How far is too far in a fitness obsessed landscape? Is it good? bad? or insanity?

“Extracts from the research thesis ‘Bodconomy’. A fictional dialogue with real life research foundations from Doctors, Architects & Economists.”

“Nothing can make you believe
we harbor nostalgia for factory
work but a modern gym.”
Mark Greif
“The marathon was forged in times of war. In the 5th
Century BC a herald named Pheidippides ran the 26
miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek
victory and died on the spot. To this day, this story has
remained somewhat the same. This ancient narrative,
often depicted with large legs on vases, has not changed.
Our need for communicating ‘victory’ is reminiscent
of the past. This innate attitude to push ourselves
past exhaustion to then communicate the result has
not changed. We can therefore view the marathon as a
framework for establishing powers of human limitations,
from the individual’s action toward fitness to the actual
distance of the marathon itself. In 1908, the course was
laid out from Windsor Castle to White City stadium2,
about 26 miles. However, to locate the finish line in front of the royal family’s viewing box, an extra 385 yards was added to the 26-mile course. This set the precedent for the future of marathons. Now, all runners adhere to these guidelines.”

”When did we learn to be aroused
by the ripped, vein-popping muscles that make Incredible
Hulks of men who push papers.6 I pass them each day, at
a specific time as if they were punching their clock in
cards at an old industrial factory job. My routine is being
housed this way, for my action to health needs structure
to fit around my working environment. My desk requires
45 hours a week of attention. I sit hunched with mere
moments of posture correctness. A redrawing of ‘L’Uomo
Vitruviano’, if depicted by me, would resemble an
awkward cube casing, neither stretched nor compressed,
muscle fibers forced into odd angles to suit the needs of
my desk, chair and computer. Am I to be the Vitruvian
man, in a woman’s casing? Would the illustration be not
of harmony of proportion but harmony of efficiency?”