A Primal Take on Body Image
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: Primal
Even with the
close of the Primal Challenge and its final week of reader content,
I still have all those great successes on my mind. Whether in photos,
videos, or description, its incredible to see people enjoying
health and feeling great in their own skin. This got me thinking
about body image. Its a loaded subject in our society. Occasionally,
its a loaded subject even on MDAs comment boards or
forum. As much as wed like to edit out the less complimentary,
even judgmental threads of discussion, to tuck away the uncomfortable
conversations, Im not sure thats entirely right. This
blog encompasses everything about pursuing vitality and living healthily
in this world. That includes the sometimes thorny topic of body
image both as personal experience and cultural backdrop.
in our world, no issue is immune from controversy, tension, or just
plain difference of opinion. My one hope of course and I
know many of you share this is that we speak with respect
to one another, owning our opinions as solely our own, recognizing
that we all come to our Primal pursuits with varying experiences
and interests. We start from different places. We meet our own challenges
along the way. We work toward individually determined goals that
while commonly embracing ideals of good health and vitality
may diverge from there.
of course reflect what we want for our lives but also for our bodies.
We may begin the journey wanting to lose weight. We want to get
strong. We want to be able to spend a full afternoon hiking with
our dog or run our community 10K. We want to be able to chop this
winters firewood and still have enough energy for a bike ride
later. We want to gain entry into the world of competitive body
building or other sports. (Maybe were part of it already.)
We want to kick a lifestyle disease to the curb. We want to show
off a six-pack or rock a new bikini.
A couple of
years ago I wrote a post
on vanity a response to a cheering reader onslaught (who
knew?) after I casually listed LGN (looking good naked)
as one more reason to go Primal. Since then the phrase has kind
of taken on a life of its own. I stand by that rationale. Nonetheless,
I want to go on the record saying that this isnt some interest
in promoting artistry- and computer-enhanced magazine type representations.
(Guess what we all look better backlit. Keep that in mind
next time youre redecorating the bedroom.) Besides, has anyone
looked at a J.Crew catalog lately? (No, I dont shop there.)
Someone please give these young men and women a t-bone steak.
A couple of
weeks ago, The New York Times ran a feature about Gym Jones
called The Cult of Physicality.
Some of you
may have heard of the club. As the article reveals, Gym Jones has
been the makeover mecca to many a Hollywood star, including Gerard
Butler, Henry Cavill, Jude Law, and an undisclosed number of Navy
Seals. The manager, Robert MacDonald (a.k.a. Maximus) runs a tight
ship and makes no bones about the awesome demands of the program.
Any of us who have even seen his clients in a passing commercial
or magazine ad can believe the results. The fact is, with massively
rigorous training, people can do pretty astounding things with their
physiques. (Of course it helps when theyre getting paid millions
of dollars to do it.)
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October 20, 2011
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