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The Demise of Beer Gut Glory

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Evidently men are now as concerned about their body image as women, and even go so far as to lie about their weight and exercise routine to their friends and partners.

Do you ever lie about your fitness level? Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks? What is replacing the "beer gut" and bicep as symbols of manliness, or is manliness itself passe?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4812276.stm
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Originally Posted by Jen
Evidently men are now as concerned about their body image as women, and even go so far as to lie about their weight and exercise routine to their friends and partners.

Do you ever lie about your fitness level? Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks? What is replacing the "beer gut" and bicep as symbols of manliness, or is manliness itself passe?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4812276.stm

I wish I had squarer shoulders and more angularity in the face, but that's about it. I also wish I had my six pack back, but am unwilling to give up excessive consumption of butter and the chicken fingers and taters I had for lunch today (um, tasty...). I am literally running (and rowing and lifting) to figuratively stand still.
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Frankly, I suspect that some members of the Forum exaggerate their fitness level when bemoaning their inability to buy OTR suits. A drop 12 is Men's Health-cover quality, and requires 2-3 hours per day in the gym. I'm happy with my decent-shape, size 40R physique -- makes it much easier to buy things (although no luck in finding deals in outlets and eBay!). I do wish I was over 6 feet tall, but nothing I can do about that.

EDITED for embarassing typo that j caught
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I do wish I was over 6", but nothing I can do about that.

A little more info than we needed, thanks.
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My body has always made it hard to buy good RTW (wide square shoulders fit a 40, 38 chest, 30 waist) but lately I've been appreciating it in bespoke. I would like a couple extra inches in the legs to balance out my torso and push me into that 6' 2"-3" range which seems just about ideal to me. Also the bowing of my calves makes it hard to wear slim trousers and maintain a nice line. I have a low body fat percentage but would always like more tone. Happy with the face. Maybe slightly bigger eyes and a sharper, nose. And I guess some, ahem, extra size would also always be welcome since I'm not John Holmes, but I'm pretty damn pleased with myself overall.
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Evidently men are now as concerned about their body image as women, and even go so far as to lie about their weight and exercise routine to their friends and partners.


How stupid, there are MUCH better things to lie about to women than exercise routine and weight !
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No doubt, I sometimes would like to be shaped different in order to fit into certain clothes. For the record, I'm 5'10", 42R, average shape, certainly not down to fighting weight.

Things I'd like to wear, but can't:

1. Denim/denim cut jackets; really any kind of jacket that hits at the waist. The make me look ridiculously broad up top.
2. Very thin material/fitted t-shirts. Tend to be tight on the upper arms, and I don't want to look like I'm trying to look tough.
3. Slim/noticeably tapered pants/jeans. Just look ridiculous.
4. Many high-end suits. I need a very middle of the road shoulder. Anything too natural/unnatural doesn't flatter.
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
Frankly, I suspect that some members of the Forum exaggerate their fitness level when bemoaning their inability to buy OTR suits.
That's weird, why would anyone do that? Anyway, I'm 6'3". Swimmers build (swimming All-American, and US Olympic Water Polo team). Can bench 2x my weight and can squat a small automobile. I run a 4 flat in the 40yard dash, and last year, I ran a sub 2:15 marathon in the last leg of the Ironman. I also hold two belts in three international mixed martial arts competitions. As a result, I find that fitting into OTR suits can often be a challenge. Hate to do it, but I'll probably have to go bespoke...
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Originally Posted by Renault78law
That's weird, why would anyone do that? Anyway, I'm 6'3". Swimmers build (swimming All-American, and US Olympic Water Polo team). Can bench 2x my weight and can squat a small automobile. I run a 4 flat in the 40yard dash, and last year, I ran a sub 2:15 marathon in the last leg of the Ironman. I also hold two belts in three international mixed martial arts competitions. As a result, I find that fitting into OTR suits can often be a challenge. Hate to do it, but I'll probably have to go bespoke...
Same, except, large automobile.

Plus, I pretty much eat a large pizza and drink a half rack for dinner every night. Czech models throw themselves at my feet wherever I go.
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Same, except, large automobile.

Plus, I pretty much eat a large pizza and drink a half rack for dinner every night. Czech models throw themselves at my feet wherever I go.

Same, except Estonian models.
post #11 of 64
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Originally Posted by Jen
Do you ever lie about your fitness level?
No
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Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks?
Absolutely. I have a J-Lo ass. Neapolitan suits do not.
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What is replacing the "beer gut" and bicep as symbols of manliness, or is manliness itself passe?
Manliness is not passe, but it has changed. Some say for the worse: women are allowed out of the kitchen, Ah-nold keeps his clothes on, and Boy Scout leaders get sent to jail for running circle-jerks. Now you have to start a war if you have penis envy.

Tom
post #12 of 64
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Do you ever lie about your fitness level?

Most gals won't care about the hard numbers anyway, and lying won't change their impression on whether you are fit or not
post #13 of 64
Hey, folks, it doesn't matter. Don't lie. You'll be better for it. Lie? For who, whom, or what? Who are you and what are you about? Yes, I'm saying I'm finding it very hard to find the last time I lied. It feels good. Why bother? I ain't perfect, and I'm trying to do better, and I've certainly got things I'm working on, but, lying shouldn't be a concern of any mature adult. edit: Be a man, don't lie. It may end up as opinion (not that that is any less "true"), but, still, that's better than BS. And, just to be sure, be a woman. Don't lie. It may end up as opinion -do you not feel that, at least sometimes, you are beholden to an idea, much like men, in certain (or most) circumstances, that "truth" isn't the primary "goal"?- but, still, that's better than BS. Where does the pendulum swing?
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Well...im 15, and i do all the work i possibly can to get a skinnier stomach, but it never works. Im a guy thatll run 5 miles a day, play sports, do crunchers, do leg lifts, anything to make myself lose a few inches yet if i do lose an inch, itll take about 2 months
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Dude, you're 15? I didn't realize that. Give your body time to develop--you don't hit your physical peak until 27 or so. I give you credit for making the effort, just don't get too bent out of shape and don't do anything that's going to have adverse health effects later in life.

Tom
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