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Monday, July 6, 2015

Build of a Man: Part 1

It has come to the point where I feel a need to address some comments made by a handful of folks who questioned my preference in male beauty. Despite the name of this blog, I do not possess the definitive formula to making the perfect man. What I have are my preferences, my personal taste, and yes, my biases, that makes me gravitate towards one guy over another. Therefore, some folks have formed the opinion that this blog offer too narrow a scope amongst the vast range of male beauty, and they are absolutely right.

I will apologize for many things about my blog: the lack of racial diversity; the overlooking of attributions to the photographers; the haphazard writing in some posts; its pure and blatant sexism; its pure and blatant objectification of men. But why would I apologize for specifically liking lean and muscular men, and featuring them often?

So...what kind of guy do I like? If you have followed my blog since the beginning (or are catching up by going through the archive), you should have a pretty good idea, but I will elaborate more below.

First off, I like lean men, as most people would concur with my opinion. So yes, I prefer the guy to the left over the guy on the right.

But what about muscularity? What is the amount of muscle on a man that I find sexiest?

Well, let's look back at men I have entitled as Men of the Week, Two Weeks, or Month.

The first type of body is what I'll call the Light Build. These men are perfect as fashion models because they look great wearing form-fitting clothes. Most of these men also have enough muscles to look great if asked to be shirtless. The epitome of this is one of my favorite men of all time: David Entinghe.
Other men in this category include Travis Davenport; Jimmy Brighton, and Bruno Rosendo.

While David is lean (let's not take that away from him), other men with light build are certainly more ripped than him, and therefore, they are asked to take off their shirt in photoshoots more often. Martin Pichler is the posterboy for the light build/super lean man. In my humble opinion, he has has one of the best abs in the business.

The next type of body is the Medium Build. There is a wide range of what I deem medium build, and therefore, most of the men I feature would fall in this category. These men are perfect for underwear modeling, as the muscularity of their bodies must constantly be on display. One of the finest examples of this body type is a former Man of the Month: Chad Pinther!
Other great men who fall under this category include Tyler Lough, Maxwell Zagorski, Chris Austad, Anthony Greenfield, and another Man of the Month: Brett Hollands.

The next type of body is the Fitness Build. There is no getting around to it: these men have muscle! The gym seems to be their second home. You'll find them gracing covers of fitness magazines, when they're not bronzed and flexing on stage at a fitness modeling competitions. And this goes without saying: they are super lean. And yes, I have been gravitating towards this type of physique more than ever before, and I won't apologize for it.

Mario Schafzahl, our Man of the Month, falls under this category.
Other men include David Kimmerle, Stephen Box, Sean Sanders.

Some people might think his physique is too much and are turned off by it. To me, Mario has achieved the peak of the male form. He is a living definition of manly perfection.

Indeed, there is a point of building one's body that is 'too much' for me. This is the Extreme Body Building. There is a huge difference between fitness modeling and bodybuilding, and it is all based on size. The aesthetic appeal of a man's physique dramatically drops off after the muscles reach a certain size.

Let's take a look at a case when a man has, for me, gone to the extreme end of building his body. Below Jiri Prochazka, who is titled with Man of the Week. He is also the man who greets you at the top of the blog! I think he is at his peak fitness form in these photos...

Jiri, however, was not content with his physique, so he went on to build more muscle over the years. Unfortunately, that means his sex appeal and level of approachability has diminished considerably in my eyes :(
While I wish I could have been there two years ago to tell Jiri that he was at his peak in terms of aesthetic appeal, I'm sure he wouldn't have listened. There is nothing that will stop a man this determined to achieve a perfection that he has set in mind. And at the end of the day, if this is the physique that truly makes him proud, than I'm glad he has achieved it.

Tomorrow, I'll also feature another Man of the Month whose muscle mass has fluctuated somewhat dramatically...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In case you forgot...

Mario Schafzahl didn't appear out of thin air to become Man of the Month on this blog. I have actually taken notice of him since 2013.

His very first appearance was in a post called Man of the Moment: Mario Schafzahl. This is my favorite picture from that particular post...

Based on that picture, I immediately thought Mario's best feature was his arms, so of course I had to showcase him in Body of a Man: Arms Race.

Then in a Front and Back series, I posted this collage of his back.

And most recently, I showed you this picture of him getting out of the pool...
(Actually, this is a better version of the pic I showed you in that post)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

There's lots of celebrate this year, especially in recent news (Supreme Court rulings). Obamacare is saved. Gay Marriage for all. As we proudly celebrate the USA's 239th birthday, let's not forget about the folks who first fought and sacrificed for our Independence, and the folks who fought to keep our freedom intact.

Some might think wearing clothes fashioned with the patterns of your country's flag is a sign of national pride, while others may think it is tacky and/or tasteless (especially if it is underwear). Whichever side of the fence you land on, remember that there is only one flag in this country that even deserves this debate. And that the other flag that is so cherished by southern states shouldn't even be considered in this argument. That's as political as I will get today.

It's weird that Mario is sporting a bandana with the US flag pattern. He's not even American. But hey, I ain't complaining!

Alexandre Carneiro.

Brady Ervin.

David Boudia.

Chad White.

Kyle Hildebrand.

Trey Hardee.

Matthew Born (in the USA).

Matt Mendrun.

Kirill Dowidoff.

Rodrigo Calazans.

Anthony Green. Jeff Timmons.

Giovanni Francesco. Will Helm.

Justin L Shaw. MT Sharp.

Kurtis W. Sir Style.

Unknown with sleeveless hoodie.