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The Demise of Beer Gut Glory

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Jen, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Jen

    Jen Senior member

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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
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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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


    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.
     
  3. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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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
     
  4. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I do wish I was over 6", but nothing I can do about that.

    A little more info than we needed, thanks.
     
  5. whoopee

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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.
     
  6. javyn

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    How stupid, there are MUCH better things to lie about to women than exercise routine and weight !
     
  7. shoreman1782

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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.
     
  8. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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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.
    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...
     
  9. j

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    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.
     
  10. tangerine

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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.
     
  11. tiger02

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    Do you ever lie about your fitness level?
    No
    Absolutely. I have a J-Lo ass. Neapolitan suits do not.
    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
     
  12. benchan

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    Most gals won't care about the hard numbers anyway, and lying won't change their impression on whether you are fit or not
     
  13. freakseam

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    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?
     
  14. Impulse155

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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
     
  15. tiger02

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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
     
  16. JBZ

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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.


    You guys can squat automobiles? That's pretty cool. I attached a metal bar to the front bumper of my car so now I can curl it. It's only a mid-size, though.
     
  17. Joseph Casazza

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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
    I had friends who at 15 didn't even look like they had hit puberty yet, let alone developed defined muscles! Just keep exercising and give yourself some time. A little persistence and by 19 or 20 you might see what you're looking for!
     
  18. imageWIS

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    I've just admitted that I'm slim and will remain so. But, I am in good shape and so a lot of cardiovascular activities, I have been too busy to regularly go to the gym for a while now, but I have been doing crunches at home and I have a punching bag I regularly hit the shit out of. You can see the upper part of my 6 pack, but I can't seem to have the bottom part show; which I am sure has to do with my diet. I really should start biking again...

    Jon.
     
  19. Joe E Taleo

    Joe E Taleo Senior member

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    Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks?

    This may sound funny, but I always wished I had skinny legs so I could wear really skinny pants. A friend of mine is tall and thin, and skinny pants look cool on him. I can't even pull up a pair of boot cut olas past my thighs, and I don't know if those jeans are actually that thin.

    As I am now, losing some fat around my waist would be enough. I don't need a sixpack or any definition, just a little less fat.

    Oh, and I bench 1000 pounds. It might be a world record, but I don't know, who has time to check when running ultra marathons.
     
  20. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks?
    Constantly. I don't lie about it. Lying doesn't change anything, and I see no reason in that. But I am 5'10" and 130lbs. I don't know if I've ever run into beer guts as measures of manliness (I think that was before my time, really; even the frat boys wish they looked like ambiguously bisexual Abercrombie models now), but I do wish I weren't so ridiculously skinny, and once I've finally gotten through moving in two months, I am planning on embarking on a ridiculously ascetic training regimen for the next year and a half.
     

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