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Hialmar

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About Hialmar

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  • Birthday 05/21/1970

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  • Location
    Sweden
  • This profile is a...
    real profile.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Orientation
    Bisexual (Male Preference)
  • What are your interests?
    Physical exercise, reading, writing, history, world's mythologies, punk rock
  • What are your stats?
    I'm just average, but I am gradually growing - slowly but steadily
  • What are you seeking?
    Reading stories, writing stories, reading good advice about exercise. I am open for other things to occur.
  • What are your dream stats?
    Whatever I am able to achieve. Let's see what will happen.
  • Favorite Stories
    In the A.R.M.Y. now, Project Venice, The Recruit, Scott, The Commando
  • Favorite Bodybuilders
    Johnnie Jackson, Ben Pakulski, Con Demetriou. I keep an eye on what's happening to the next generation – Alexey Lesukov, Justin Compton and Florian Poirson. The demise of Dallas McCarver was a great disappointment: May he rest in peace.
  • Got Any Fetishes?
    Muscle, army, skinheads

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  1. Mass arrest of alleged LGBTQ persons

    Thank you, Anpu, for your informative answer. I know very little about South Africa. In my youth, I wrote letters for Amnesty International to South African politicians, asking them to release political prisoners, and I have read a few books by Desmond Tutu. I also have to confess, that I have negative prejudice about what to expect from Boers (you are probably able to give me a more nuanced view on that community, because all human beings are individuals, and things must have improved in more than 20 years), but I can't say that I am well-informed about the situation in South Africa. I only hope, that things will improve. The past before 1994 was terrible, from what I read at the time. Same sex marriage exist in SA since a decade, doesn't it?
  2. 1st gym workout

    I'm so glad for your sake, @ploder4! I agree with Kymuscleboy: Your joints need time to adapt to your new hobby. After that, you may gradually increase the weight. If the days scheduled are back to back, I would split the workout schedule in three parts. That would give each part of your body a week to recover, which is useful for hardgainers (like me) but a too long recovery for those who recover fast (like some of my friends). You will find out which type you are by time. There are many ways to split a workout schedule, but I have found this one useful: DAY 1 BACK Warm up Romanian deadlift (this one is slightly safer, than ordinary deadlift) Lats pulls Row (Lower trapezius + rhomboid) Upper trapezius (this one change how a man look. It is a very fun and rewarding muscle to train) Lower back (there is a bench for that, but some prefer machines) Rear shoulders DAY 2 LEGS AND ARMS Warm up Squats Leg press Leg curl Leg extension Calf raise (I prefer sitting, but some prefer standing) Biceps Triceps Forearms, one of the grips Forearms, the other grip If this one takes too long time, move the forearm-exercises to the other two days DAY 3 FRONT Warm up Barbell press (flat bench) Chest, cable stand fly Dumbbell press (inclined bench) Weight behind head, while lying on an declined bench (might also affect triceps in the outer extreme position, but affect chest in most parts of its trajectory) Front shoulder Middle shoulder Abs Obliques * * * I agree, that you ought to ask a trainer about the exercises, especially Romanian deadlift, row, squats, cable stand fly and dumbbell press. Use very light weights at shoulder exercise in the beginning. Newbies get great results with light weights at shoulder exercises in the beginning, but easily injure shoulders if using too heavy weights in the beginning. Festina lente is a good advice.
  3. The Librarian

    To all librarians who read this: I admire your hard work to help everyone else understand the human being and our place in the world – temporally, spatially, culturally and emotionally. And thank Deity for inter-library loan!
  4. Why you started work outs?

    Originally, it was for medical reasons. A physiotherapist suggested it, and I was very much of two minds about it in the beginning: A scrawny youngster surrounded by bulging lads? That felt threatening. After a while, I realised that I liked it: Me, the weights, pump, the feeling in the locker room afterwards, my somewhat recovering health, my progress, the gym atmosphere, the support from some of the big lads (who weren't as dangerous as they looked), my new sense of fun, news from the surrounding sub-cultures about professional bodybuilders and strongmen, reading about nutrition, the entire concept ... Training apparel wasn't nice around 1990, though. When I see pics from that era now, the colours, patterns and fashion look rather silly. The pros had better abs then, though. Where did all these extended bellies in the 00s come from? It took me some time to figure out how my teenage enthusiasm for action films, my swiftly increasing appreciation of physical exercise and my sexual orientation fit together, but I became more harmonious after that.
  5. Feelgood BBC news

    This news story, about a formerly bullied strongman contestant, will probably cheer up a lot of users here. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42782487
  6. First time you saw huge muscle!!

