Although comic-book superheroes don’t exist in real life, we can still develop our own special abilities and superpowers–such as the ability to lift heavy things! What other superhero-like qualities do you think we share as a result of our lifestyle?
Do you recognize the doll on the right in the image above? She’s not exactly Barbie, the Mattel doll so many of us have loved and tortured over the years, she’s “average” Barbie.
Artist Nickolay Lamm has gone to great lengths to prove just how freakishly a Barbie doll’s body is proportioned, on his mission to ”create and bring attention to things that are being overlooked.”
After stripping away Barbie’s makeup and then creating 3D simulations of what Barbie would look like standing next to an average woman, based on statistics from the CDC for 19-year-old females, he went the extra mile to create an actual doll.
“Some people say that Barbie is just a toy and that we shouldn’t pay so much attention to her body proportions,” he told Huffington Post in an email. “However, if skinny models in advertisements get so much scrutiny, I feel Barbie, a doll which million of girls play with, should be open to critique as well.”
Reaction to Lamm’s average Barbie has been mixed. One mom commenting on the artist’s blog shared, “My daughter (11) saw this picture and instantly asked, if she could have it. ‘Oh THAT one’s cool, mom! Much more beautiful than ordinary barbies!’ And I share her taste.”
A second person commented on Lamm’s blog post, “Ew, I’m glad that ‘real’ barbie isn’t like, a real Barbie. Shes too fat. Barbie is supposed to be the perfect woman every girl wants to grow up to be, not whatever that is.”
For what it’s worth, I played with Mattel’s Barbies on and off throughout childhood, and don’t feel scarred by the experience. That isn’t to say I don’t see a lot more of myself in average Barbie (I know that rear, and thank goodness I don’t have Mattel-sized wrists!) and happen to like her athletic-looking physique. Given the chance, I’d buy Lamm’s version over Mattel’s, no contest.
Senzu Beans are a fictional nutritional miracle, from the Anime series, Dragon Ball Z. Senzu beans help restore health, strength, stamina, and overall energy levels–similar to that of pre and intra-workout supplements on the market today.
“Physical culture is a health and strength training movement that originated during the 19th century. The physical culture movement of the 19th century owed its origins to several cultural trends. As a result of the Industrial Revolution, there arose a perception that members of the middle classes were suffering from various “diseases of affluence” that were partially attributed to their increasingly sedentary lifestyles. In consequence, numerous exercise systems were developed, typically drawing from a range of traditional folk games, dances and sports, military training and medical calisthenics. Many of these systems drew inspiration from the classical Greek and Roman models of athletic training and were organized according to more-or-less scientific methods.” – Wikipedia
“At the dawning of the Iron Age of the barbell, the essence of bodybuilding and physical fitness flourished as one under a broad umbrella term known as Physical Culture. But what exactly is this faded and almost forgotten concept that seemed to take on much diversity through the 20th century? The following arbitrary analysis of Physical Culture is extracted from Volume I of “Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors”
This mid-19th century phrase is defined by The Oxford Dictionary as “The sum total of a society’s activities and attitudes connected with physical development and education.”
. . . We can assume from this that the aspects of Physical Culture would vary from culture to culture. Recognizing this tremendous potential for variance in definition due to ethnic influences, the effect of so much cultural integration, as demonstrated in North America, must be taken into consideration.
With awareness of such diversity, it would be conjectured that the development of one’s Physical Culture would come to derive more from individual persuasion over that of a single national influence. It is not our intent to examine extensively just what makes us who or what we are, but much of our very nature is often expressed through our own personal Physical Culture. Exercise, diet, hygiene, educational, and spiritual pursuits all play significant roles in shaping the impact of our individual presence. Obviously from these variables alone the philosophical permutations are tremendous in terms of governing one’s own Physical Culture.
For many, life may be as simple as a strong, banal focus on purely the physical, with little or no exploration of any other horizons. However, for some in the pursuit of a richer enlightenment, it’s a constant seeking of a symphonic balance between the conditioning of the body, the cultivation of the mind, and a continuous unfolding growth of the spirit, all the while maintaining a harmony with their natural environment.
In actuality, everyone practices their own Physical Culture whether or not they’re even aware of its meaning. A number of our pioneers of bodybuilding referred to themselves as “Physical Culturists” with their own constituted framework of the term.” – Randy Roach
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This exercise has been around for years and was used by the old school bodybuilders such as Arnie with Vince Gironda really appreciating its effectiveness, as he used it extensively in all his ab region work. The exercise helps those with a distending gut [loose belly hangover from an underdeveloped transversus abdominus] and creates a sexy nice curve in the midsection.
I see it all the time: skinny guys carrying around tupperware filled with rice and chicken--and sometimes, with rice only--and other times, just vegetables, in an attempt to bulk up and gain some muscle. Despite hitting the gym regularly and sticking to their strict diet, they can't seem to gain weight. Here are my top 5 bulking foods that will pack on muscle fast!
Lack of sleep may activate your body's endocannabinoid (eCB) system - the same one activated by marijuana. No wonder skimping on sleep triggers cravings for junk food, otherwise known as "the munchies."