GYM FREAKS ARE RUINING MY WORKOUT AMBIANCE

At the gym the other day there was a guy next to me, maybe around 25, who was lifting his shirt in the aerobic area to check out his body in the mirror, unable to wait until he got home. He had a six-pack and maybe 5% body fat.

How often do guys with six-packs actually get to show it off? There are maybe three months each year that is suitable for going to the beach or pool. Even if you go at least once every week, that’s only twelve times. Since getting a six-pack is pretty damn hard unless you have the genetics (two words: black men), why put in all that effort?

“‘Cause ladies love it.”

The only time she is seeing the product of your countless hours of working out and diet monitoring are in the bedroom, with the lights off, after she already decided to sleep with you. Better time would be spent reading something like a history book — maybe then you can have more things to talk about besides your project management job.

And then there are the ‘roid monsters who look like they were created in a laboratory. Other than at the gym, when do they actually use those muscles? They can lift a car for two seconds but can’t run a mile without having a heart attack. The only two thoughts going through their brain are if they look good and when their next protein feeding is. The bigger the muscles a man has, the lower his self-esteem. “Oh no I plateaued, these supplements aren’t working!”

Maybe I’m bitter because my hairy coat doesn’t show off my muscles like the Abercrombie models. Or maybe I take a practical approach with a goal of health instead of cosmetic excess. Eating right and working out is the best investment you can make: take care of yourself now to have less have problems later. But if you are stepping in to the gym to try to impress people, or if your life resolves around the gym culture of exaggerated grunting noises and ThermoSpeed energy drinks, you need to work on few other things first — in your head, not on your body.

33 thoughts on “GYM FREAKS ARE RUINING MY WORKOUT AMBIANCE

  1. holiday

    How often do guys with six-packs actually get to show it off?

    As often as a Harvard grad takes the opportunity to remind you that they went to Harvard. lol

    I agree with you. With exercising, the goal should be health not vanity. That is a great byproduct, but some people border on excessiveness. I’m naturally slender, but have been completely unhealthy for most of my life. I’ve recently started running and exercising and my friends keep pointing out that I don’t need to bother. Sure, I feel genetically blessed, but it doesn’t last forever and there is nothing wrong with trying to be healthier.

  2. Sweet

    That’s exactly why I stay away from the gyms around here. The vanity people have, and the meat market feel is too much. Plus I’m lazy.

  3. KassyK

    I’m with Sweet, I recently lost all my cig quitting weight I put on last year and the way I’ve done it is by eating better (being lucky to have a fast metabolism hasn’t hurt) and excercising outside–the way nature intended, not in some sweaty, nasty, germ infested market. I hate the gym. Gross.

  4. Q

    DCB – I think you’re missing an important contribution of those muscles to your game. Women don’t actually have to see them to get turned on. I’m really not a very visual person when it comes to feeling attracted to men, but how a man’s body feels to the touch is extremely important. I’ve gotten weak in the knees simply from resting my hand on a muscular chest or a firm pair of biceps. It’s sexy to think that a man is strong enough to literally sweep you off your feet. So having a toned body may help tip the your target’s scales of judgment in favor of getting it on.

    I’m totally with you on the gym rats & ‘roid monsters, though. I am actually grossed out by pictures of over-built body buiders. All those bulging veins – EEWWWW! Do whatever form of exercise you enjoy, stay healthy and toned, and creat opportunities for women to rest a hand on your arm or chest. We don’t have to see it to discern the quality!

  5. Virgle kent

    Being that I?m one of those guys who ?has the genetics? that you speak of, I should say that I do take my six pack for granted. It?s been there so long and I?m so used to it that now it?s like its supposed to be there like the ?other part of my body? thanks for drawing me like that and I?m flattered you?ve been looking, a little creped out though.

    Anyway I should say that flexing in the mirror in public is pretty damn gay.

    Also to me hitting the gym has nothing to do with getting girls, it?s all about me. I?ve been doing it for so long and it?s become so routine that it?s like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. The gym is my fortress of solitude and the only time during the day I get to think and actually relax. In terms of fashion or exercising I would never turn to a woman to tell me what looks good or how I should look. Fuck that beta noise.

