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MY ATHLETIC LIFE
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MY ATHLETIC LIFE
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BODY CARE
Body Composition, Diet
BODY CARE
Fluids, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat
BODY CARE
Fiber, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, Sleep, Sex
USING THE GYM
Etiquette
USING THE GYM
Your Locker, Gym Etiquette
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Tips: Form, Breathe, Repetitions/Sets, Breaks
YOUR WORK OUT
Tips: Warm Up, Cardio-Exercises
BODY CARE
Drugs, Piercings, Tattoos, Skin Care, Eyes, Nose, Eyebrows, Ears, Lips
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Body Hair, Shaving, Scalp, Hair, Bathing, Nails, Feet, Hands, Teeth, Breath
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EXERCISES
Chest, Back
EXERCISES
Shoulders, Arms
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Arms, Forearms, Legs, Butt
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Legs, Butt, Stomach; Exercise Plans From Beginner to Advanced
BEST OF ATHLETIC AND OTHER PICTURES
Collection of Pictures From These Pages
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Gay Christian Online - Athletics - My Athletic Life HOME

firmly believe we are triune, just like God. God is Father, Son, and Spirit. We are Spirit, Soul, and Body. We often devote our lives to our soul and body, forgetting the spirit. But, those of us who are Gay or Lesbian Christians, we sometimes forget the body, too. All three must be in balance. So, make sure your body is as healthy as your spirit and your soul.

eople write me now and then and complain about "certain pictures" on the website, pictures of people, and pictures of ME "supposedly" unclothed. They think it is not Christian, or sinful, and I have a problem. I remind them WHY these pictures appear. The photographs used here relate to the topic discussed, to show the muscle groups involved, or to show athletic development. People see what they see; I sometimes believe their objections actually reveal their true hearts. So, I remind you, too, to have a proper and healthy perspective on art and photography, for rarely are they the problem; instead, the problem lies in the heart of the viewer.

DID YOU HONESTLY ARRIVE AT THIS WEBSITE PAGE AFTER DOING AN INTERNET SEARCH TO SEE NUDE PHOTOGRAPHS? IF SO, THAT IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE, NOR THIS ARTICLE... However, Welcome Anyway... I hope you will learn from this article. Thanks, Ben

Gay Christian Online - Athletics - Using the Gym (Your Locker) HOME

began by dragging all my gear back and forth, with my change of clothing every day, putting it in a locker, and then hauling it all back home. That lasted a month.

Gay Christian Athletics - Your Gym Locker

Then I rented a locker. Some Gyms let you use your own locks; others provide them. I slowly began to fill my locker with all my toiletries and a small hair dryer.

Although most Gyms provide body and hair soap shampoos in the showers, I bring my own from home, in travel size, so my body is used to using the same things at the gym as at home.

Gay Christian Athletics - Use A Locker And Always Lock It! Always lock your locker! Do not lose your things to theft.

Gay Christian Athletics - Shower-Wraps are One of the Greatest Inventions, HaHa Unlike these guys, I'm not very good at keeping a towel tied around my waist. Everytime I try, it falls off. I just do not have the right hips, I guess. HaHa.
So, I bought a Velcro shower-wrap that I wear to and from the shower, while sitting in the sauna, etc. Gay Christian Athletics - Shower-Wraps are One of the Greatest Inventions, HaHa
Gay Christian Athletics - Shower-Wraps are One of the Greatest Inventions, HaHa It's kept in my locker, along with my shower shoes, swimsuit, weight-lifting gloves, radio/headphones set, hair dryer, and toiletries.

By having a locker, the only gear I haul to the Gym is the clothes I plan to wear for the rest of the day, and pack and take home the work out clothes I wore that day at the gym.

Gay Christian Athletics - Keep Your Locker Space Clean and NeatLocker room changing areas can be small, even cramped. Give room so other people can change clothes, lay out their gear, etc. Keep the area around your locker clean and neat; do not be a "locker room pig," and that applies to the ladies, too.

