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Slate Asks, Has Gay Panic Ruined Bodybuilding?

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As with most headlines that end in a question mark, the answer is "No," though in this case the more accurate answer is, "Not entirely but it may be playing a part."

If you've paid any attention to bodybuilding over the years, even just lightly, you may have noticed that the builds have gone from simply being large and well-defined to outright massive, as exemplified by the "super heavyweight" category having a minimum weight of 220 lbs and has competitors as large as 282 lbs...and that's during competition. Bodybuilders tend to weigh more during a "bulking" phase before trimming down to approximately 0% body fat for competition.

So what's with the massive size? In an opinion piece at Slate, Adam Ragusea speculates that meathead machismo and sexual insecurity are the largest contributor to the competition's deviation from a general cultural aesthetic ideal, saying,

It’s all about making straight dudes feel secure watching oiled men flex and pose in tiny skivvies...[I]t’s a lot safer for an unenlightened meathead to idolize another man for his genetic and gym/drug/diet-fueled freakishness than his beauty.

Because this is the world we live in: evidently the only people who can appreciate the male form for aesthetics and beauty are gay men.


Transgender 'Men's Health' Cover Model Hopeful Aydian Dowling 'So Happy and Proud' for the Support: VIDEO

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Yesterday we reported on trans bodybuilder Aydian Dowling's ascent to the top of a competition to be the next Men's Health 'Ultimate Guy'cover model

DowlingDowling told the Daily Beast in an interview and profile that he's grateful for all the support:

“It’s been crazy and amazing. I definitely was not expecting all the support, but I’m so happy and proud of the community for using its loud voice and realizing that we really could do it. We’re banding together and this is us. We exist and we should be represented in some way in mainstream...It would be so affirming to just know that the man that I set out to be is somebody that people think is a good man...I’m feeling proud of our community coming together. This was just another competition, but our community said, ‘Hey, we’re taking this thing and we’re making it ours. We’re running with it. We’re gonna take it and turn it into something, because we want it to be something.’ I’m completely in awe and humbled by how much love and support I’ve gotten.""

Dowling has received 24,144 votes as of this posting, outrunning the nearest competitor by more than 16,000 votes. He made a video on Tuesday remarking on his progress (he was still #12 at that point) and rallying people to his cause.

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Trans Bodybuilder Aydian Dowling in Lead to Be Next 'Men's Health' Cover Model

Aydian Dowling may be best known for his ripped physique, but the trans model is using the way he looks to challenge traditional ideas of masculinity and what it means to be a man. Earlier this year Dowling raised more than a few eyebrows with his recreation of Adam Levine’s Cosmo UK cover, but now the body builder is vying for a magazine cover of his very own.

Screenshot 2015-04-14 10.30.42As of the writing of this post Dowling is a frontrunner for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guy Search that could put the man who receives the most votes on the cover of an upcoming issue.

Ultimately the winner will be picked based on a number of different criteria like fitness, community giving, and overall professional success, but it’s looking like Dowling’s a shoo-in to win. More than merely looking the part Dowling explains just how large an impact fitness has had on his life and how it’s influenced his relationship with the larger trans community.

“Giving back is a large part of my life. I started the first YouTube Collaboration BeefHeads Fitness, a channel geared towards Transgender Individuals looking to get fit and healthy, he said. “On a more local platform I did start training other Transgender Males here in my new town of Eugene, OR. They have greatly progressed and I feel very proud to see their self confidence grow.”

Voting for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guy Search runs until June 25th. You can check out more about Dowling and cast your vote for him here.


Planet Fitness Kicks Out Transphobic Gym Member For Trolling Transwoman

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Planet Fitness bills itself as being a “Judgement Free Zone” in its ad-spots and in a stunning move the mega-chain has put its money where its mouth is. Yvette Cormier of Midland, Michigan was deeply troubled in late February when entering the women’s locker room of her local Planet Fitness. According to Cormier, she couldn’t use the locker room because it was being used by a transwoman.

"I was blocked, because a man was standing there," Cormier told MLive, a Michigan news outlet. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?"

When Cormier brought the transwoman’s presence to Planet Fitness personnel, they informed her that the she identified as a woman and thus was more than welcome to use the womens’ locker room. Cormier, determined to raise alarm, took it upon herself to inform other female gym members that a transwoman had been given equal access to the gym’s female facilities.

Cormier further escalated matters by contacting Planet Fitness’s corporate offices with her complaint, but it was here that she was firmly shut down. Given the gym’s no judgement policy, a representative explained to her, they would never ask the transwoman to stop using the locker rooms. When asked if she would stop harassing the transwoman, Cormier asserted that she would continue to make noise until something was done about the matter. Then Planet Fitness canceled her membership.

"Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members,” said Planet Fitness PR director McCall Gosselin. “Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”

Gosselin continued:

“The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled."


Where to Go to the Gym and Bike in Miami Right Now: Gay Travel

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NEED TO GET A PUMP?

Work out at Crunch, Equinox, or L.A. Fitness on South Beach. David Barton has a location in downtown Miami but it is in dire need of a renovation. For a hardcore workout head over to Barry's Bootcamp in Sunset Harbor. Anatomy at 1220 just opened in Sunset Harbor as well.

Where is the best place to work out that won't cost an arm and a leg (because you'll need them)?

Readers suggest using the balancing and upper body equipment at Lummus Park (above) at Ocean Drive and 8th Street, a weekly pass for L.A. fitness, going for a jog or renting a bike,

DecoBike is Miami and Miami Beach's Bike Sharing & Rental program. There are two ways to utilize the DecoBike program, either as a Bike Share Membership or an Hourly Rental. More info here.

Miami Critical Mass is a cycling event held on the last Friday of every month. It's an informal gathering in which a large group of people meet at a set location and travel en masse through the streets of Miami. More info here.

Here is also a handy list of bike shops.

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Sneak Peek: Charley is Pumped for His Date on 'Friends to Lovers' Finale — VIDEO

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Tonight is the two-hour season finale of Friends to Lovers, Bravo's show about sets of friends, straight and gay, who decide to take their relationships to the next level.

Those of you who have been following the show are familiar with Charley and Darion, whose decision to try and become more intimate has been a bit rocky, to say the least.

The folks at Bravo sent over this sneak peek exclusively for Towleroad which features celeb trainer Seth Gottesdiener, who Charley tells us is currently in Europe helping Adam Lambert keep in shape for his gigs with Queen.

In the clip, Seth arrives to help Charley prepare for his date that evening with Darion by taking him through a "party pump" which gets "everything kind of perfectly....plump," according to Charley. Of course, Charley should know that if Darion really loves him, he'll love him for who he is!

Viewers will find out tonight at 10:30, but you can watch him prep for the finish,
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