Samuel Dickson

Samuel Dickson

Buffed

It is quite common these days to see muscular men with big chest, arms and thighs, who look intimidating, mean and unapproachable to some people, but attractive and good-looking to some others. These men commonly known as bouncers work as security personnel in a number of capacities. Bouncers have been part of our society for decades now, though they are becoming more prominent and popular in our cities today due to the demand for their services as security men.

A desire to have a better understanding of the requisite work, effort, tenacity and perseverance involved in acquiring such a visually appealing masculine physique inspired me to do this project. What most people see is the ‘finished product’ and not the behind-the-scene process that leads to that finished product.

‘Buffed’ takes a look at the workout routines of bouncers, the rigors, sacrifices, pains, time and cost of having such a ‘perfect’ body. Having such a sculpted, masculine figure that evokes varying emotions comes at its own cost and price. Ask a lot of people if they would like to have such a body for one reason or another, and they would answer in the affirmative, but only a few are willing to spend quality time to pump iron at the gym. Weight training/gym exercises such as curl, shoulder press, bench press, bent arm pullover, wrist curl, leg curl, triceps stretch, half squat, side bends, etc are all very tasking on the muscles, with varying degrees of difficulty. “It takes years, time, dedication, the right food, endurance and persistence to build the body to that level where you can become a bouncer,” according to a client who patronises a gym.