The Male Body Image

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


My casting type is that of the bad boy. It is what roles I generally get, from the abusive boyfriend to the drug dealer. I also get a lot of Viking and Medieval roles too (down to the long hair and beard). But what I have noticed is that even within this 'casting type' I am quite small and skinny and this makes me want to bulk and gain immediately.

Alongside acting I also trained as a dancer, so fitness was and still isn't really an issue with me. What I do find hard though is gaining body mass and the reasons why.

Generally I work out 3 times a week (yes, I could probably do more but time is always a issue). I tend to not do cardio as I am already skinny and walk everywhere, so I like to lift weights and work on toning too. 

Now we all have that ideal of what we want to look like and mine isn't Dwayne Johnson but is more Tom Hardy. I would love to have a so called 'manly' body. Not necessarily ripped but well built. What I struggle with though is gaining that weight. My metabolism is high and I seem to burn off everything I eat. I am vegetarian so consume my protein from other means than meat, but yet when I wake up in the morning I feel like I have always lost the previous days eating and training off my body.

It really does get to me sometimes and this is why.

In TV and Film especially, most men are well built, unless they are older. It is seen as the ideal of a man. What I dont like is that men actually come in all different shapes and sizes and why are these not represented in screen. Yes there are a few but they generally aren't the leads. 

Women have a massive campaign at the minute against body shamming and image and I feel this needs to be highlighted for men too.

I mean take for instant this years 'Love Island'. All the men were completely ripped and defined (and looked the same may I add) but this is seen as beauty.

I hope this will one day change and the pressure of having to gain and bulk will go away. But in the mean time, here is the simple work out do to keep my body in shape and slowly gain muscle. It takes only 20 - 30 minutes to complete (perfect for those with little time).

3x10 Shoulder Press
3x10 Upward Row
3x10 Forward Flies
3x20 Wide Press Ups
3x30 Bicep Curls (half, second half, full)
3x20 Squats
3x20 Side Leans with Weight

*remember to warm up and cool down.

It may not seem like a lot and mixes body areas but for a quick full body workout it seems to work for me. You will need weights but you can grab them cheaply from a lot of stores i.e argos.

Let me know if you have any tips for gaining muscle mass and what your workouts are. And let's start to not shame other body types and realise that if we miss a day of working out or want a beer (or five) life is short and it's not the end of the world. We are all beautiful.


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