Let’s face it, as a society we are obsessed with looks. A lot of what we buy and a lot of what advertisers direct at us is in some way based around looks. Clothing, makeup, personal care products – you only have to see a couple ads or commercials to know that these things are almost always associated with looking good and feeling good. How about toys? Head into any toy store and you’ll see that even kids are shown from early on what an attractive girl and masculine boy should look like. Even cars and video games are all about looks and we can’t seem to get enough of it.
One of the most common ways people try to improve their looks and feel better about themselves is through exercise. Have a little extra holiday weight? Trying to get a few more bulges in those arms? Can’t remember what a six-pack looks like? People turn to the gym or the great outdoors to get themselves into shape and improve their image. From running to lifting weights to doing laps in the pool, exercise may not be as easy as putting on some new fancy clothes or slapping on some makeup, but it will make you healthier, both on the inside and the outside.
Of course, most people only exercise a little bit as either a way to do a little body maintenance or shed a couple unwanted pounds. Then there are those people who take it to the extreme. To them, lifting weights, running several miles, following a strict dietary regime and keeping junk out their body is serious stuff. This isn’t just a temporary thing but a lifestyle which sees maintaining their form and fitness as a priority.
Then, within this group of health conscious people are an even more extreme group who see strength and exercise as not only a lifestyle, but a job. These individuals push themselves every day, always adding extra weight, extra repetitions and a few extra minutes on the treadmill. For them, the looks are a nice consequence of their work. The real payoff, however, is when they win competitions, titles and records for being the strongest. These strongest men, women and children make us ordinary people look like absolute slobs. Whereas we might get winded walking up a flight of stairs, these individuals only get winded after finishing a series of lifts involving hundreds of pounds. They are the strongest people in the world and they have pushed their bodies and their minds to lengths most of us could only dream of.

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