Are you a Fan of Men’s Athletics or Just of Buff and Shiny Men? If Yes, then Read it.

Men’s athletics — perhaps you have heard of them? Men’s athletics, though identified with popular sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, actually have roots in track and field games. Track and field men’s athletics involve competitive sports such as running, throwing and jumping. The name athletics is actually taken from the Greek work “Athlon” which means a contest. There is also some variation in language when it comes to light athletics and heavier sports such as weight lifting or wrestling.

A History of Men’s Athletics

The first men’s athletic competition, the Olympics, was held back in 776 B.C. (yes, before you know who walked the earth). The only event held the first year was the stadium-length foot race or otherwise known as a stade. More games were created in the classical era, such as the Pythian Games (in 527), the Nemean Games (in 516), the Isthmian Games (in 523) and the Roman games, which featured more spectacular sports such as wrestling, chariot racing and gladiatorial combat. Men’s athletic contests were also a major part of other ancient civilizations such as the Celts, Teutons and the Goths. Even in the middle ages, younger male athletes would be trained in running, leaping, jousting and wrestling. Evidence suggests that contests between rivals and friends were prevalent at the time. The formal organization of the Olympics took place in the 19th century, and at this time, more traditional sports and exercise contests were added to the event.

Eating Disorders in Male Athletes

Is today’s male athletics dominated by eating disorders? What a far cry from the purpose of the original 776 B.C.E. Olympic Games! That might be an exaggeration, but studies do suggest that many contemporary athletes do have a problem with eating disorders as well as poor body image issues. Many male athletes surveyed state they do not believe they are “muscular enough” and wish to gain weight to be more competitive. This happens with male athletes, more concerned with building stamina and effective sports play, compare themselves to body builders who concentrate on their muscles. This is self-defeating however, especially considering that muscular male athletes may carry a higher risk of injury. Athletic men who are thinking of bulking up should consult with their trainers or their personal physician before making a drastic decision that could affect their performance and their life

Professional male athletes

Professional male athletes of today no doubt inspire many people including the amateur athletic man who seeks to reach the same career peaks someday, playing the sport they love. Professional athletes can earn millions of dollars from salary and merchandise. College athletes often times buy men’s athletic briefs and men’s athletic shoes endorsed by their favorite players. Some of these products are effective and can enhance performance, while others are just madly overpriced. Men’s athletic shoes are a very lucrative industry, with Nike and Adidas pulling in some of the biggest profits of a commercial year.

Finishing up

But forget sports — you are probably here to see shirtless male athletes and sexy male athletes posing for the camera! Sincere apologies are in order; there are no male athletes’ galleries here. Although if you are interested in male athletic training (for purely professional reasons, one would assume) then you must consider The ANNEX Sports Performance Center in Chatham, New Jersey, USA.

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