Disclaimer: I like/respect men and I think I know a decent bit about them after years of living/working with them.
But after reading all the posts about how you guys on WSO work on your musculature, I feel like there's something I'm just not getting, and I'm asking you guys to do me a solid and explain it to me.
Obviously bodybuilding is an obsession with a certain segment of dudes, but most of you guys don't seem like bodybuilders. Do you regular, non-bodybuilder, non-athlete guys feel that muscle really matters? As in long-term, are you guys gonna be caring/tracking/working on your musculature in your 30s/40s? If so, why?
I know some guys do it because they think it helps them with chicks. Thing is, I haven't noticed chicks really caring that much. I understand not wanting your guy to be fat, but I thought the general consensus among girls was that dudes with too much muscle mass or definition were kinda vain/gay/icky. I personally will not touch a man who has a six pack... it grosses me out for some reason. (Ditto if I ever catch him touching/stroking/checking his own muscles. That's gonna be a guy who's more into his own body than mine. Would probably also watch himself in the mirror during sex.) This is all evidence that you guys don't actually do the muscle thing for the chicks.
And it makes sense that you wouldn't do it just for the chicks anyway. World's full of chicks; many of them are easy. Nobody likes to work hard for something easy.
No, it's obvious that you guys like being muscled for non-chick reasons... just like you like driving nice cars for non-chick reasons. Girls don't make the world go round.
It's gotta be something else, something innate to male tastes.
Maybe it's one more way to show status/excellence, like aor a nice house/car?
Is it something that testosterone pushes you to do? Just a biological/chemical holdover from the days when you had to kick ass just to survive?
Does it help you get/keep a job? More muscle = faster metabolism = better worker somehow?
Is it self-competition? Competition with other dudes?
Or is it attractive because it's something you can control/improve every day regardless of how chaotic your life is?
Or am I just wrong and all chicks but me and my friends really do dig muscle?