Building Muscle Over 50 : Aging MuscleBear Daddy Wannabe Hell

Muscle Building After 50 Hurts
If you thought packing on huge slabs of thick, massive muscle was hard work, try doing it after you're 50. Hell, try getting and remaining fit after 55. There's a whole confluence of things that happen to an aging Daddy Bear that conspires against the best of intentions. If you're like me and were late to the game, suddenly deciding that you're going to get in shape, commit to fitness and pack on big muscle mass by the time you're 50 years old -- You're in for a hard uphill, over-the-hill battle.

The desire to become a Beefy, graciously aging MuscleBear Daddy wannabe can be a tortuous hell -- particularly if you're not genetically inclined to: 1. HAVE muscles in the first place, 2. Easily ADD muscle mass from basic weight training, and 3. Steadily PROGRESS with your weight lifting regimen -- the best you'll be able to do is HOLD YOUR GROUND and prevent the loss of muscle mass thats a sadly normal part of getting older regardless. Testosterone Replacement Therapy - TRT does help building muscle in your 50's and beyond. But it becomes a bit of a trap because if you stop, you'll find you soften and lose your hard-earned hard muscle gains with alarming speed.

An aging Bear basically has to workout just as hard as ever, much more cautiously and carefully, with slowly degrading joints and ligaments conspiring against you. Weight training and muscle building over 55 often means dropping your poundages, performing lifts with precision and safety, and knowing your limitations.

Truvada Whore Bears And The Late To The Gay Party Drug : PrEP

Gay Bears Ready To Party
If you study the dynamics of Gay Subculture, one could argue that the Bear Community was "Late To The Party" in pop-culture-speak. All through the Free-Love 70's and Go-Go 80's, Queer Culture had already defined the major players of the Gay scene. There were the young, skinny and pretty-boy Twinks - and the aging Sliver-Fox Sugar-Daddies that adored them. There were our raucous, entertaining Drag 'N' Queen Soul-Sisters, and the Fraternal Order of Leathermen were a clearly visible bloc too. Even the Urban Cowboy's got their own gig, at least on weekends after Disco died and kicking up spurred-heels took it's place. And then there was... The Rest Of Us.

Ah, the rest of us... some of whom were Bears but didn't know or have a culturally deigned word for it. We were on the sidelines; furry, geeky wall-flowers indeed, wondering when WE were going to get our acknowledgment and chance in the societal sun: Hoping to maybe hitch-up with a 'Big Fella', get some whisker-rubs, and try to get laid -- something the other popular and known, codified, and iconized Gay factions had already excelled at for years. Truly Out Gay culture was exploding - but the Bearish were just catching rare bits of shrapnel from the distance.

Maybe that was a good thing. AIDS in the 80's had left a wasteland of loss. It didn't even seem to be our 'modern' understanding of HIV then - it was just AIDS - and if ya got it, ya wasted away, died, and were gone: QUICK. In the Gay-stream mainstream, the handsomest, buffest, prettiest, HUNG-est were the first to go it seems: Victims of their own popularity... Perhaps our decade and thensome of UN-fashionability had inadvertently given many of us Bear-folk a delayed survivability edge.

The 'Bear Community' didn't really coalesce until the early 1990's when Bear Clubs finally started getting traction and forming en-masse around the country, then around the globe. It seemed the Bears had no choice but to finally huddle together. Many of us were just survivors left stumbling alone in a trashed-out, Refugee Camp wasteland. Our UN-popularity had perhaps oddly worked to our survival advantage. We banded together in Bear Clubs desperate to rebuild a community out of the ashes -- and on our own terms. We finally got our gig: Better late than never, Bear!

Fast-Forward through that decade and beyond: Bears Are HOT! - Bears Are IN! - Bears Are NOW! ...And suddenly your waist-size, beard or hairy-back was no longer a date-killing, "Eeeew shave that off!" show-stopper. We were having Dances and Circuit Parties, Big-Tummy BBQ's, Camp-Outs and SpeedoBear Pool Parties -- AND WE WERE GETTING LAID! Properly, Thoroughly, Frequently - although a lot more cautiously - at least for some. True Whore Bears at last!