    Before I watched the film Conan the Destroyer at some point in the mid-80s, I wasn't aware, that anyone could be that muscular. I was vaguely aware of weightlifters, but at the time, and in my part of the world, they usually had a belly, and were very hairy and covered in clothes, and hadn't drawn my attention at all. Watching Arnold playing Conan must have influenced my mind very much. Years later, fellow students at university worked out quite seriously (and that fact was visible), and encouraged me to start. I am still grateful for their assistance and encouragement. In my awe-struck eyes they were blond giants. Friendly giants. Now, when I have more to compare them to, I would still describe their gains as very descent for hobby builders.
  7. Conflicted and unsure

    When I think about it, some (or many) might think that today's gym-culture connects us with history, but, rather, it connects us to something else: The (lifelong) unescapable experience of our embodied male existence. Through that way – rather than through the means of past gender-roles and historical notions on masculinity – exercise do connect us to men in the past. Hormones still work through identical mechanisms. Muscle fibres still are torn under weight, and regain more powerful after the stress of weights. Biologically, we function as our Stone Age forbears did, even if our culture and mentality differ. And many of us have more food than they had.
  8. Conflicted and unsure

    Thank you. As I wrote before, since masculinity has been renegotiated several times in the past, and is renegotiated today, it is hardly surprising, that egalitarian modern men with working mothers, working wives, (hopefully) better contact with their kids than "the great generation" or the boomers had, and with a less neurotic attitude towards discussing their emotional inner life with their mates (over a pint, in many cases), the gym has become an environment to nurture an aspect of masculinity which we perceive as "traditional", even if not all contemporary expressions of gym culture actually are historically "traditional". Great grandfather could have bought a membership in a boxing club or might have played football, but if he grew big, he did it in order to perform better. The mindset of his time would have been afraid of the many mirrors in today's gyms, and selfies... You know what he would have thought about selfies. The idea of working out to look better, rather than perform better, belong to our time. Nothing wrong with that. Each time takes pieces from the past and new pieces and puzzle them together into something for their own era. It's fun to watch one's new gains.
  9. The Doctor and the He-Man

    Ah. I must have mis-read. He had shrunk under the influence of the infernal chair.
  10. Conflicted and unsure

    You know more about the 17th century persons Dumas based his fictional characters on, than I do, and I haven't read Victor Hugo, so I don't know. I wouldn't call early 17th century and late 19th century Enlightenment either. We could spend lot of time discussing definitions, but 1660 is probably a good conventional starting point of the Enlightenment, at least in the English-speaking world, for obvious reasons. The end of the Enlightenment is a tricky matter. The American Revolution in 1776 and the French Revolution in 1789 are usually seen, as tumultous events caused by the Enlightenment notion of universal human rights, which would end Enlightenment in either 1810 (Sweden: The poem The Viking), 1811 (England: start of Regency) or 1814 (Continent: Vienna Conference established an anti-Enlightenment settlement for a while). As for literary fashion, the classicizing movement in writing existed in parallel to the romantic movement for quite a long time: James Thompson's Castle of Indolence straddle the divide between classicism and romanticism, and that already in 1748. Goethe (though a classicist in some ways), began the Sturm und Drang movement in 1774 with his Werther. At roughly the same time, Herder combined Enlightenment ideas with ideas that would form the romantic movement's obsession with nationalism (but, at that time, liberal nationalism, not the conservative nationalism of abt 1870-1945). Sculptors during the Enlightenment imitated antiquity, including numerous depictions of Apollo and Hercules, but these divine physiques of the ancient Greek were not expected to be attainable. As a sidenote, I may remark, that big calves were popular, when trousers ended at the knee in the 18th century, but that body ideal was otherwise rather lean and slim. Society after industrialisation viewed "too big" physiques to be entertainment, rather than something desirable for general middle-to-upper-class men to attain themselves, and I have a hunch, that the feats of circus strongmen and early bodybuilders was an entertainment appreciated by workers and lower middle-class, rather than the upper-class (the Victorian – and perhaps Edwardian – fear of being "vulgar"). Howard wrote his Conan stories in the 1930s, when attitudes had begun to change, but hadn't changed deeply, yet. His description of Conan's complection chime well with the Inter-War appreciation of a sun tan, but Howard expressed a critical view on modern times and civilisation in general, which wouldn't have chimed well with those who valued "modernity" and "civilisation" highly. The outlet of Howard's literary production were cheap magazines aimed at the working class, and had no pretention to be "serious literature", and as I remarked earlier, Inter-War and early Post-War working-class men valoured strength higher than upper-class men (and the middle-class men who aped the fashions of the upper-class) did. Readers of Howard's Conan-stories today are used to the several comparatively recent film- and TV-adaptations of the character, and we are used to the art Vallejo and Frazetta produced on Conan in the 1960s onwards, which might skew how we read Howard. If you compare Vallejo's and Frazetta's interpretations of the character with how Howard's original illustrator, Margaret Brundage, imagined the look of Conan, you will notice a very clear difference in visual imagination: Two very different cultures, zeitgeists and aesthetics.
  11. The Doctor and the He-Man

    I don't want to be nitpicky, Cardi, but I am almost sure, that you intended to write 250 centimetres, not 150 centimetres. The story is very enjoyable.
  12. Worked out early in the morning. Kwarrel wiv the Dean today. There of been complaints: Several complaints. According to Dean, the exchange students find my English hard to understand. And some of the Swedish students didn't like when I called Gilgamesh and Enkidu – the main characters in the Gilgamesh Epic – "two cool bruisers in Sumeria who were best mates". Snow. Will work out in the evening.
  13. Worship me bigger

    Cute and exciting at the same time. I like it.
  14. Muscle man fucks girls

    Chapter 8 of my story Professor Schnackenburg's mistake. If this is what you are looking for, you wouldn't like chapters 3-7, but perhaps the non-explicit chapters 1-2. That story wanders between quite different themes, depending on chapter: horror, growth, gay kink, theft, straight muscle sex, apocalypse...
  15. Forced to be bro

    Thank you. I am flattered. Elegant logic there, but no, this is a standalone story. The vivid imagination of the readers is the best continuation of all standalone short stories.
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