Calling all young Aussies…
We live in an era where it is normal for people to “check-in” to gyms to show their Facebook friends they are working-out, or queueing outside the tanning salon for that bronzer than bronze look. In fact, it has become the in-thing for young Australian adults to be in their best physical condition by working out, lying under the sun and wearing next-to-nothing.
The concept of “shredding” and “aesthetics” stem from people like celebrity personality Zyzz, born Aziz Shavershian, a bodybuilder turned model turned personal trainer turned part-time stripper. He gained internet fame after posting multiple videos of himself on YouTube, and established a cult following. His lifestyle and impressive physique inspired young men around Australia to mould themselves after him and thus, the era of aesthetics was born.
A survey conducted by the Australian Fitness Industry found that 68 per cent of members worked out three or more times a week. A vigorous exercise regime would be necessary for a solid bodybuilder-like body, of course.
Blayne Wenlock, 21, from Stanhope Gardens in Sydney, told the Newsroom that while the trend of aesthetics may have influenced him, it wasn’t the sole reason behind his decision to bulk up.
“[My inspiration to get fit] was a bit between getting fit for sport and also getting a good body,” he said.
The writer was introduced to the wonders of solarium tanning earlier this year and found the concept fascinating. Now, there’s a twice a week visit my local tanning salon to touch up on my colouring. What was surprising was that so many people visit tanning salons. Customers often have to wait in line for up to 15 minutes. Even more surprising was the diversity of the clients visiting such facilities – young, not-so-old, male, female.
Skyla James, a 20-year-old student from Woolloomooloo, had her first taste of a solarium at the tender age of 15. Did Skyla, the Newsroom asked, feel the peer pressure of vanity to visit the solarium?
“Definitely not,” she said. “I just feel better in myself when I have colour and it looks better.”
And of course, if you put so much effort into looking amazing, why not boast about it with a selfie or two? Where smartphones are as common as breathing, so is the appearance of selfies. What could be more vain than posting an album-full of selfies on Facebook?
Why is it all of a sudden important for young Australians to tone and tan up just because everyone else is? Is the importance of someone saying “Ooft bro” to your weight gain that necessary for life?
Apparently it is, so grab a protein shake and tan-in-a-can and strap yourself in for a very vain rollercoaster ride. – Noah La’ulu