I'd dare say: A '2nd-Wave' of HIV infection came out of the 90's. Some despaired and gave-up even trying to survive the 80's AIDS wreckage and joined the HIV+ ranks passively, intentionally, or accidentally trying to have a sex-life of some sort in the new era: Everyone, Bears included. And even within our own community: Some of the Furriest, Beefiest, Perfect-Beardedest and HUNG-est objects of desire who played the field raw became the next victims of their own Pop-U-Bear-Ity Popularity... And history did another round of Rinse - Lather - Repeat attempt at elimination. Others, (like me) have kept dodging that fukking bullet for over 30-FUKKING-YEARS in some twisted sort of Russian Roulette: Peek down the barrel. Squeeze the trigger. Wait. Go get tested. Gawd, are we tired of that game yet? Could we at least all agree to play with fewer bullets?!?

If you've read this far you're probably wondering: OK, where does does HIV prevention using PrEP aka Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, Truvada Whores, and Gay Bear men who still like to play together fit in to the Big Picture of the Bear community? Many of us just aren't quite sure yet. But we owe it to ourselves and our Community to open up our minds, learn more about daily Truvada PrEP prophylaxis - and commit to doing whatever in the hell we have to do to respect our very lives and continue to protect each other.

But what does that mean? Many Gay guys have NEVER been tested! Many POZ guys don't get on or religiously stick to their Anti-Retroviral medication regimens. Many NEG guys repeatedly throw caution to the wind. Few can elevate condom use into a verbal celebration of "I can't wait to slip on a scum-bag and rubberfukk your dirty whore ass!" kind of excitement. What makes us think flawless PrEP adherence is going to be assured out there in the day-to-day real world?

PrEP is no panacea. It involves a deep examination of the medical, ethical, social, financial and behavioral analysis of your life, your sense of self, and your survival instincts in ways you might not be used to - or even want to RE-visit. The Advocate magazine online is doing an interesting article series: "31 Days Of PrEP" that educates and informs in easily digestible segments that makes it all more palatable.

Try to see a Big Picture: Where HIV can someday be overcome and be relegated to a minor footnote of the past in infectious disease history. For the current decade, maybe imagining some kind of grand conspiracy by Gilead Sciences Corporation to get ALL Gay men 'on the dole' is the best near-term solution that we've got to collectively accept: Atripla for HIV+ Bears, Truvada for HIV- Bears -- All of us. Every day. Every goddamn day until an even BETTER solution comes along, until HIV transmission drops to negligible and is driven into a corner. I personally haven't decided for myself yet. But I'm thinking we need to TRY -- Before we're too old to get it up, before we're too weary and broken to even care anymore.

(Bears Ready To Party - Image Source: Unknown)

ObamaCare Bears : Gay Men And The Affordable Care Act

Obamacare Benefits For Gay Men
I'm proud to say I'm a Gay ObamaCare Bear. Thank gawd for the safety and security that guaranteed health insurance coverage finally brings to our Gay community. Last year I wrote about the appalling health disparities of the LGBTQ community, particularly the minorities within our minority community. The ACA is working to end the inequalities of being uninsurable, underinsured, underserved, and outright uninsured. Having some form of health insurance is now the law - and it's working for you and our at-risk community.

November 15th is the start of the second annual ACA enrollment period. It's a great opportunity to get low-cost healthcare insurance if you haven't got any, or a chance to revise your insurance plan option for the upcoming year. You can visit www.healthcare.gov, select your state of residency and get a preview of the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level plans with possible insurance subsidies to find health insurance you can't afford to be without.

Think Preventative Care, Bear!


Your FREE annual preventative care visit might be all you need if you're in good general health. To maximize it, make sure you schedule the appointment early in the year - or take advantage of it before the policy year runs out. Be EXPLICIT with your doctor that you're there for an Annual Wellness Visit and to explicitly discuss using PREVENTATIVE BILLING CODES for the exam and routine tests! Stay focused on a general checkup and not get into specific chronic health issues: This will help insure you don't end up with unexpected out of pocket expenses. Do note that if your ACA plan has a deductible, these free screenings will NOT apply to it since you don't incur any actual wallet costs. You can print out a copy of the Affordable Care Act's mandated benefits here.

