hide what you don't have. The problem is many guys start putting on muscle and looking good, yet still find themselves in the mindset that they should go with what they're used to. Unfortunately, what they're used to is baggy clothes that hide all the hard work they've put in.

    I second what AustinGemini states: Wear clothes that compliment your features; don't mask it!