Some fifteen years ago, around the turn of the millennium, the mirror in which we viewed our bodies was jostled, as if by an earthquake. A questioning of gym routines gathered steam, and we began to see our corporeal selves differently. The upheaval revealed an unexplored region where numerous aspects of physical culture converge: the New Frontier. We have come to value functional movements, exercises that mimic things we might do in our daily lives, like lifting something heavy or sprinting away from danger. The shift to functional exercises consisted of two motions-the first going back to the basics, often historical ones, and the second opening fitness beyond the gym to everyday life. When your gaze slips off the mirror and onto how well you function in the world instead, you inevitably shift emphasis away from working out to change how you look and toward physical performance. And through this emphasis on performance, New Frontier Fitness is changing our notions of what constitutes an attractive physique; it is slowly, though perceptibly, altering the very culture of the body. Book jacket.
Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Dumbbells to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors
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