Get Poked! Don't Be A Hairy Typhoid Beary!


I was able to get a comprehensive physical exam any aging adult male should have. Tests included a CBC blood panel, a Fasting Glucose test for diabetes, and Cholesterol screening. But as importantly, I also got Hepatitis C testing, and caught up on ALL my age and risk-appropriate immunizations with absolutely no out of pocket costs. Those free vaccinations included a 3-shot series for Hepatitis A/B, as well as Meningitis, Pneumococcal, Influenza and TDAP - Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough. Getting vaccinated isn't just about you: You owe it to your Bear buddies and the broader LGBTQ community to make sure you're defending ALL our well-being. You can find the newest CDC immunization guideline PDF here.

Bears With Boners : Be Honest!


It's critical that that you frankly discuss your sexual history and risk behaviors with your primary physician. If you don't have a Gay or Gay-friendly physician, get a referral to one who is, cuz your well-being may depend on it. Bi and Gay Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (MSM) face unique health issues. And we actually qualify for more extensive HIV / STD testing and vaccination protocols at no extra cost because we are implicitly in a High-Risk group. There may also be Age-appropriate preventative services such as checks for colon cancer (if you're over 50) or a free vaccination for Herpes Zoster/Shingles (if you're over 60).

Even Fit Muscle Bears Need Healthcare Too!


Even if you've got good general health, work out daily and eat a clean healthy diet - being a fitness freak and big and beefy gym rat has it's own set of risks. Weight training and sports injuries happen, and without comprehensive insurance, a torn muscle or ligament could wreak havoc on your finances if you're uninsured. Buff Bears need ObamaCare too!

Gay Bear Events : Palm Springs Bear Convergence 2015

Gay Bear Events Palm Springs - IBC
The 2nd annual Palm Springs International Bear Convergence is growing to become one of the premier winter Bear circuit events for Gay Bear men and their admirers the weekend of February 12th thru 16th in 2015. Occurring on both Presidents’ and Valentine’s Day Weekend, it will once again be held at the perfectly located Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, California. Within easy walking distance, it’s just a few blocks from the heart of downtown and the Arenas gay bar, restaurant, and shopping strip.

The first year of IBC was a great success with well over a thousand attendees, the largest Gay Bear event the town's ever seen! In 2015, that number’s expected to double or triple. The event includes four themed pool parties in the Renaissance Hotel’s huge courtyard that features the city’s largest heated swimming pool. The are towering palm trees to provide often-needed shade and plenty of outdoor lounging areas with fire pits, cabanas and multiple bars to keep you wet and wild.

Bear Convergence will have plenty of opportunities to show off your beefy, hairy body in the latest Speedo Bear swimwear fashion poolside, shake your furry butt dancing to guest DJs, live entertainment, and meet thousands of bears from around the globe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday there'll be three themed nighttime dance parties. At the weekend’s main dance event Saturday night, there’ll be a live performance with Amber and Ultra Nate'. International Bear Convergence’s evening dances and daytime poolside events will feature some popular DJs from California and around the the world including: Doug Jackson from Fort Lauderdale, Sean Mac from Atlanta, John LePage from San Francisco, and our own DJ Chub Jim from Palm Springs.

For out of towner's flying in, the hotel's location is close enough to the heart of town that you may not need to rent a car. Weather in February can be 'iffy', but last year 80F temperatures and sun smiled down over the entire IBC weekend: Perfect! You'll likely need a light jacket or heavy overshirt in the evening, but wearing shorts in the desert is doable all year 'round.

