W is for work out.

| April 17, 2014

W is for work out.  While many of us do not consider the actual action of working out to be aesthetic in nature, I would argue to the contrary.  In addition to health, many gym-goers are driven by their pursuit of aesthetic perfection—modern society’s idea of a “fit” figure.  Body builders are the most obvious example of this.  With much dedication, they patiently sculpt their figures by adhering to a strict routine of strength and cardio exercises.  Additionally, they monitor their nutrition to ensure optimal results.  The diligence these bodybuilders exhibit is in many ways reminiscent of an artist working on a collection.

The physical movement of exercise can be seen as an artistic experience.  Exercisers often experience a similar sense of “flow”—perhaps driven by endorphins—but a flow nonetheless.  Today’s Yoga and Barre classes are choreographed to perfection.  Many yoga classes even incorporate readings of poetry or inspirational quotations during the class.  Bootcamp classes are results oriented and strategic—perhaps edited and re-edited as much as an artistic project.  Even just a basic running workout carried out on treadmill equipment produces a sort of soothing rhythmic motion that is both apparent to onlookers as well as experienced by the runner.  I really enjoy developing my ability to find the beauty of the everyday movements of humans.