The Gym-My Offending Eyes


There is something quite dangerous about being single in these sexually charged times. Back in the Puritanical and horribly uptight days, people dressed and behaved modestly. There were hardly any exposed body parts that could incite anyone’s imagination. There were no such things as ‘eye candy.’

In those days, such modesty and innocence were truly a blessing. The bible talks about plucking out an eye that could lead a person to evil. I is reasonable to infer that the verse was making reference to lusting, envy etc. I do have to say that if the bible was literal about removing the offending body part, then I would be blind many times over :-).

The place that does create such a dilemma 😉  is none other than the gym. It is a smorgasbord of hard bodies, good-looking men trying to make themselves look even better. Unfortunately, my offending eyes can’t seem to stop staring :-). It never occurred to me how much we all let it hang out at the gym-as little clothing as possible and everyone is showing off their best bodies. There is something about seeing good looking men work so hard (because the average man tend to do much less at home). I became aware (in my single-minded universe) that I was NOT the only woman who made note (but not ogling) of these men performing incredible feats, on contraptions like the pull up bar, quite alluring.

The funny thing about all that lust floating around in the gym is that each person-married, single or dating has equal opportunity eye candy time. Yes, it’s all about the eye candy. In the real world, most of us would not be given a 2nd glance but in the gym all is fair in people watching.  This is the one place in which no one cares about the marital status of the visually appealing specimens. I can not speak on the behalf of the men in this situation-because I barely take note of the women in the gym but I would think that they too may have issues with their eyes.

So, with this seemingly harmless place providing a table full of lustful delicacies, should Christians avoid gyms? Can we take it one step further and ban all Christians from men swim meet, body building competitions and anything that harbours a group of good-looking, well-build bodies dressed in outfits that leaves everything to the imagination? Is the ballet just downright pornographic????

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12 thoughts on “The Gym-My Offending Eyes

  1. Harley, hello again ! It is me, the old lady,.once more putting in her two cents. I wonder if all the goodies on display is doing the reverse ?When there is no mystery,.it can actually be.quite unexciting. My boyfriend used to be.a.nudist, and he told me that it was more of a friendly.atmosphere.I laughed a little as I read this, because being in a room full of muscle men would do nothing for me. I actually like heavy men, and.find.the ” cut” body unnatural. Anyway, I say excercise, enjoy the eye candy,and forget the guilt. Keep a light heart! And who know? Maybe if you get to speak to one of these gentlemen, you may meet someone nice who may be lonely.too. Future spouses can meet in the gym,.you know.

    1. Glad you aren’t dead, because it would be pretty spooky if a ghost was posting here. I am also 57, and still alive and kicking. I may not be as good as I once was, but I am as good once as I ever was. Leaving nothing to the imagination effectively removes titillation. It is our mind that is our primary sex organ, not our genitals. Our genitals are used to carry out our mind’s sexual desires, not visa-versa, although it seems that some men think with their little head, not their big head.

    2. It’s a pleasure hearing from you Bibiana. I go to the gym just to work out and the eye candy is a bi-product. I can be that focused. If a gentleman wants to speaks with me, then it’s his job to make the first move. Men still have to do some of the courting these days, women can’t do everything. 🙂

  2. It is how we process that visual eye-candy that can lead to lust. If each is noticed as one of God’s special creations, rather than as an object of lust, I believe we are free to look and enjoy. The same can be said about social nudity, If a person looks at each naked person as an object of lust, there is a serious lust problem. If each is seen as one of God’s works of fine-art, that is quite different. I have been in social nudity venues before, and very rarely gave lust a second thought,

    1. Steve, that is a very enlightened perspective. I do understand what you are saying – a beautiful body can be admired without any illicit sexual thoughts attached to the object/individual.

      1. Unfortunately, a lot of clothing is designed to accentuate certain “assets”, whether cleavage, bottom or legs. When one sees a naked person, they see a complete picture,,,including perhaps the “not-so-good” parts. I am a naturist…a Biblical Naturist, and I can tell you from experience that a LOT of the people I have seen nude/naked would look a WHOLE LOT BETTER with their clothes on. Gravity and time have not been good to them, but I still fully support their desire to enjoy nude recreation. I didn’t coin “Biblical Naturist”. That term was coined by Matthew Neal, whose excellent blog “The Biblical Naturist” delves deeply into what Scripture does, and as importantly does NOT say about nudity. I probably would look better clothed, but I have the body God has given me…defects and all, and I am not afraid of being seen.

        1. I had to laugh about the comment on some people looking better clothed. Age and gravity are very unkind to the body. The thing I do appreciate is that people can love their bodies with all their imperfections. In this day and age, the pursuit of happiness is creating an impossible beauty standard while shaming the natural/normal.

          1. Absolutely! You hit that nail squarely on the head. The media…print, TV…movies, all depict air-brushed perfection. Even new-anchors spend an hour getting their faces and hair done before they go on camera…and that includes both women AND men. I was at a nudist resort this last Saturday, and I never saw even one super-model or Chippendale. Most of the men and ladies were over forty, many over fifty, some over sixty, and I am quite sure there were even some over seventy. There were even a few beached-whales in the crowd, but nobody thought anything of it. All were there enjoying themselves, my imperfect self included. All were accepted equally. BTW, there are no class-distinctions among nudists, because all the trappings of “class” are left behind. Whether they came in a Mercedes or a beater, those don’t make it to the pool area, neither do fancy homes or tents, for that matter. No fancy jewelry makes it either. Nude people are equals…

        2. Harley, hello again ! It is me, the old lady,.once more putting in her two cents. I wonder if all the goodies on display is doing the reverse ?When there is no mystery,.it can actually be.quite unexciting. My boyfriend used to be.a.nudist, and he told me that it was more of a friendly.atmosphere.I laughed a little as I read this, because being in a room full of muscle men would do nothing for me. I actually like heavy men, and.find.the ” cut” body unnatural. Anyway, I say excercise, enjoy the eye candy,and forget the guilt. Keep a light heart! And who know? Maybe if you get to speak to one of these gentlemen, you may meet someone nice who may be lonely.too. Future spouses can meet in the gym,.you know.

  3. I never think about women dealing with physical lusts. Maybe cause I’m neither the type that people might consider physically appealing nor do I ever go to the gym. I can guarantee you that the men are always watching the ladies though. Always be careful of what you wear.

    1. “…men are always watching the ladies though.” Funny you should say that Donnie because one of the guys I know who visits the gym made a comment about one of the women there. It made me very aware that they are watching too.

    2. Women not dealing with physical lusts?? You’d be surprised. I am 57 and am not.dead yet-thank God!

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