Room rates at the Renaissance host hotel are $200+ a night, 3 day minimum -- But you'll be within spitting distance of the Bear-filled pool. For more affordable accommodations, budget hotels down around the curve of South Palm Canyon about a mile from downtown are far more affordable. (Think Knight's Inn, Travelodge, Royal Sun, Vagabond, Caliente Tropics or The Curve.) Clothing Optional Nude Gay resorts in the Warm Sands area won't be cheap, but offer more sexual freedom and playtime potential. (Think All-Worlds, Mirage, Inndulge). I'd guess by the time you read this, the more Bearish Bearfoot Inn and Chaps Inn Gay resorts are likely already booked solid. It'll be peak of tourist season in Palm Springs when bookings and room-rates are at the highest point of the year.

Local Bear men have the opportunity to buy a full weekend event package from the IBC website ahead of time, or you can just Pay-As-You-Go for select day or evening events if you just want to dabble and dip a toe into a few of in the weekend's festivities.

The Healthy Bear - Gays And ObamaCare

Gay Health Insurance
The numbers for the percentages of Gay women and men without health insurance in America is downright ugly. While nationwide about 1 in 6 (15%) of the general population go without health coverage, within the LGBT community the ratio of the uninsured rises to 1 in 4 (25%) overall. The percentage of uninsured is even bleaker for low-income Gay Transgendered, Hispanics, Blacks and other LGBT racial minorities where 1 in 3 (33%) go without.

ObamaCare is the biggest life-preserver our Gay community has ever been offered. So here's just a big Fuck-You to Gay Log Cabin Republicans who are complicit in supporting the GOP, the Conservative Right, and any one and any thing that seeks to undermine the ability of our LGBT community to finally get the guaranteed access to very affordable health care that we desperately need. There are many explicit non-discrimination provisions within the Affordable Care Act that address equality in access and services for our community that's long overdue - especially for those with partners and who are now legally married.

For Gay Bear men - especially the Chubba-Bubba Bears - Our propensity towards being overweight, prone to diabetes and vascular disease as well as our risk profile for HIV/AIDS and transmissible infections makes us a unique demographic that needs more than the average Straight Joe. We owe it to ourselves and our community to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits the ACA - Affordable Care Act - 'ObamaCare' is poised to offer us on January 1st 2014.

Even for Gay Muscle Bears and those with a Commit-To-Fit lifestyle, without basic comprehensive health insurance, all one's efforts at the gym may be for naught if a sports injury, an accident, or serious illness strikes. One's health, financial security and well-being can change in a single event, a single health crisis, or begin to degrade steadily with time.

Of note, the No-Cost PREVENTATIVE health services mandated to be included in all of the Affordable Care Act Exchange plans are something you ought to review and be aware of. The ACA prohibits out-of-pocket costs for prevention services. Particularly for MSM : Men having Sex with Men -- Free immunizations that the CDC Guidelines recommend for our community are something you should review with your doctor and take advantage of.

If you thought you couldn't afford health insurance, if you'd been denied because of pre-existing conditions, you might be surprised at how comprehensive and cheap ACA insurance through either your state or the national ACA exchanges can be. Policies range across a 4-Tier Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum framework. Even the lowest-cost but high-deductible Bronze plans include lower negotiated Physician or Urgent Care billing prices and prescriptions, with no out-of-pocket costs for those preventative services. Find out more about LGBT healthcare options at out2enroll.org -- and at apply at healthcare.gov or your local state exchange.

Beefy Bodybuilder Muscle On Stage : Generation Iron Documentary

Ever wonder what it really takes to muscle your way to the top and onto the stage at the Mr. Olympia professional bodybuilding competition? The long-awaited documentary "Generation Iron" hits theaters in September, more than three decades after the groundbreaking 'Pumping Iron' first turned the camera towards the emerging sport of competitive pro bodybuilders. That was then. This is now:



My favorite lugnut - Branch Warren is featured in the documentary - along with Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Kai Greene, Ronnie Coleman, Hidetada Yamagishi, Roelly Winklaar, Ben Pakulski, Victor Martinez and Dennis Wolf who round some out the worlds leading bodybuilders on the road to the Mr. Olympia 2011 competition. Expect a look at the men, their motivations and fears, strengths and weaknesses shown on camera like we've never seen before. The sport has evolved and grown so much over the decades, a modern view of today's pro bodybuilding scene is long overdue. More info can be found at the film's website.