    On the other hand I haven?t met a girl yet that told me she didn?t like ?the 6 pack?. If a girl ever told me I was too big I?d have to laugh in her face because obviously she?s never seen a body building competition and anyone who has knows at 175 I?m way to small and about 95 lbs too light to be considered too big.

    But then again I would have no right to make fun of fat chicks or complain about women gaining weight if I myself had a huge beer gut and let myself become a fat ass.

  6. Roissy

    for a great “natural” glute and legs workout try running the billy goat trail in under 40 minutes. it’s a very white thing to do.

  7. John Anthony

    Well, actually, if you are in college and live in a Dorm as I do, you get to show off ur abs all the time. You can simply walk around shirtless in the halls and flex with every step to get attention from the sweet whores to get laid every other night (cant do every night–gotta study ha)

  8. O-face

    Since getting a six-pack is pretty damn hard unless you have the genetics (two words: black men), why put in all that effort?
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    Bwhhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahaha..

    I was watching Oprah yesterday and she had on this doctor who was telling the audience why people stink or sweat more. Basically he said genetics and evolution plays a part and that people of African descent sweat more than other people and have bigger sweat glands. He also said that Asians have small, almost non existent sweat glands and thats why they never seem glossy. But I thought it was interesting. Oh he said people who stink actually don’t stink but have very aggressive pheromone producing glands in the armpits and genitals. Thats why it always smells weird their and that its actually your bodys way of trying to attract another mate. My irrelevant post of the week….

  9. DC_Cookie

    Although guys with hot bodies are lovely to look at, if a guy needs 6 creases along his abdomen to impress a woman he has issues. Personality is 90% of the game; rock solid abs…simply an added bonus.

  10. John Anthony

    Well sure its all game but hey–the 6 pack adds to the abs—personally I am not afraid of the cold and prefer it (im in NY), so when it snows i get out in a orange scarf and my cheapo levis jease and oakley glasses shirtless showing off my abs and bod in snow ball fights across campus

  11. hedonistic

    Roid monsters. EWWWWWWWWWWWW. ICKY. Besides, I can’t be with a guy who’s more vain than I am, that’s MY job.

    I like a muscular, almost sinewy man, but nothing excessivly pumped up or extreme.

    Bottom line: Put off the vibe of being healthy and active and you’re catnip to both genders.

  12. dmt

    I think your missing another point. Going to the gym is a great way to bond with your friends. If your going to talk the shit with a few friends for a hour or two a day anyway, might as well get in shape and build some confidence while your doing it. Besides, in mondern America, we all have the time to keep in shape if we prioritize it. As for abs, having a 6 pack gives guys confidence, and even if she won’t see it until the bedroom, it helps to guarentee repeats.

  13. hedonistic

    (sound of loud game show buzzer)

    DMT, you’re high. Most women would take a soft belly, a patient tongue, and a positive bedside manner over a selfish sixpack ANY day of the week. Trust me on this.

  14. dmt

    A six pack, a patient tongue, and a positive bedside manner aren’t mutually exclusive. And do you honestly think most women prefer a soft belly? That sounds like beta male talk to me. Maybe the type of women actracted to weak, out of shape blobs like a gut, but that says more about their problems than anything else.

  15. dmt

    Ha, apparently I’ve been high for quite a while, but anyway, I know it’s not the only thing, but clearly a superior body doesn’t hurt. That, along with satisfaction and other aspects, determines future hook ups.

  16. Anonymous

    What’s the fascination with having a 6-pack, arms, abs, or legs, or whatever. People confuse looking athletic with being athletic. I’d much rather play sports and have muscles developed as a result of increased speed and strength. If you go into a gym and tell the trainers you want to train like say Santana Moss of the redskins, they’re clueless. They know nothing about sports performance. Instead they live in the two-dimensional world of bulk and tone. Guess I just don’t understand this desire to simply look athletic from a gym, build this muscle, make that muscle larger, etc. Seems very beta.

  17. Minx

    I love men who take care of their bodies. So what if they are vain for doing so – it’s funny because the only people you will find complaining about a man with a six pack ARE THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE ONE. You know, the typical, slovenly frat boy Arlington sort of guy with a cap on ass backwards, a remote control in hand, mismatched shirt and pants (usually not even tucked in), and a beer in the other hand.

