The Power of Swole

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The Power of Swole


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For some, high school is home to many generic stereotypes. There are the “band geeks” whom converse amongst themselves in their marked band hall territory. There are the “scene kids” whom can be identified struting a bright pink or blue hair extension and black skinny jeans. And then there are the jocks, or better known at Memorial, “Swole Daddies”.

Originating from the founding father of swole presuming to be Larry the Lobster from SpongeBob, this term is defined by Urban Dictionary as “The state of being very muscular and/or buff”. It grew to popularity through it’s heavy usage in the weight room, widely considered to be the birth place of swole, and as well as through casual slang made between those who identify themselves as “Swole Daddies”.

“Swole means having bigger arms than everyone and being able to lift a lot of weights.It means wearing shirts that fit a little tighter than usual around your arms and looking good” said Curtis Benes Jr. (12), who plays left tackle for the football team. The popular term doesn’t only make its presence in weight room slang, but has also initiated some of the most common adjectives of our time.

It’s now normal to hear the word being used in phrases such as: “Wow man, that shirt makes you look swole!” or “Drake’s new album is the epitome of swole.”, and even “Wow, she’s such a swole mama!”

It’s a matter of opinion as to whether having huge muscles practically bulging out of a tight Memorial 1000 pound club shirt, driving a pick up truck, and knowing all the lyrics to Drake’s song “Versace” (what can be argued for the swole daddy theme song) can grant one with the power of Swole. But in order to maintain this exclusive identification, one must engage in a series of hard work and dedication, which includes a modified diet as well as a scheduled work out routine.

“At 7:15  I go work out in the weight room. After school I have Football practice where I get my cardio in. And of course, on Saturdays we (football) come in the morning and work out.” Benes said. “That’s during the season. But as far as after the season, on the weekends I’ll go to Freedom Fitness and work out there.”

The power of “Swole” is taking over as more and more teenage boys aspire to build a better physique. There are others who question as to whether keeping up with this scrupulous lifestyle is simply a personal choice or an overhype of pressure built by piers.

Lucas Rios has a different approach to working out. “Being in shape is more of a ‘want’ for me.” Rios said. “I really never looked a myself as being ‘swole’, if people say I am, then I guess it has changed my life by keeping my strength up and being able to compete on the varsity level”.

The “swole” life has different levels of seriousness for students. Though, there still remains one underlining question – with the prevalence of more and more rising trends, does this signify a new beginning for our generation and later posterity?

We’ve seen the hype built around social media websites such as Twitter (more specifically, #Hashtags), Miley Cyrus’s controversial VMA performance, new iPhone releases, and popular boy bands. It can be noted that our generation’s dependence on keeping up with whats new has ultimately captivated most of our energy and time.

Essentially, “millennials” are transforming society as it is- into one that might not be what we had originally anticipated. Soon, it might just be that every adolescent girl will have their eyes fixated on their iPhone, trying to catch up with the latest twitter feud or that more and more teenage boys will have an innate desire to want to become heavily built and fit.

As trends pass and fade over time, we can consider the current “swole” hype to migrate back to its’ home in the weight room. One thing remains inevitable though, “swole”- is slowly, but surely taking an impact on our current generation, today.

**This article is purely an opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Round-Up Online, anyone else affiliated with the website, or McAllen Memorial High School.

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