There’s a bodybuilder convention or something in town this weekend, and we’ve had several participants in the store as customers…really short Spanish-speaking men, and guys with tans that look so strange in this day and age. One of the female bodybuilders was across the hall, buying a cookie, and we were amused to see the reaction she was getting from the guys just walking through the mall. She was not dressed so unusually that you would notice her from afar, and she was on the short side. She was wearing a tank top and short shorts, but the most noticeable thing about her was the definition in her arms…guy arms like that just catch the eye. No chest to speak of,…just pecs or delts,whatever those chest muscles are called…very much a guy chest. And she wasn’t especially attractive, not ugly…just average, with average blonde hair.
But the men…stopping, staring…one group of older teen boys must have doubled back about three times to take another look. There are plenty of women walking around dressed similarly who don’t even get glanced at, so all the attention seemed odd to us. And we wondered…are they staring at her because they are attracted to a heavily muscled girl and find it sexy, or because she looked odd and they found it…odd.
Is the thought of a female bodybuiler attractive to most men, or just the idea that here stands a woman who would eagerly strip down to a tiny bathing suit and pose for you, as my coworker thinks? Do men stare because of the freak quotient, or do they really find this pleasing to look at? We have had absolutely stunning women walk through the mall and get not a second glance, but this kind of plain woman gets a crowd because of her shoulders and arms.
Unless, of course, all the men in the vicinity were fans of the sport and recognized her as a star of some kind…that thought just occurred to me. (I never recognize the major league ball players or rap stars who stroll through the mall, but they attract a crowd, and that I notice)
But in general…is this a hot look? And why?