Muscles Scare Away Middle-Upper Class

…Carl Stempel, for example, writing in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, argues that upper middle class Americans avoid “excessive displays of strength,” viewing the bodybuilder look as vulgar overcompensation for wounded manhood. The so-called dominant classes, Stempel writes—especially those like my friends and myself, richer in fancy degrees than in actual dollars—tend to express dominance through strenuous aerobic sports that display moral character, self-control, and self-development, rather than physical dominance. By chasing pure strength, in other words, packing on all that muscle, I had violated the unspoken prejudices—and dearly held self-definitions—of my social group.

I question the overcompensation angle, but then I thought of Planet Fitness’s “Lunk Alarm.” I wouldn’t be surprised if the upper class rejection of strength training is part overcompensation and part fear.

Good to the Last Drop

I thought I’d give The Magazine another try. It helps that they deliver issues to Kindle.

Anyway, this article explores the use and marketing of caffeine products in marathons and how it’s dangerous.

“The very spot where you can see the finish line first is where these people get sudden death. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “The added rush of adrenaline that you know you’re going to finish. That’s where their heart stops.”

It’s a serious problem with a solution marathon runners won’t want to hear. Stop running marathons.

Exercise and Depression: The Truth About Natural Depression Remedies

Exercise is better, but not just because of endorphins or whatever they’re called.

When it comes to beating depression over the long–term, this is what makes exercise more powerful than medication. It’s not that medication doesn’t work — it does. But exercise does something that medication doesn’t. It proves a new identity to yourself. Each time you finish a workout, you reap the benefits of an increased sense of self–confidence. The cumulative impact of these “small wins” is enormous.