Lifestyle may be associated with risk behaviours. This study compares gym exercise and sexual risk behaviour between men who have sex with men MSM and heterosexual men. The research was based on the assumption that men who become muscular and physically attractive increase their number of sex partners and consequently their risk of HIV or other sexually transmitted infections STIs. MSM showed a stronger desire to become muscular than heterosexual men, were more likely to perform IAT, and used protein powders or anabolic steroids. They reported that improving their body shape and increasing their self-confidence were their main reasons for training, whereas heterosexual men indicated weight loss and health improvement as the main reasons for training.
It’s complicated: Exploring why gay men have such a unique relationship with the gym
Time for This Gym Rat to Break Free From the Pack - Los Angeles Times
Covering ancient Greek gymnasium culture, modern bodybuilding practices, and homoerotic muscle-bound media, Muscles Boys examines the origins of the male athletic ideal. Author Erick Alvarez offers a candid study of the gay gym from his perspective as a physical trainer in the San Francisco Bay area, and from his interviews and online surveys of nearly 6, gay men. Provides the reader with a timely idea: the importance of the gym in allowing gay men a place where they can find each other and, most significantly, themselves. Athlete Alvarez is a trainer who leaves his muscular signature on this entertaining book that covers early physique magazines, steroids, and pro athletes like Dave Kopay and Tom Waddell, inventor of the Gay Games. As a longtime gym-insider, Alvrez writes about what he knows. He captures the mystery and history of gay gym culture, of self-fashioning notions of masculine identity, and how gay muscle flexed gay power and uncloseted our Platonic Ideals into straight mainstream advertising. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Time for This Gym Rat to Break Free From the Pack
Then there are less-credible reasons many gay men find themselves obsessing over their bodies in the gym — cultural pressure, narcissism and high libidos chief among them. But is that necessarily a bad thing? I workout 4 to 5 days a week. I put my headphones on and I get my workout in. I am considered anti-social when working out.
When I left London to live in Los Angeles two years ago, some of my snobbier British friends said that I might as well abandon any internal life of the mind, as the city famously had more gyms than libraries. That was perfectly OK by me. I replied that my internal life was quite big enough to look after itself, and, besides, it was not as though I had never been in a gym before.