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Call us mavericks for going so far out on a limb with this statement, but muscles look good. And to many people, especially men, bigger is better.

Not convinced? Arnold Schwarzenegger, a six-time Mr. Universe before he turned to the silver screen, banked on an anatomically perfect (albeit inflated) body, not his acting ability.

Visit Rodin's The Thinker and Michelangelo's David, two sculpted hunks depicted sans clothes, and the transfixed gazes on admiring spectators highlights our inherent fascination with the male ideal. (Having seen them, we can tell you that both statues have bigger biceps than Arnold.)

While excessive vanity is a turnoff—Narcissus, where art thou?—properly controlled, it's a positive force since it's the primary reason most people come to the gym. How many times have you heard people make this springtime resolve: "Got to get in shape for the beach." (As if it's okay with them to be grossly out of shape the other 10 months of the year.)

One of the amazing, even addicting, aspects of weight lifting is seeing how quickly your untoned muscles respond to the task at hand. The body is an amazing machine, adaptable, responsive, capable of more than you probably ever thought possible—but it needs to be challenged to reach its potential.

After just a few weeks of steady working out you're likely to be amazed by the changes that occur. Not only does adding muscle burn more calories, but adding mass to your upper body will change your proportions and make your waist look smaller. (Women often try and create this illusion by wearing shoulder pads—a poor fashion choice if you're wearing a bathing suit.)

Preventing injuries may not be the most glamorous aspect of strength training, but it may be the most important. Here's a predictable pattern we've seen time and again.

1. Highly motivated man lifts like a fiend.

2. Sees significant results.

3. Piles on more and more weight until he suffers an injury (shoulder or elbow typically) that sends him to the sidelines for weeks.

4. Slowly, steadily he works himself back into shape until he gets strong enough to make the same mistakes that led to the injury in the first place.

Welcome to the "More isn't better, don't listen to your body" syndrome (better known to certain experts as The MIBDLTYB Syndrome).

One of the main causes of injury in the gym is working with too much weight or going for that extra repetition on your own. Never let your ego get in the way of proper form and safety.

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