Originally Posted by epb
That's certainly your right as a citizen, but it's always a bad idea to assume that everyone's as shallow as you.
It's not shallow to have vanity be your #1 goal for exercising, and it is incredibly safe to assume that it is the most powerful motivating factor in compelling otherwise sedentary people to act. That said, some people take weightlifting as a sport and getting huge/lifting huge is an ends rather than a means. Personally, in order of importance: - Vanity: it also increases self-esteem and confidence which are all kind of tied together - I enjoy it. Though it is impossible to estimate how much I have conflated actually enjoying the process and feeling satisfied that I am accomplishing something. - It gives me a literal high. I have noticed myself looking forward to workouts and occasionally trying to fit more in, I believe I am moderately addicted to it at this point. - It combats depression - Strength - I can't quite understand why someone would actually care a great deal about their nominal strength, outside of competitive lifting and receiving validation from others (which is just vanity). But I don't mind it. I would say for health but I believe that weight-training beyond moderate weight offers no health benefits yet many potential risks.