Fitness Craze: What Triggered It?

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  1. JohnDoe

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    The fascination with the male physique is well documented in the GB community. Among the str8 community it's more recent. But what do you think prompted it to emerge in the latter group? I'm asking because in my city it seems like having a nice physique has become a pre-requiste for (straight) guys looking for mates. So what do you think is behind this fad and do you think it will last?
     
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    I think it will always be important but it depends on who you are talking to. I like fit guys but I like men with a little extra (and by little, I do mean A LITTLE BIT EXTRA... can't be out here looking crazy lol) too. I appreciate men from having a bit extra on their bones to having like 4% body fat lol.
     
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    I agree. BUT straight guys have become very image conscious lately (whereas gay guys were always image/body conscious...lol). I'm just wondering if the ladies are demanding it ("Either you get chiseled or I'm ignoring you!") or is there something else going on?
     
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    Just look at all of these super hero movies of the past 15 years. Back in the 90s, you didn't have to have a nice body to be a leading super hero. They just covered you up in a muscular suit and bam. Now, actors playing superheros have the body to go along with the part. If girls are saying how hot Chris Pratt's or Michael B. Jordan's bodies look around dudes, they are going to try to emulate that if that's what it takes to impress them. In the past, many actors just had regular average bodies. Same with musicians.
     
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    I think we're too near-sighted with all of this. This is not a new phenomenon. The shift in fitness and "chiseled" physiques didn't begin with Instagram or with gay men, it really began back in the 80's and early 90s when guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger became icons. That's also when the gym membership and workout tape craze began. Can't remember which documentary I saw that showed the history of this, but they tracked how it all shifted from then on. Bobybuilding in general became more popular, leading to where we are now.
     
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    ... but it really became mainstream of late. So what explains the lag? My own theory is that the generation that grew up watching Arnold and others are living their childhood fantasy.
     
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