The idea of strength training is not solely within the mail domain, rather it is something enjoyed and experienced by all genders, however I feel the pressure/urge to strength train is does contain an aspect with is uniquely male. Given the exposure to overly developed male physiques in the media do you feel any particular pressure to rush into strength training now that you are paying attention to your body? Are you strength training now? Free weights or machines? Do you agree that strength training in particular holds a certain meaning for men that exceeds it's health benefits? A social pressure, if you will.
However for the women reading. I know that you guys are just smacked in the face with unrealistic body images all over the place. But thinking outside of the ox to do you notice your husbands/boyfriends/brothers'/fathers beginning to feel just as pressured? Do you feel any of the above?
I personally have resisted the urge to strength train (even though i enjoy it quite a bit) because I want to see the weight drop. i gain muscle quick. You can kinda see in my progress pics that I am not a skinny dude. Due to this my weight tends not to budge when I weight train so I decided to just put it off until I reach "onederland" in which case it's b****-out from that point on.
I personally feel a particular push toward a gym body because I live in a beach town-in California. The physiques here are amazing, and frankly create a heavy fog of intimidation. I am hoping this summer I can feel better about myself on the beach than I have previous years.