MuscleBulls vs MuscleBears : LugNuts vs MeatHeads

Muscle Bull Strongman
They really are a different breed, you know. In the Bears vs Bulls stage out on the gym floor, the differing weight lifting and training styles of Gay MuscleBull men vs The MuscleBear Meat Heads plays out. When you study the genetic composition of these two disparate body somatotypes, it often boils down to the Endo-Meso hybrid (Lugnuts) vs the pure Meso or Meso-Endo types (Meatheads).

BULLS vs BEARS : LUG-NUTS


The thick-boned and well-padded Endomorphic-leaning MuscleBulls chow-down (up?!) in bulk to bulk up a heavy-set olympic Powerlifting frame ideal shoving uber-heavy sets of weights around. They never were predisposed to stripping down to lean, detailed, sculpted and striated muscle mass any ways. So they go for what's attainable: Lugging, dragging, shoving, hefting ridiculously heavy objects like #300 concrete balls and whatnot for sport -- ala the Strong Man Games.

BEARS vs BULLS : MEAT-HEADS


Ah, but your lean and beefy Mesomorphic-leaning 'Classic' MuscleBears - now that's a different stripe. They may go hard and heavy with the weights too, but like their diet it's far more controlled and geared for exacting precision. "Make _that_ muscle _here_ separate _here_, and bring it's size to _this_ and it's curve to _there_." The diet that feeds the Meat-Head Bear muscle machine is intrinsically different 'cuz sheer-BULK isn't the point.

All in all, two very differently composed physical types and patterns of body-fat distribution: Both inherently very muscular. But form follows function. Heavy set guys like MuscleBulls seem happiest doing what their bodies were designed for: Heavy Lifting, like oxen hooked to a plow.

Image Credit: Unknown - From a bygone era where wearing a Fig Leaf for support pre-dated the invention of the Jock-Strap.

Muscle Bear BodyBuilding Supplements : 1-2-3 Easy

Brutus The Bear Bodybuilder
There's a multi-billion dollar muscle building supplement industry just waiting for the next sucker and his wallet to come along. And if you're a Gay Bear, we already know you're already skilled at that, so… let's separate your actual nutritional requirements to pack on muscle from all the marketing myths, beliefs and hopes about nutrition. There's really only THREE things you actually need and want to shove into your Bear Hole to meet the demands of achieving your fitness and muscular development goals:

1. Eat A Clean, Fresh, Protein Rich MuscleBear Diet


The biggest challenge any muscle building Bear has is to consciously get the daily amount of quality, clean complex carbs and lean protein they need to pack on muscle - and to keep body fat in check. And if you're a big husky Bear training hard, your daily caloric needs are going to be high. Lean protein is the most expensive food source by weight, which is why the Magic Protein Powder industry is aiming for your wallet. (See #3 below.) Otherwise, it's not rocket science worth rehashing like a million diet 'n' muscle articles across the net. Just ONE sentence is needed here: Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Eggs. A lot of Fresh Vegetables and Fruit. Maybe a few Whole Grains. Period.

2. Take Your Vitamins, Bear


The ONLY 'insurance' policy your bod needs is a daily multi-vitamin with minerals. It's a cheap, 1-A-Day kind of guarantee your body will get ALL that it clinically needs without -- literally -- pissing money and excess unneeded nutrients down the toilet. Take two on days you need to believe getting 100% of your daily requirements isn't somehow enough. This Big Honker of a 500 count bottle of Kirkland's Multi+ is the cheapest, hands-down deal that'll last you a whole year. A multi-vitamin and mineral is the ONLY supplement you really ought to invest in:

CHEAP Multi-Vitamin

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3. Recharge Your Bear Body Post-Workout


Bring some good nutrition with you for right after your workout. The ONLY time you MIGHT need to get drug into the world of big-ticket $10+ a pound Nutrition Powders and Protein Shakes MIGHT be immediately after your gym workout. A rather complete and high protein shake with extra Branch Chain Amino Acids is best, forget the rest. Timed right, they can give your body what it needs for quick uptake, regeneration and recuperation. There you have it in two sentences - without having to read a 4 PAGE ADVERTISEMENT in a bodybuilding magazine that you thought was an article, but it turned out to just be an advertisement selling you 'miracle' supplements.

