Nowadays, to say anything about the body is seen with bad taste. For example:
If you flex to much, it is seen as vain and sinful.
Due to our Christian-Judeo morals and ethics in America, the body is seen as bad, evil, and to be untrusted.
Yet the irony is that in America, we glorify the body. We glorify swimsuit models, bodybuilders, and superheroes in movies. Can you imagine Batman or Superman being the average ‘skinny fat’ American? Or can you imagine Wonder Woman without her muscles and strong form?
Thus the strange bias:
In the media (TV shows, movies, films) or things that aren’t ‘real life’, we love and glorify the human body. But in everyday affairs, we look at the body with part scorn and hate, yet desire.
But what if we returned to more robust Ancient Greek ideals — which glorified the body (the ‘arete’ notion of Ancient Greece)– in which to reach the apex magnanimous version of being a human, one had to excel both in spirit and soul *AND* their body.
No body, no life.
When I was a kid, I was the typical skinny kid, then when I was around 11-12 years old (when living in New York) I got really fat (my mom was busy working all day, and thus I got addicted to eating Hot Pockets). A funny story — one hot humid night in New York (summer), I had to put Vaseline under my double chin in order to fall asleep, it was so sticky.
But anyways, one day I was sick and tired of being fat, and being called fat. I started working out, and eventually put on muscle, got rid of my fat, and have not stopped until this day. So I know it sucks being bulled and being called fat and fat shaming and all that. So this is what I will say:
Fat shaming is terrible and cruel. Yet there is a hierarchy of body compositions and body types.
For example with the male form (and female form), typically having more muscle mass and less body fat is ideal.
The reason why I think to love the body and human shapes and forms is good:
We start finding more inspiration, motivation and glory in the human body, shape, and form (and humans in general) instead of inanimate objects like cars, watches, and other design-objects.
I call this a ‘flesh-forward‘ future– in which we love humans (in the flesh) over the *concept* of humans (which is the trend now, with TV shows, movies and social media).
The body is king
There is so much we don’t have control over in our lives (for example, how much money we make, our living circumstances, etc) but things we can control is simple:
How to workout and train our body and muscles, and deciding what to eat and what *NOT* to eat.
And the great power of training your body:
The more you train your body, the more pride, high spirits and goodwill you will have towards yourself and your own body. Furthermore, you will also become a happier, more productive and advanced artist.
How to get started
- Intermittent fasting during the day (no food, sugar, cream, milk, etc) during the day besides black coffee (no cream, no sugar), and water.
- During the day, engage in some sort of intense (and fun) exercise.
- When you break your fast, consume lots of fatty meats (as much as possible) and to better digest your food eat fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut. Abstain totally from carbs, sugars, sauces (most have sugar added), and starches. This will help you maximize muscle gain (saturated meat/cholesterol is a steroid and enhances your testosterone) and while losing body fat (all starches and carbohydrates cause you to gain adipose fat tissue).
What are the best exercises?
- To keep it ‘simple and sinister‘ (Pavel) just get a single 70-pound kettlebell. The best exercises are Turkish getups, 1-legged pistol squats (with the kettlebell), ‘clean and jerk’, knee-hip opener/bicep curls, overhead press, and one-armed swings).
- If you have access to a gym, start powerlifting (one rep max style deadlift, squat, dumbbell press, etc).
Greek Demigod body is the goal
My personal goal:
Make my body look like a Greek demigod.
Then what after? Never stop augmenting myself and my muscle!
I cannot say the goal is good for you, but it is a great goal insofar much as:
- The more you sculpt and build your body, the happier you will become.
- Your body is the best beautiful thing for you to witness and behold every single day.
- You have the power to actually change how your body looks!
Why build your body?
Your own body as a work of art!
My Muscle Philosophy:
Treat your body as sculpture.
This is not my body
The first thing:
I don’t see my body as belonging to me. I look at my body like it belongs to someone else.
When I look at the Lamborghini of someone else, I admire it. When I see the muscles and physiques of anyone else, I admire it. Then I had the epiphany:
Why not transform my own body into a Lambo, and admire my own body instead?
The great logic:
- It is far cheaper to get buff than to buy a Lambo.
- The human body is the apex beauty. This means your personal goal in life should be to beautify your own personal body to the maximum (without plastic surgery, steroids, etc).
- Ultimate democratic approach: Genetics doesn’t matter. Sex doesn’t matter. Racial ethnicity doesn’t matter. Anyone can both add muscle mass and subtract fat.
- It doesn’t cost much to get ripped. Just intermittent fast [no breakfast, no lunch], one big ass meal a day, and mostly a ‘ketogenic’ diet.
- Your body is always with you. Why not beautify your body to inspire yourself?
The joy of sculpting your own body
To sculpt your own body is insanely fun. Why? You can see the change over time!
Once again, the goal is simple:
Never stop adding muscle mass, and never stop reducing body fat, or keeping it low (around 10%).
Muscle and your body is highly practical.
The more muscle you have, the more energy you got. The more power you got to make art-work, and live with gratitude, joy, and hyper-vigor.
Strengthen on, and flex on!
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