The physique of actor Christian Bale became very popular two decades ago after the premiere of the iconic film American Psycho (2000). Because of his biceps, because of his abs and because of his low body fat percentage. And now his training in that film has gone viral on TikTok.
Bale played a narcissistic psychopath, obsessed with money and sex, who killed women he seduced with his charms. Adaptation of the homonymous novel by Bret Easton Ellis, it was a box office success and launched the actor to fame. The film begins with Bateman’s morning exercise routine, named after the handsome protagonist, with abdominal, core and mobility work.
Patrick Bateman’s body as the best example of masculinity: strong shoulders, defined abs and a V-shaped back, coupled with very little body fat. And in recent days that video of him training has gone viral on TikTok, with some young fitness fans imitating it as well.
But… why has this body become so idealized on TikTok? Some experts point out that it is a physique that helps other men to get one just like it to feel more confident and gain self-esteem.