When I moved to Taipei, I noticed that there were not very many muscular locals. Most of the local girls were very slender, but tended not to have much muscle mass. I noticed the same was true of males – very few boasted muscles. I did notice that a lot of emphasis was placed on being skinny, however, particularly for the women. Friends and family members were always openly commenting on weight; “you seem to have lost some weight, you seem to be getting fatter.” Yet, I never heard much about “your biceps are getting so much bigger!”
In fact, a pretty big gym ended up going bankrupt during my time there – Alexander Gym.
The way I grew up, we almost idolize those who we feel have the muscular body types. I’ll use the example of Marisa Miller, who is an American, Californian bikini and lingerie model. In order to look the way she does, she must work out nearly every single day, using resistance bands and surfing:
Is a body like this simply unattractive in Asia? If so, why? If it is considered attractive, why don’t we see more local men and women pumping iron and developing muscles?