There is a societal stereotype that guys who are always in the gym lifting heavy weights are viewed as bodybuilding brutes who make love to themselves secretly in front of a mirror. Some view them as homosexuals who are narcissistic and have insecurity problems. Although there are a few exceptions, this statement is mostly false.
Weightlifting provides many benefits for overall wellness. Many guys lift weights in order to attract a potential female mate. A male weightlifter looking for a female mate, sends a positive signal to women by showing them that he has good quality genes and is physically strong. Also, it shows that he can be a security blanket for the woman and her potential kin or offspring.
As one grows older, things such as careers and income status often become harder to change. This limits the amount of things a guy can change in order to improve his chances of selecting his potential mate. One characteristic that than can be changed is physical appearance and body structure. This is done by lifting weights and improving cardiovascular function at the gym. For example, two males who share the same career will have to look to other ways such as body appearance to sway the female into believing that he is the alpha male, has the dominant genes, and should be the one she mates with. Improved general health and an aesthetically pleasing physique will often give one male a better opportunity to find a mate than one who is not into fitness.
Being fit also allows a higher mating potential because he is more respected by his peers because of a good athletic control of his body. In a way, the male is subconsciously saying “hey look at me, I have an improved physical physique because I care about looking good so you should choose me to mate with”. It’s not so much about the muscles, but the signal the guy sends by showing women he is trying to one-up another male by proving to have dominate genes.
There is however, a way to “over-do” the weightlifting and physical appearance. There has been much debate by women on the “ideal” physique for men. Most girls prefer a slim-athletic build for her male mate, rather than a humongous bodybuilding lunk. A happy medium needs to be found. Ladies, which physique do you prefer?
The gym also serves a positive role in the development of social behavior. A guy who has a poor “social-game” when trying to pickup a female for mating, can still earn points by looking better or having an improved physique. In other words, it makes ugly people somewhat better looking. Also, it will improve his social status by giving him a higher confidence level which might help step-up his game spitting skills.
A prime example of physical attraction is shown in celebrity photos. We believe these celebrities to have beautiful bodies and would dream about mating with them. We idolize them based on physical appearance without regards to personality traits.
The gym is important for both sexes. Guys and girls can both enjoy the physical changes to their bodies and will more often than not, increase their level of attractiveness.
Besides the hype about the stereotypical narcissistic gym meat-head…who doesn’t like to look good naked?