    Sorry but having a beautiful body you’ve worked hard on is a sign of discipline. That is sexy.

  18. dmt

    All i can say is that I feel vindicated that a women agrees with me. A guy with a gut can say all he wants about women not wanting nice abs, until a women says they do. And it’s not like lifting weights and running don’t make you a better sports player. They’re aren’t many sports where being stronger, faster, more agile doesn’t make you better…except being beta.

  19. Anonymous

    There is a difference between a beautiful body and athleticism. A lot of muscle-bound gym rats aren’t too coordinated. If you have a gut your explosiveness would take a hit, so it goes without saying you need a flat stomach and strong muscles to play sports to the best of your ability. Lifting weights to improve athleticism is fine, I do that and I recommend such. But working out to get a beautiful body to have women vindicate you sounds indulgent and weak, very beta.

  20. dmt

    lifting weights is fine, as look as you control your diet and run/jog too. Only the “He-Man Beast” who never run actually hurt their ability to play sports by working out more.

  21. alex

    men are known to always want to be the best they can be. So why do most people on this forum seem to think different. i have never seen any thing in my life that needs as much commitment as body building.This some for you all belly loving nation if a real body builder moves next door to you,
    you better start looking for a new home caz we going to take your girl, that is if we want to. Thank God most of us do live like that. You are under our mercy. Thats how bad we got it. believe me, I see it every day.

  22. Anonymous

    only skinny guys say bigger stronger guys are a waste of time or unhealthy, its called jealosy its surrounds the world, put the hard work in for once and you may get what you want

  23. Anonymous

    “working out to get a beautiful body” again that poster is jealous because he is either too skinny or fat and does not want to put the effort in, probly has self esteem issues and should get to the gym to feel good about himself

  24. Justin

    quote What’s the fascination with having a 6-pack, arms, abs, or legs, or whatever. People confuse looking athletic with being athletic. I’d much rather play sports and have muscles developed as a result of increased speed and strength. If you go into a gym and tell the trainers you want to train like say Santana Moss of the redskins, they’re clueless. They know nothing about sports performance. Instead they live in the two-dimensional world of bulk and tone. Guess I just don’t understand this desire to simply look athletic from a gym, build this muscle, make that muscle larger, etc. Seems very beta.
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    I am very well developed in size in muscle and strength in the gym, i eat healthy, and i play many sports, and i wouldnt lie that it does feel good when you get a lot of comments on your body and personality, you gotta have the full package im tellin ya, and if God is on your side you cant lose!

  25. Justin

    also majority of women that go for out of shape guys are also out of shape themselves, i said majority not all, but just think about it, it makes a lot of sense

  26. rickkcir

    The real issue, is you ;( All the issues that you bring up could be debated seperately… however, the fact that they bother you makes me believe it may be time to do pushups at home and run around the block at night?

    Or… get a wax job on that hair, cut back on the beer, and maybe someone will be blogging about you? 🙂

  27. Schnarf

    The only people that go to the gym for its ambiance are the ones who stress about energy drinks and products. They’re the ones that are only serious about buying into the lazy pop a pill or slimfast culture, rather than understanding what a proper work out session is. Folks go to neon gyms, overloaded with cardio equipment, race each other on treadmills for a few mins, do some bicep curls or bench presses and crunches and think that’s a work out. They don’t know what they’re doing and they spend near half their time talking or on their mobiles. People that actually know what they’re doing and go to the gym for a specific purpose don’t obsess about supplements because they know it’s not shakes that make you look better, it’s honest consistent effort and applied knowledge. Not just a bit of this and a bit of that. I’ll let you in an a secret: it’s the MAJORITY that go to the gym that knows next to nothing about correct training that are wasting their time and should be reading a history book. Some of them probably are reading, while they’re “working out”. If you go the gym have a purpose, you’re not the President, your life won’t end if you turn your phone off. The problem with gym culture are the “pencil necked geeks” that waste their and our time there. Most people go to the gym to make themselves feel better, not to necessarily achieve anything, and THAT is what is wrong with people at gyms today.

    As for the ab flasher, the chances are stacked that the people messing about like this and flexing biceps with their friends are not the ones who are serious about training or actually know what they’re doing. If you know what it takes because you understand it beyond the superficiality, you are humble not insecure.

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