OPINION: Muscle Diagrams At The Plex Set Unrealistic Standards For BC’s Muscled Hunks
There’s been a lot of talk at BC lately surrounding body image and self-esteem, and I think it’s time we address the elephant in the room: the impossible-to-achieve muscle diagrams featured on every machine in the Flynn Recreation Complex. Is this really the standard we want to be setting for the next generation of office cuties and hot dads?
As a friend to many brawny young men, I worry about how they feel when they see an anatomically perfect man staring back at them as they shred their triceps with three sets of 15 pushdowns at 75 lbs. No matter how they grunt and groan, we all know they can never even come close to achieving the steel pythons those diagrams call arms, nor do their active muscles turn red and glow as the diagrams depict.
Have these designers never heard of body hair? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve come home to my burliest roommate staring at himself in the bathroom mirror and sobbing about his furry chest. It’s disgusting what what these diagrams are doing to our young studs’ confidence.
And what about the deformed among us? Why can’t just one of the diagrams have three nipples, or a unibrow? Sometimes it seems society has forgotten that true beauty comes from broad shoulders and a firm chest, not from pimple-free thighs and perfectly symmetrical deltoid definition.
It would mean the world to gym rats everywhere if these signs were replaced with images of REAL men, men with body hair, and skin that isn’t see-through. So please BC, will you help make a change for the better?