Meet Brad Hamilton. Brad has had his abs etched using the latest development in high definition liposculpture. He has no traps, no tris, no real muscle to speak of…but he does have abs. Michael Behar’s excellent article in this months Mens Journal highlights this $20,000 procedure. It also highlights how far we have fallen. It wouldn’t be so depressing were it not for the fact that the before and after photographs are so utterly underwhelming. And no lack of lipids around your abs is going to alter the fact that you are a sad old wannabe.
Rather than take charge of his own health and well being Brad decided on the most invasive of short cuts and had someone vacuum the fat from round his abs. What’s more, he can put on up to 15 pounds of fat and his abs will still be visible. So will his complete lack of strength. Damn, for 20K he could have spent a couple of months on a Costa Rica living like Robinson Crusoe and getting seriously fit. He could have travelled to Brazil and trained with Top Team. He could have simply bought a Kettlebell, done RKC and changed his whole life for the better. But no, the surgeons table beckoned. Apparently the upside of this procedure is that the “patients” find a new passion for fitness, diet and exercise.
Brad says, “I worked out three days a week. I ate well. I took really good care of myself. But I wasn’t seeing results”. Boo hoo. You have no-one to blame but yourself. I hope you and your new found midsection will be happy. I am sure everyone at the gym is really impressed with your new found attitude to fitness. You have bought yourself a temporary solution to a long term problem. And what’s worse you’ve made yourself weaker for it. What next, pec impants, chin implants, penis enlargement?
Do you think he is now suddenly overwhelmed by the desire to hike his shirt up during meetings and shout “Yeah Baby”.
How ever you look at it, it’s sad. I feel for him. He has subjugated his personal disappointment for a while but in the process he has missed out on the most important part of the process. You cannot buy self actualization. In fact you can’t even earn it, you have to experience it and to forgo experience in favour of a quick fix in these days of opportunity as simply shameful.