Aug 032012
 

I came across a funny article today that wondered what would it look like if every Olympic sport was photographed like beach volleyball?

Which means… presented as a bunch of torso and ass photos of people who look good naked.

The article presented a bunch of examples of men’s photos cropped the way the beach volleyball women’s photos are cropped.

The Olympic Athlete Look

Note that this swimmer looks “athletic” — he’s got muscle and he’s lean because that’s what his sport requires, but he’s not “ripped” and he isn’t all “veiny” and he isn’t showing “cut abs”. However, there’s plenty of evidence in this near-naked photo that this is a physique that’s desirable for having a lot of sex.

The photos in the article demonstrate the “ogleable look” — these guys look good naked. They are in their prime for people wanting to have sex with them and there’s plenty of evidence that is what happens – for instance, see the recent Sex in the Olympic Village and What Goes On Behind Closed Doors articles. Everyone in the Olympic Village has a body that’s been honed to perfection for the physical demands of their sport — and that physical excellence is sexy.

The Olympic athletes get their looks as a result of their training for their sport, but as non-athletes we have a lot more options training-wise. All we are going for is “the look” that our bodies are capable of strenuous physical tasks like fighting, hunting, and reproduction (or just lots of safe-sex with 150,000 condoms).

One of the things I like about the Adonis Index site is that they’ve come up with a way to mathematically quantify what makes a human body “ogleable” so that a stud or babe can train efficiently to get the sexiest look possible for their body. And that sexy ogleable look means looking good naked.

The Adonis folks have helped me a lot by the way they keep pointing out that a lot of what makes someone look good is illusion — getting the body into a natural proportion that causes a “that is desirable” response in other people. This current article of theirs notes that a lot of the gymnasts with impressive physiques are actually rather short (averaging 5′ 5″ tall) and very light weight (averaging 120 to 140 pounds). Since I’m just under 5′ 4″ tall and still weighing 152 pounds, it shows how far I still have to go (by getting leaner) to get to that look. The men gymnasts don’t look big and muscular because they are huge and heavy, they look big and muscular because of their proportions.

Studs check out The Illusion of Size – Men’s Gymnastics article.

The same holds true for babes. The Adonis folks have also put a lot of thought into what makes a striking feminine physique, and babes can look here for their information about the Venus Index and how to sculpt your body to maximize your ogleability.

Federica Pellegrini is an Olympic Gold winning athlete. She is extremely physically capable and has 3 world records and pile of gold medals to prove it. Just like with guys, it’s not about having the biggest muscles or sharply defined abs — it’s about looking ready for physical action (which again comes down to  fighting, hunting, and reproduction).

The Daily Mail had an article about sexual abstinence before a major sporting event.

“Abstinence! Are you mad?” — Federica Pellegrini

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I’ll round out this Friday with a little science trivia:

In this article I’ve specifically put a body part picture of a man and a full-body picture of a woman, however, typically this isn’t how people are depicted. Here’s why:

Because your brain perceives an object as being either a coherent entity or a collection of parts, you rely on two different cognitive processes — global and local scanning. And it appears that which of those processes you use depends on whether you’re gazing upon a woman or a man. When you look at a woman, you see her as consisting of various body parts, but if it’s a man, you tend to see him as a single whole.

Gervais says this shows that men and women use their “local” cognitive processes to identify men, and their “global” ones for females. As startling as it may sound, the study indicates that both men and women use the same method of visual processing to identify females as they do to other objects, such as cars and houses.

She theorizes that men may scan women in this way to assess potential mates, while women do it to compare themselves to other women.

Why both men and women’s eyes are drawn to women’s bodies

This is also why women are on the cover of both men’s and women’s magazines.

Women are interesting to everybody.

 Posted by at 10:27 PM
Aug 022012
 

Maybe for someone like me, achieving a “sound mind” is asking a bit too much.

I’d settle for a slightly more peaceful mind.