Gay Bear Fashion Trends : At The Gym - Bar - And Beyond

Gay Fashion For Bear Men
Hmmm. What's hot on the Gay fashion scene for Bears these days? Has Gay Bear fashion really changed much over the past decade or two? It could be argued that our Gay, hyper-sexualized homoerotic culture has a tendency to go after the same old butch and hard workin' man looks that have served us well as men in general over the past century.

Whether its vintage or modern work wear, Blue Collar fashion is still in fashion. Blue and brown twill slacks, work shirts and perma-press fabrics highly reminiscent of the beefy-handed electrician or plumber, or the slightly more upscale and crisp look of a UPS, FedEx delivery guy. And let's not forget that big and bearded hairy Bus Driver: The one who keeps glancing up and looking at me in his mirror wearing his sky blue shirt and with the crisp center seam on those navy twill shorts that draw attention to his thick, hairy bare legs.

Gay Lumberjack Fashion


Timeless and Enduring: Brown 'shit-kicker' boots. Jeans - or even better yet jean or camo BDU shorts exposing hairy Bear thighs and thick, muscular calves. And of course, the cut-off sleeveless 'Bubba Shirt' is my favorite fashion staple, ideally unbottoned in the front to Bare-The-Bear and show off that hairy chest and belly.

Biker Bear Fashion


Bushy, full and sometimes braided beards make the Bear biker look with grungy Men's tees that make a statement with F-You declarations of freedom to ride, rumble and party. Grungy, fithy un-washed not pre-washed or stone-washed faux worn jeans. Dirty, greasy, naturally filthy biker jeans - but with a leather vest to add a gentlemanly air of class defines Rough Ridin' Mens Biker Gear. A skull-cap and Mirrored sunglasses that keep you guessing which part of you he's hungry for.

Gay Cowboy Fashion


With their crisp pearly-snap western shirts, tight-tight Levi, Lee and Wrangler boot-cut jeans (and pointy-tip boots to match) you'll see a higher-notch of Gay fashion on display with Rope 'Em, Ride 'Em Western Apparel. Tooled leather belts with big, oversized buckles under Big Bubba Bear bellies draw attention to what's below the belt doesn't hurt. Accessorize with a western style bolo tie - no, not to wrap around your balls - for your neck, Hoss…

Gay Gym Fashion


This definitely is the hotbed of current fashion trends too. Oh there's always the Classic burly powerlifter in his mid-top boots and thick sweat socks that I will always love. A firm, prominent belly with an outie belly-button and prominent big meaty nipples are often tightly wrapped in a tight, white tank-top tee. Just timeless. But I'm seeing alot of guys at the gym with the latest fashion trend of bright, bright florescent colored sneakers and hi-tops in glowing saturated hues brighter than the human eye has ever seen before.

Locker Room Bare Wear


After the sweaty, grunting workout, it's time to un-dress for success! I can't help but notice Under Bear fashion as men disrobe - the Bear in a jockstrap is making a comeback - but not in the sturdy, traditional white jockstrap your daddy used to wear. Nasty Pig apparel and their more colorful line of popular clothing with the striped and colorful Bear jocks is being seen with incresing frequency. So suppliment that retro Duke or Safe-T-Guard athletic supporter and pack your package into more modern boner-guard gear to clad that furry rump this fashion season.

Bear Fashion Poolside


Oh, don't even get me started talking about fashionable hairy men in Speedo swimwear. I've already blogged about that here, here, and on BeefPieBear Industries highly LIKE-able SpeedoBears FaceBook FanPage. Slap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses, let the Speedo drawstrings sluttily hang out, and rock your Speedo Bear bulge in confidence.

Urban Bear Wear


I's worth mentioning the continued popularity of Urban Wear fashions for Gay Hipster cubber-dubbers and young'uns. Detailed and intricate swirly, winged patterns on shirts and pants pockets define Urban Wear. Often blinged-out with shiny silver micro-studs or glittery sparkle and eye-catching but focused hints of color seem to resonate with the younger Bear crowd. A style trend with surprising staying power that's yet to look dated.