Learn how to get dressed and undressed in a small space. Do this even on days the locker room is not crowded.

Gay Christian Athletics - Learn To Dress In A Small Space

Gay Christian Online - Athletics - Using the Gym (Gym Etiquette) HOME

Etiquette in the Gym
Work Out Areas, Locker Rooms, Showers, Saunas, Hot Tubs, etc.

s a Gay Christian in a gym, seeing someone unclothed is a part of gym life. You are in an environment devoted to the human body, health, and fitness. More than likely you will see and be around unclothed people of the same gender. You may accidentally see someone with no clothes on who is of the opposite gender. A woman may accidentally expose a breast while lifting weights. You may walk by a guy on the floor doing his stomach exercises, and noticed he has an erection. You may see a guy wearing shorts lying on a bench, accidentally see up the leg, and notice he is wearing nothing underneath. Oops.

Gay Christian Athletics - Group Shower

Some gyms have group showers. So, you are obviously going to see unclothed people.

Other gyms have individual showers, with little to no chance of seeing someone naked, except while stepping in and out of the shower. Either way, whether group or individual showers, or while changing clothes in the locker room areas, you will have to learn how to get used to nudity, respect other people, and keep your thoughts in their proper place.

Gay Christian Athletics - Who Knows Who Might Be Watching

For example, one day one of the women employees at my gym thought the men's locker room was empty, came in to retrieve wet towels, and saw me stepping out of the shower totally naked.

The way my gym is designed, unlike the women's locker room, where you enter, immediately turn left, and all dressing areas and showers are not visible from the locker room entrance, the mens locker room is split in half, the doorway in the middle, with the showers on the left side, and the dressing area on the right side. If the men's locker room door is not shut, someone entering or leaving, people can see into the men's locker room. My gym's whirlpool area is shared by men and women. You can sit in the whirlpool and see halfway into the mens locker room, but not into the womens locker room.

My locker happens to be right inside the men's locker room door. At first, I was like many of the other men, hesitant and shy about crossing over to the showers and back if the door was open. But, I finally decided we are all adults, and supposedly all know anatomy, so who cares. I decided to be brave and proud, and walk back and forth without any shame or embarrassment. The women in the whirlpool can look all they want. All of the men think I am very brave.

Gay Christian Athletics - Nudity Does Not Automatically Mean... Gay Christian Athletics - Sex, Or Sexuality

In proper context, none of these things have to be embarrassing, nor be viewed as something sexual.

I was never unclothed around anyone until I was suddenly thrust into Gym class with forty other guys in school. It was just expected, considered normal. But, now I've discovered most schools do not require showers in Gym class anymore. How long that's been a policy I don't know, but I know it has been going on for several years. So, we we have a whole generation of men and women who are not used to being naked around each other.Gay Christian Athletics - Are You Shy?  It's Ok

Gay Christian Athletics - Pee Shy?

I notice more and more younger men who are "pee shy," they avoid urinals all together, and head straight for the stalls. I also see men shy about changing clothes or being completely naked in front of other men; they wrap a towel around their waist, change their clothing underneath, or stripe naked and head to the showers. Still other guys do not use the locker room at all, just work out, leave, and shower and change at home.

It seems men are not as comfortable being unclothed around each other as they used to be. I think it is becoming a generation change and culture difference. I notice older men do not seem to have any problem changing clothes, showering, using open urinals, or being nude in the locker room, or other areas in the gym that permit nudity. Whereas, younger guys, seem to be more self-conscious, hesitant, or shy about any form of nudity.

I do not think this "nudity shyness" has anything to do with gay men (or even women) using a gym. Yes, there are, and always will be some straight men who will feel uncomfortable being completely naked around other men, because they fear there might be gay men present who might be "scoping them out," or they actually know of openly gay men at the gym, and fear they are doing that. But, generally, I think the real reason is a generational shift in our culture.

