strength

How Opening a Jar Became the Universal Test for How Strong a Guy Is

There are few moments when a man feels more like a man than when he removes a tight lid from a jar. There’s something fundamentally…

The Extra-Large Insecurities of Men With Extra-Small Wrists

I first noticed I had much smaller wrists than my peers when I was 13. I was playing a pickup game of basketball with a…

For Young Men in the Slums of Nairobi, Getting Buff Is One of the Few Paths Out of Poverty

In most Western countries, young men start lifting weights in pursuit of some combination of better health, athletic improvement and the ever-elusive perfect aesthetic. In…

Inside Synthol Nation, Where Fake Swole Is the Goal

Hang out on the internet long enough and you’re bound to come across eye-catching stories about synthol: men inflating their testicles, teens inflating their arms…