What the Hell Is a Health Goth?

While a variety of perplexing new lifestyle and fashion trends have gained mainstream popularity in the last year, gym-goers have continued to honor the traditional ratty t-shirt and yoga pants getup. Until now, that is.

Enter, the Health Goth.

A group of morbidly intriguing exercise and clean-eating enthusiasts, Health Goths rely on “an anti-nostalgic dystopian present,” according to Radoz, the author of an informative article on AMDISKS.

Radoz explains that the goal of the Health Goth movement is to “[reimagine] the present future by mocking self-awareness as a Humanist project of little efficacy.”

Not surprisingly, the idea of the Health Goth itself is fairly ambiguous, so arriving at a suitable definition for this movement becomes particularly challenging. But, moving away from hyper-intellectualized jargon, what is a Health Goth?

Essentially, the movement could be summarized as a subversive message that arose from the meeting of traditional Goth stereotypes and the health choices made by modern Goths. Health Goths honor a certain morbid mentality, yet they also choose to honor their fitness and nutrition.

Meanwhile, celebrities feigning a relationship to this niche by wearing all-black athletic apparel only serve to further confuse outsiders on what Health Goth actually means.

Health Goths wear all-black clothing and accessories to the gym, but not because it’s slimming and makes them feel like powerful super villains (which, if we’re being honest, is why the majority of gym-goers wear form fitting all-black ensembles).

No, Health Goths wear black to the gym because they believe in the fundamental futility of mortal life, but still want to take care of their bodies before they feel the cold embrace of death.

It sounds laughable, but it’s meant sincerely. Imagine Wednesday Addams lifting weights; she wants to keep her internal systems running properly, eat well, and gain muscle tone while she still can. Just because she’s attuned to the reality of her eventual death (a cornerstone attitude of Goth culture), doesn’t mean she can’t make the most of her body during life.

It seems unlikely that people who fetishize all things macabre would actually spend time engaging in life-extending activities, but that’s just another characteristic of the Health Goth community that non-Health Goth fails to understand.

Ultimately, we are all just trying not to look like idiots on the Stairmaster, and to many, the way we accomplish this goal is less important than how we’re dressed while the attempt is made.

Feature photo courtesy of Flickr user Bryan Ledgard.

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