Modding Mustangs Fights Flab

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
modding mustangs fights flab

Well, what do you expect from a website called “ Ford Muscle?” Still, it’s an interesting take on why it’s a good idea to turn your garden variety Ford into a fire-breathing, gas-guzzling, tail-happy monster. “Our hobby is comprised mostly of motivated individuals that choose productivity and participation over fantasy football, the sofa, and ESPN,” polemicist Jon Mikelonis maintains. “In our ‘sport’ we bend, twist, lift, kneel, squat, roll, struggle, and overcome forces, but most importantly our hobby requires us to be off the couch. Sure, a lot of us enjoy watching sports but the fact that we choose to physically rebuild, modify, or restore cars, automatically puts us in a class outside of those who spend their leisure time idly watching, measuring, and comparing somebody else’s successes and failures.” Mikelonis takes it outside. “While there’s no formal validation or research that working on your car qualifies as exercise, many parallels can be made with gardening and yardwork, an activity that has been studied, researched, and touted as legitimate exercise.” Justin will be happy to learn that the article ends with a discussion of the evils of high fructose corn syrup. And did you know that commenting on TTAC may help maintain brain function? Now if it only didn’t raise your blood pressure…

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  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Oct 03, 2008

    Don't forget those wrenching sessions where you complete the job only to realize you made a mistake and have to take it all apart AGAIN! Yeah, I'm all for stuff that gets us off the couch. Got cabin fever today. The weather is beautiful and I want to be OUTSIDE working on my car!

  • Adub Adub on Oct 03, 2008

    Orian, Most elite athletes rely on anaerobic activity to build muscle and eliminate flab. Putting yourself on a Stairmaster on level 1 doesn't do anything. And you strain pretty hard working on cars in the Rust Belt.

  • Red60r Red60r on Oct 03, 2008

    Where did this extra hex nut come from? Oh, well, it still starts.

  • Usta Bee Usta Bee on Oct 03, 2008

    It's not what you do, it's how fast you do it. Try working on your car at the same speed a pit crew would during a race.