Do you want to look good? Sure you do. This is a basic human desire. Clients often come to work with me simply because they want to look good.
But what looks good to you? Is it this?
Look closely. This is actually a doll. A perfect example of what I’d call static beauty. Beauty in form instead of in function. Here is another example of striving for static beauty.
But there is a different kind of beauty. Dynamic beauty. Instead of trying to look like something, it does something. I like dynamic, functional bodies. Like this one…
or this one…
by Chase N.
by Stuart Grout
Something strange happens to us when we forget that we are moving, dynamic and dancing beings. When we want to look good in a frozen form what results is something like this:
Now I have to admit this is impressive. It takes a lot of work to build muscles like these. But I don’t find it attractive. This fellow looks like he has strong body. But I wonder if he could do this…
by Jayel Aheram
And I’m certain he couldn’t do this…
I like bodies like this one that are profoundly tuned. Coordination mixed with strength is sexy. I’m not trying to be a dictator about all this. If building big muscles is your thing please don’t let me discourage you. But I’m also not the right trainer for you.
My ideal of beauty looks more like this…
Fitness to me is more than about looking good. Though beauty is often the result of building a highly functional body. Fitness to me is about tuning the body’s entire neuromuscular system so that it works in harmony. It is about building real strength in the muscles supported by nourished bones coordinated by a subtle nervous system and inspired by a playful mind.
2 thoughts on “Why beauty just won’t sit still.”
Great post! What is the point of having such big muscles if you can’t use them in a functional way?
I agree Amber. I am not as physically beautiful as I was 40 years ago, but daily exercise has given me a stronger and more beautiful body. I am more healthy as a 60 year old then I was at 20. I love it.