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ONLY 110 DAYS LEFT UNTIL SUMMER (so get that body snatched)!

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Boys To Men: Remember little Jonathan Lipnicki from movies like Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little? Well, guess what? He’s back and he’s no longer a little boy anymore. That’s right! As Tom Cruise screamed “show me the money” in Jerry Maguire, I’m shouting “show me the body”!

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Richard Florida reports on America’s fittest cities – the answers may surprise you.

'Roid Rage: I have a good friend who happens to run a blog here on Tumblr called The Leading Blacks. He told me about a very interesting documentary released in the summer of 2008 called Bigger, Stronger, Faster which shined a spotlight on a man’s number-one best-kept secret: anabolic steroids. The reason why this documentary struck a nerve, and was brought up in the first place, was because of a recent weekend trip I took to G Lounge—a popular gay nightspot in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. 

A friend of mine and I entered the lounge which happened to be teeming with a majority of men who were, in my honest opinion, on anabolic steroids. I swore when I inhaled the air I would never have to exercise for an entire year. The men—both patrons and employees (bartenders, go-go boys)—had bodies of Herculean proportions and/or were cut even better than Michaelangelo’s David. I looked around and knew deep down inside that I wasn’t “in Kansas anymore”.

Men’s bodies on average, even in a cosmopolitan city like New York, don’t look as amazing as seventy-five percent of the men at G Lounge that night. I informed my friend that everyone was clearly on [anabolic] steroids. I mean, how else would everyone in that room achieve such Adonis-like proportions? But, he looked at me as if I possessed a third eyeball in the middle of my forehead. “You honestly really think so?” he replied. And that’s when I suddenly understood that steroids are the gay community’s “800lb gorilla”—and believe me, there were many well-developed gorillas in the room that night.

Take a trip to New York’s Fire Island Pines—a very popular beachside gay destination off the coast of Long Island. Go during the prime-time summer season and you’ll think you’ve accidentally stepped into a mass photo shoot for Men’s Health. I’ve gone many times and the men who inhabit this “gay-getaway” redefine a whole new meaning to the military term “shock and awe”. Look at the men in Hollywood, especially Twilight: The Movie’s Taylor Lautner, American Psycho’s Christian Bale, Prince of Persia’s Jake Gyllenhaal and the upcoming Captain America’s Chris Evans. Some of their roles demanded for them to get into “perfect-condition” in a very short period of time. Also, don’t forget about the male fitness models staring at you from the covers of Men’s Fitness, Muscular Development and Muscle & Fitness. If you don’t think anabolic steroids had anything to do their physiques or any other example I’ve provided in this paragraph then think again.

The documentary Bigger, Faster, Stronger answered many of my questions regarding steroid’s effect on American culture and its influence on the insecurities of male vanity. The film even changed my perspective about anabolic steroids: I would never consider using them, but I no longer consider them to be a drug—something the U.S. government would like for the American public to believe. But, the film paints an even bigger picture: [anabolic] steroids are just another extension of American society’s greed for instant gratification. Or you can rightfully agree with a YouTube commenter’s summarization of the film:

"People say this movie is about steroids. Well, I say it’s about that and much more: it goes much deeper. It analyzes our society, our people, how we see ourselves, what we expect from our children (to be number one), the lies of the mass media. It’s the truth. It’s a movie about showing some real facts, something VERY UNCOMMON.”

To view the entire movie via YouTube, click on part 1:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11

Get Me Bodied: A “Details subscriber” is a tongue-in-cheek term I use for straight men who I believe to be “closet-cases”. Like an “elephant-in-the-room”, Details magazine is speaking to a self-identified heterosexual male who pretends he’s not attracted to other men. To further prove my point: their March 2011 issue is devoted to the introduction of their brand-spanking-new Body Section—an easy excuse to provide their readers with much-needed masturbation material.

On another note: Details is doing something pretty major by featuring male models Sean ‘O Pry, Arthur Kulkov and Noah Mills on their March 2011 cover instead of an A-list celebrity. When was the last time a model, especially a male model, graced a cover of a mainstream American fashion magazine? Kudos to Details for hopefully relaunching a possible new direction in an over-saturated celebrity marketplace!

Butt Camp DVD

If you thought you couldn’t get any gayer than Olivia Newton-John in Let’s Get Physical than get a load of Butt Camp. I mean…words can’t explain.

"The new masculine ideal is trim and not thin, muscular but not top-heavy. To achieve this physique, many guys are adopting an unlikely approach: women’s workouts." - Kayleen Schaefer

Photograph by Eric Ray Davidson for Details

Perfect abs put off lots of people because it makes them feel insecure about their bodies. You can’t live in the gym forever. Take care of yourself, be healthy but realize you will not be loved long term because of a hot body alone.

Details Magazine Article (via michaiandnicholai)

What’s really causing you to gain weight? Is exercising a sham? Are fruits and vegetables really good for you?

With so many trendy diets and breakthrough new-age health lifestyles launching everyday, you’ll never know what is actually good for you. But, according to controversial nutritionist Zoe Harcombe, she apparently has the answers in her new book The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How We Can Stop It?

She caught up with the New York Post’s Cynthia R. Fagan to debunk some health-related myths:

Myth: Veggies and fruit are more nutritious than any other food.

Greens are good only if they are slathered in butter in order to deliver the fat-soluble vitamins they contain. Sugar in fruit gets stored as fat in the liver.

"You don’t need to push them on your kids; they are not as nearly as full of vitamins as meat, fish and egg."

Myth: Losing weight is about reducing calories.

"If you cut 500 calories from a 2,000-calorie daily diet, you will lose weight at first." But the body will compensate and turn down its metabolism to reduce energy and use fewer calories.

Myth: Starchy foods should be the main part of our diet.

Pasta, bread and grains turn into sugar in the blood, which is unhealthy. It forces the body to release insulin, which stores fat, in order to get the glucose levels back to normal.

Myth: We should exercise to combat obesity.

"It will only cause you to get hungry, and your body will crave carbohydrates, which causes weight gain." It’s better to walk regularly and control what you eat.

Myth: Fat is a definite no-no.

"Real fat from natural foods is good. Eat only what nature grows."

"Stop grazing and snacking. Go back to eating three good meals a day and manage your carbs if you want to lose weight," Harcombe said.

Chris Evans, Entertainment Weekly (November 2010)

It looks like someone opened a can of whoop ass in the form of steroids! Chris Evans clearly worked his body on out for his latest role in the new action flick Captain America, opening summer 2011. Here he appears in the November issue of Entertainment Weekly, treating us to a sneak peek!

A friend of mine and I would always joke about how some people may appear skinny but aren’t in good shape. We’ve always said that “just because they’re thin doesn’t mean they’re healthy.” A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic confirms that people who look fit and lean might actually be “fat” and be at risk for the same diseases obese individuals are prone to. My friend and I refer to it as “skinny fat”, however. In scientific terms, it is called normal weight obesity.

This article is interesting because it states that if your lean muscle percentage is higher than your body fat percentage then you’re considered to be in great shape, however. If it is the other way around then you need to get back to the gym.

I hope a study like this doesn’t make insecure people even more uncertain about themselves. We live in a superficial society where people think they have to look a certain way to be accepted. Females and gay men especially are prone to this ideal and I hope a scientific study like this doesn’t make things worst. At the end of the day, I guess this is where intelligence and self control come into the picture.

I chose to get into shape and the shape I chose was round.

Roseanne Barr on fitness.

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