Originally Posted by Reggs
I enjoy the endorphin high from lifting weights, the better sleep that night, and overall if I have a good workout I'll be much more relaxed over the next two days.
Other than that I work out because I'm vain. I do think men are more likely to look other men over when it comes to having muscles. Women love a fit body too, but men are more conscious about it. I don't think it's sexual at all, but I think there is something primal about squaring up against another man. If I think of all the men I've butted heads with over the years, the ones that have been the most persistant have been taller than me, or while they may not have been muscular, weigh more than me. Guys also notice if girls want you. I hang out with a lot of nerds who are not really in shape, or the most well put together guys around, and if I talk to one of their lady friends or girlfriends, they start to feel very uncomfortable even if there is no flirting at all, and I have a pretty chill non threatening personality.
I think this has circular benefits because this stuff makes other men see you as kind of a leader, and if women notice that it will make you more attractive.
Your post made me smile because I totally agree with you on this.
Also, on the other matter, I do exercise for the sake of it. I am a fitness junkie one would say. I like all kinds of training. I lift weights, I do Body Pump, Body Attack, Grit Series, I jog, I do HIIT, I did yoga (didn't like it), I did pilates (I got tired of it), I swim when the weather is appropiate... and I do all that (and a few more things) just because I like to do it. I don't compete with others while doing so, or try to obtain a certain physique, I just enjoy myself and the atmosphere when doing so. Nevertheless, there is always a vanity component in all of this... I want to look (but mostly feel) good. I don't want Gregg Plitt's body (R.I.P.) but I do want an athletic, functional, good looking one... and that is not that hard to get, really.
For lifting weights I prefer to be by myself but for other activities I enjoy the collective classes, the overall vibe is usually outstanding. You even make new friends with some people you never thought you could be friends with...