Daddy Bear Corporate Style


From Wall Street to a handjob in a stall at the businessmen's club after drinks, here's to Bear Dad fashion in a 3-Piece that's serious and professional. Ya gotta love a hairy Bear neck wrapped in a crisply starched dress shirt, and that expensive, striped silk tie has sooooo many pig-play uses. Hear the 'klack!' of his cufflinks on the dresser as he disrobes, the sweaty smell of polished wing tip shoes… as he drops his slacks and bulges in his boxer shorts… High-Ball fashion of the Business Bear at its best when you help the old man take a load off after a hard day's work.

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Image Credit: Tobias Waterman - Cute Little Blokes

Is Lucas Parker Gay - Or Just A Fit Furry And Fabulous Bear?

Lusca Parker CrossFit MuscleBear
Any Gay muscle blogger worth his salt monitors his website stats to see what search terms lead traffic to his blog. You wouldn't believe the weird, kinky and perverted things you guys type into Google, Yahoo and Bing that leads you to BeefPieBears Big Gay Hairy MuscleBear Blog!

Reviewing the web stats of a friend of mine who runs a Queer culture blog of his own - Steven Michael's Gay Celebrity News - reveals a common trend: "Is [Insert Actor, Politican, Musician, Athlete's Name Here…] Gay?" - It's something people search for and apparently want to know. Even if they AREN'T, like Ethel Merman and Kermit The Frog, or Ellen Degeneres and Rummelsnuff - who are.

Poor Lucas Parker! -- Whom I honestly admire for his CrossFit Games athletic prowess ten times more than I do his gorgeous dark red beard or furry, thick neck. More than his muscular, hairy Bear body. More than the way he absolutely rocks swimwear when he's wearing a Lycra Spandex Mens Speedo Bulge Bikini Brief. Ultimately it is his athleticism that I admire MOST. Simple as that.

But that's what happens when you're in the camera's spotlight: The rest of the world begins to wonder who and what you really are behind the fame and notoriety you might achieve doing your thing for the world to see.

So as to the question: Is Lucas Parker Gay? I can tell you this: I have NO idea.


1. He's never asked ME out for a date, so that probably tells you something.

2. If he tried to out-muscle me, wrestle me down and lock lips for a bristly bearded session of sucking face, I would probably succumb, get all giddy, blush and act stoopid. Exceptionally strong men make me weak. Go figure.

3. He might be too young for me anyways. Even though he's a manly, hairy Gorilla of a MuscleBear physically at age 24, he probably isn't quite mature enough emotionally to handle going 1-on-1 with the greying old Daddy Bear that The BeefPie has become. Honestly, I tend to like my Bears tough, old and chewy with a diverse range of life scars under their belt.

4. Even if he was Gay, I wouldn't be the one to Out him. We all find our own ways of expressing our identities and interests - On Our Own Terms.

5. If Lucas has a girlfriend - She might beat me up for even broaching the subject - and I'm scared of girls, especially angry ones!!!

Other than that, Lucas has simply been drawn into the Search Engine algo quagmire of a Gay Blog where I've mentioned his YouTube and Crossfit Games videos - In admiration only, with nothing more implied.

This post is ultimately more about the nature of the internet, Search Engine leverage, Social Media Marketing, and Link-Bait techniques that drive so much of what we see and share on FaceBook, Twitter and beyond. When I'm not torturing myself at the gym, I'm also a 'Bearsploitation Specialist' who uses the internet to lure and reel the innocent in with tasty, hairy, beefy, bearded Gay muscle BEAR-BAIT to keep my face fed when I have the chance. I mean after all, you are here reading this post right now, aren't you? It guess works.

Last thing: Even if Lucas was my boyfriend, I probably couldn't resist Trimming His Bushy Beard -- just a little bit. You know, pinning little Bear Boys down, taking a hair-clipper to their furry-bits and sayin'; "Hold still and quit squirmin', Boy!" is fun. I get off on that sort of thing...