Gay Christian Athletics - Learn How To Relax While Undressed Around Other People

In most Gyms, more and more women no longer use the women's locker rooms at all; they just work out, then leave for home to shower and change clothes.

Gay Christian Athletics - Cover Up A Little While Shaving

But, there are some people who are a little bit too comfortable being completely unclothed. In my gym's locker room, we have several sinks and mirrors, where men can shave, comb their hair, and brush their teeth, etc. Most men use them while either clothed, or wrapped in a towel. But, there is one man who stands there using the sink to shave, dry his hair, etc. the whole time totally nude. Try to be undressed only when you need to be bare.

Gay Christian Athletics - Do Not Stare

It is not uncommon for men to get an erection while working out, or in the locker room while showering, or while drying off with a towel. It has nothing to do with sexual arousal. The rubbing friction from gym clothes while riding a stationary bicycle, lifting weights, soaping and drying off in the shower can cause this. It has happened to me, and I have seen it happen to other men, too. It is normal; so do not be embarrassed. If you see it, do not assume nor read into it something that may not really exist. Be respectful.

Do not confuse friendly touching with sexual interest in you, nor as a sign that supposedly reveals someone's sexual orientation. Men, more than women, sometimes assume physical touch means something sexual. It may just mean friendship and support in sports and athletic goals. In American culture, men will often pat each other on the butt, wrap arms around another guy's shoulders or waist after achieving some type of athletic goal or win, sort of a recognition of a job well done. It does not mean nor imply anything sexual.

Gay Christian Athletics - Do Not Stare

Do not stare, either. I see people staring at good-looking athletes in the locker room, even in the weight or exercise rooms. It is rude. You can admire someone, be inspired by someone, even compliment someone, but do not stare. I have had conversations in the hot tub, and locker room while undressed with other undressed men; focus on the conversation, nothing more.

Gay Christian Athletics - Sauna Use

Some gym locker rooms, exercise areas, saunas, hot tubs, and whirlpools are mixed gender (male and female), others are same sex (male only or female only). Know your gym rules before you enter, and dress appropriately for the culture or background of other gym patrons; not everyone may want to see more of you than needed or desired. Even if you are in an area alone, or even if the area is same gender only, that does not mean you may or should be undressed. While in these areas, you should not assume other patrons are gay or lesbian, interested in you, see you as anything other than another gym patron; neither should you be using the gym's facilities just to socialize, find a date, a sexual hook-up, nor a lover/spouse/husband/wife (if you make a friend or end up on a date, let it be a happy accident). Respect the privacy of other patrons; some do not want to chat or socialize while working out, or using these areas.

For example, my gym's sauna is mixed gender. I might be able to wear my towel loose or open, if I am alone or with other men who do not object. But, I should never sit completely without the towel, in case a woman were to walk in, nor sit with the towel loose or open in her presence... unless she didn't object, HaHa.

Have the right attitude, and use the gym's facilities correctly. You are here for your health; friendship and dating is secondary, and you should show responsible behavior while in the locker room, exercise areas, sauna, hot tub, or whirlpool.

Gay Christian Athletics - Remember Where You Are And Why You Are There

I can understand how being unclothed in a gym can be difficult for someone who is gay or lesbian; perhaps, more difficult for gay men, since men in general may be more visually stimulated than women. Straight men and women have less of a problem with this, they only see someone of the opposite gender in the workout areas, not the locker rooms, since straight people cannot change clothes in a locker room of the opposite gender. So, here you are, a gay man, in a gym, wanting to work out, develop your body, and yet at the same time, all around you are very good looking male bodies, often parading completely naked in front of you, with their front and backside "things" showing, sticking out, swinging, or bouncing around in front of you. Swoon!

