ACCESSIBLE PROSE AND EXPERIENCED INSIGHT
. . . . Provides the reader with a timely idea: the importance of the gym in allowing gay men a place where they can find each other and, most significantly, themselves. This VERY READABLE book politely kicks sand in the faces of those who impugn the gym as anything other than a unique, healthy, surprisingly diverse communal culture worthy of study, comment and maybe even membership. . . . This INSIGHTFUL history gives voice to the countless gay men who found the strength to assert themselves and in doing so redefined masculinity. --Tom Cardamone, Author of The Werewolves Of Central ParkAN INFORMED HISTORY AND BREEZY ANALYSIS OF GAY MEN'S THIRSTY INTEREST IN BODY IMAGE. . . .
Athlete Alvarez is a trainer who leaves his muscular signature on this entertaining book that covers early physique magazines, steroids, and pro athletes like Dave Kopay and Tom Waddell, inventor of the Gay Games. As a longtime gym-insider, Alvrez writes about what he knows. He captures the mystery and history of gay gym culture, of self-fashioning notions of masculine identity, and how gay muscle flexed gay power and uncloseted our Platonic Ideals into straight mainstream advertising. --Jack Fritscher, PhD, Author of "Gay Sports" in Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer - Sex,
About the Author
Erick Alvarez is a freelance writer and independent scholar. He has a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from San Francisco State University, and has been a personal trainer in the San Francisco gym scene for over a decade.