In general, I find peace when I am highly focused. In high school I achieved this in karate when sparring. Let the mind drift a little to what you’re going to have for lunch and all of a sudden there’s a punch in the face. The past few years I’ve found this peace in lifting heavy weights. Again, there’s no leeway for a wandering mind when the weights are heavy enough and injury is the punishment for losing concentration. Sometimes I focus well when programming or writing — I sometimes have long bursts when everything clicks and I create a whole bunch of stuff in one session.

I’ve found that strengthening the body does a lot for strengthening the mind, and I’m thinking that strengthening the mind will do a lot for strengthening the body. That’s probably a key life lesson, and one of the reasons this quote has stuck around for almost 2,000 years:

Mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a healthy body) is a famous Latin quotation, often translated as, “A sound mind in a sound body.”

(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens_sana_in_corpore_sano for more about this quote)

For many years I’ve experimented to find what works for me and reading a lot about what works for other people. Again and again meditation gets suggested. Somehow the idea of sitting and doing nothing seems like too much of a bother. Yeah, I’ve done it — but it was usually for situations like being stuck inside a MRI machine. AND the thing I noticed in situations like that was that I would be completely stressed unless the operator gave me regular time updates: “20 minutes to go… 15 minutes to go… 10 minutes to go…”

JC Deen suggested the “missing piece” for me — just set a timer to go off and let me know when I finished my 5 minutes. Takes all the worry away of “How much longer until we get home?”

So I tried it — set my timer for 5 minutes and just sat and tried to count my breaths. The first time the highest I got to was 3 before a thought intruded. The second time I got to 5 breaths and thought “Wow, I made it to 5! I can write that in the blog!” Yeah, busted.

So this isn’t a big mystic production with candles and incense, it’s just 5 minutes of me sitting still with my eyes closed and counting my breaths. When a thought intrudes I start back at 1.

Simple enough, but yet it still counts as meditation.

Much like this blog, it’s something I intend to work on every day. As JC Deen’s article states:

Simply begin and continue

Here’s his posts on this

http://jcdeen.com/meditation-forming-a-new-habit/

http://jcdeen.com/15-days-of-meditation-what-im-learning-about-myself/

http://jcdeen.com/simply-begin-and-continue-random-thoughts-birthday-month-meditation-challenge/

http://jcdeen.com/going-deeper-starting-the-meditation-challenge/

 Posted by at 11:10 PM
Aug 012012
 

Alrighty then.

Hello! Welcome to ogleable fitness where the topic is getting fit to look good naked!

Naked? What do you mean?

I’m sure I’ll develop a better explanation of this but basically the idea is to use the tools that bodybuilders, weightlifters, and powerlifters use for the purpose of improving the way we look on a practical day-to-day basis.

That is: manipulating our diet and using weight training to change the way our bodies look.

Using the tools used by bodybuilders, weightlifters, and powerlifters to get leaner and more muscular, but

  1. Not to the extent that bodybuilders and fitness competitors do since that is way beyond what is necessary to stand out in a crowd as being fit (especially as the population at large gets into worse and worse shape).
  2. Not to look good for a single contest day or a single photo shoot — but rather to look good on a maintainable day-to-day basis.

Basically aiming to be as efficient as possible at looking as good as possible with the least amount of effort so that it can be maintained for life. Bodybuilders, weightlifters, and powerlifters are all working to the extremes to prepare for their various forms of competition days — whereas this is about preparing for everyday life and being among the best looking people in the bar / restaurant / mall / workplace / etc. So it is easier in the sense that one doesn’t have to reach for some extreme limit of leanness or strength but it is harder in the sense that there is no “day after” the competition or photoshoot where you can slack off.

Many thanks are in order here for people who’ve in one way or another encouraged me (or pushed me) to get this going. I will probably have to come back to this post many times to add people as I remember them, so please consider this a work in progress and don’t be all offended if I forgot you. I’m rushing to get this posted before August 1, 2012 is finished.

  • Darryl
  • Elliott Hulse
  • Randy Gage
  • Vince Del Monte

 

 Posted by at 11:59 PM