Gay Christian Athletics - Naked Team Sports

It is important to remember, unless you are in an actual gay (or lesbian) gym, the majority of people in the gym and locker rooms are straight, heterosexual, not gay or lesbian, homosexual. People tell me stories all the time about incidents that have happened in their gym, when a guy gave them a certain look while working out or in the locker room, accidentally touched or brushed up against them, etc. In most all cases, none of those things mean anything, rarely ever mean they are "hitting on you," interested in you romantically or sexually. Whenever being undressed happens, whenever supposedly sexual things happen, they should not be misunderstood or misconstrued.Taking A Rest, Not Looking At You

This gym "signals" confusion for gay men is similar, in many respects, to the experiences during gay male adolescence. Some adolescent teenage young men briefly "play" sexually with each other, masturbate together, watch each other jack-off, activities may even include touching each other, or mutual sexual acts together. It is part of learning about themselves, their bodies, and each other, sometimes culturally acceptable, other times known culturally but not discussed nor acknowledged. These men quickly move on to developing friendships and dating women. But, what about the gay teenager, who took part in those activities with those men? He may confuse what happened, think the person liked him emotionally and sexually, he may fall in love with the guy he was "playing with," he may think, or wishful thinking the person was actually interested in him, wanting to date him, etc.

So, similarly, a gay man can get his "signals" confused in a gym when another man shows interest in him, wants to work out or share weights with him, talk to him while both are naked in the showers, accidentally touch each other in "certain places" while working out, notice a guy looking at him "funny," or see a guy with an erect penis under his shorts, or completely exposed in front of him while in the locker room. Thus, it is important to keep things in perspective, not read into the event more than it really is.

"Horseplay" may sometimes occur in the locker room or gym. Horseplay might be slapping someone on the butt, fake wrestling, sexual teasings, snapping someone with a towel, pulling away a towel, or pulling down underwear to reveal the body, etc. These are not "signals" of interest or sexual arousal, nor are they sexually motivated nor implied. They often are intended to denote friendship, acceptance, part of the group. They generally are harmless; however, if they make you feel uncomfortable, if you find such activities unwelcome, you have the right to speak up, make your feelings known, and ask others to respect your wishes and personal space.

European, Australians, South Americans, and African gays and lesbians find this whole topic amusing; for them, culturally, being undressed is not unusual, nor a problem. They often share the same bathrooms and dressing areas, families are bare at the beach, and shampoo and soap television commercials or advertisements show the whole unclothed body. They are able to view the bare body for its artistic beauty, health, and vitality separate from anything sexual or sexually stimulating or arousing. North Americans, Asians, and Middle Easterners have more difficulty doing this, culturally are not exposed to very much complete nude body viewing, and may see being unclothed as sexual or something taboo.

Each of the pictures used in my website were chosen specifically to emphasize the points discussed, religious classical art, or as an example of some health or physical work out activity. Yet, some people will complain about certain pictures they find objectionable, or do the exact opposite, and comment about how the person in the photograph is "hot."

Gay Christian Athletics - Do You See A Man Bench Pressing Or Just A Naked Man

What you read or see in these paintings and photographs I use in this website, or what you see in your gym and locker room is your choice. You should be able to make the right responsible choice and recognize where you are, why you and others are in the gym and locker room, and keep things in perspective. If you cannot, then you might need to do some rethinking about your values and ethics, and perhaps need to address some dysfunctions or hang-ups you have acquired.

Admire and honor what you see, be respectful of others, who they are, and why they are at the gym, too. Learn to be able to view an unclothed body, wherever you see it, within its implied perspective; whether it be sexual or not, be responsible in your reactions.

Gay Christian Athletics - Be Comfortable With Yourself And With Other People, Too

See Also: Books: Athletic, Health, Medical.

Remember, you are a Gay Christian. So, guys try to keep your thoughts above the waist; or, above the neck for you ladies, HaHa.

Gay Christian Athletics - Keep Your Thoughts In Their Proper Place

et's continue with actual work out tips, form, breathe, repetitions/sets, breaks...

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