Muscle Worship Has Been a Way Of Life For Centuries

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Muscle worship has been around since the time of the ancients


If you’ve been out for any amount of time, you’ve no doubt heard of gay muscle worship. It’s a term that conjures up all sorts of mental imagery – from caressing biceps and kissing pecs.

But what’s it all really about? Is there more to adorning someone’s massive physique than mere touching? Moreover, do you have to be submissive to partake?

The answer to these questions and many more will soon be revealed. That’s because we’ve put together the very first muscle worship ultimate guide!

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • The definition of muscle worship
  • A quick history of muscle worship’s origins
  • All about muscle worship siphoning
  • Activities that qualify for muscle worship
  • The different roles involved with muscle worship
  • Group worship of muscle and gay men
  • Gay for pay muscle worship
  • Where to find men to muscle worship
  • Tips and suggestions for making the experience fun
  • Muscle worship poll
  • Common myths about muscle worship
  • Resources for worshiping muscle in the future.
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Kissing is a big part of body worship


Gay muscle worship is no different than any other form of muscle worship. The clinical name of this activity is sthenolagnia: a ten-dollar term for getting aroused by a person’s muscles.

Specific to men who are attracted to other men, we define muscle worship as a male who gets turned on by well-built jocks, wolves, daddies, otters and bears!

Related: Learn all about gay otters!

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Worshiping muscle is an ancient practice


The exact origins of muscle worship remain elusive. A review of the historical literature  suggests it may have its origins during the time of ancient Greece; sometime around the early 300’s, BCE. Historians refer to this period of time as the Hellenistic age.

Related: Being gay was OK in ancient Greece

Bear in mind this was a time when homosexuality was very much part of the ethos. In fact, one of the greatest ways to pay homage to a male Greek God was to emulate his appearance.

When you look at the statues, paintings and carvings of “Andres” deities from the era, you’ll notice most all of them are muscular and defined.

Perhaps the best-known representation of muscular Greek men is seen in the mythical hero Hercules; son of Zeus and with a mortal mom named Alcmene.

Hercules was rumored to be extremely muscular and defined with an enormous appendage.

And you know what else?

Legend has it Hercules was also into men. Well, perhaps bi. See this book on Greek legends to learn more.

Not to get off track but it was believed that one of the best ways to obtain male virility during this era was to obtain the ambrosia of the man, directly from the source (read between the lines).

Which leads us to our next point.

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Drinking their ambrosia meant stamina


Many people assume that muscle worship is all about adoration of brawn. Sure, some of that is true but in terms of history, that’s not what this activity was all about.

Instead, muscle worship – man on man – was a powerful form of foreplay. Here, a guy (or group of guys) would spend hours stimulating a given muscled up male and literally edging him to the point of eruption.

Some sessions are said to have gone on for hours. When the guy being worshiped could no longer contain himself, he would release a powerful stream of fluid.

And that white gold [as they termed it] didn’t go waste! Instead, it was eagerly swallowed by the worshiper to obtain his stamina, strength and power!

Now let’s look at muscle worship activities, which haven’t changed all that much since the time of the ancient Greeks.

Muscle Gods and Muscle Worship


When it comes to muscle worshiping, there’s no hard and fast rules. Generally speaking, there are a number of activities that fall within the brawn adoration spectrum.

These include:

  • Touching
  • Stroking
  • Licking
  • Caressing
  • Kissing
  • Petting


There can be roles involved with this activity but not always. Sticking to the traditional definition of muscle worship, here are some related points:

  • Usually, the person being worshiped is involved with body building or athletic training (i.e. gym).
  • The worshiper is often smaller in size. Less common are two guys who have the same build (but it does happen).
  • The guy being worshiped is usually considered to be the “dominant” person or the “Muscle God”.
  • Verbal commands by the body builder and submissive behaviors by the worshiper are often part of the experience.


It is probably obvious what the “worshiper” muscle gets out of the experience. But what about the man being kissed, licked and touched? How is he turned on?

The answer is simple. Guys who enjoy having other men worship their muscles find the experience highly satisfying. This is why some therapists prescribe “body worship” as a form of intimacy counseling with troubled couples.

Simply put, being worshiped is a huge compliment and an affirmation of their hard work at the gym.

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It is not uncommon for groups to take place as part of muscle worship. This point is particularly true during “group scenes” that some people put together on popular hookup apps.

Here are some related points:

  • It is believed group male muscle worship has its origins during the early 300’s, during the previously mentioned Hellenistic age.
  • Group worship takes place in the current era when one considers male, muscled up male dancers who put on “shows” at various gay nightclubs.
  • The man being worshiped does not need to be “gay” in order to partake in the group (see next point).
  • Some forms of group muscle worship take place online. For example, Facebook groups like “The Real Muscle Gods”.


To make extra money, some self-identifying straight body builders do allow themselves to be worshiped by gay men. In its purest form, this constitutes a form of gay for pay.

In these scenarios, the heterosexual man allows himself to be touched in exchange for a set dollar amount. The cost of such worship is generally pre-determined.

Most straight guys who allow other men to adorn them set boundaries. Some examples include:

  • No touching private parts
  • It’s OK to caress but no kissing
  • No self-pleasuring allowed

It’s important to state here that the examples provided above are just that – examples. Some heterosexual men may be perfectly OK with these activities.

It just depends on the guy and the level of trust he has with the worshiper(s).

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If your goal is to find a muscled-up guy to worship, you won’t have much difficulty. That’s because there’s plenty of men who enjoy this activity and find the experience fulfilling.

Common places to find guys who like being worshiped include:

  • Hook up apps
  • Craig’s List
  • Kink and Fetish focused websites
  • BDSM portals

As a side note, some men get into other guys checking out their bodies and even pleasuring themselves while doing so. But it’s always a good idea to ask if it’s OK to touch – even when someone is putting on a show.


Just for fun, we’ve published a poll below that asks you to share your experiences with muscle worship. It’s not scientific but it can be used as a gauge of what your fellow fun seekers are into.


There are several myths regarding muscle worship. It would be impossible to list them all but we’ve tried to include the biggies.

  • All gay men are into muscle worship
  • You have to be a body builder to be worshiped
  • Body worship and muscle worship are different
  • Two body builders can’t be involved with muscle worship
  • Muscle worship among men is mostly for younger guys
  • One must have an Adonis build to be worshiped
  • Straight men don’t get involved with muscle worship


Worshiping muscle among men as an erotic activity has been going on for hundreds of years. Its historical roots seem to trace back to ancient Greece.

Muscle worship also took place among Nordic Vikings during a time when being gay was a way of life.

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Based in Los Angeles, MJ is a journalist and blogger who covers the LGBTQ community. Identifying as gender-queer, MJ focuses on topics that touch on a variety of life issues impacting men, women and non-binary individuals. Look for posts on science, dating, relationships, and culture.