What Determines One Body is More “Ideal” than the Other?
Artist for centuries around the world have known this secret and it plays out in nature more often than not.
Leonardo da Vinci’s – The Vitruvian Man or Michelangelo’s –statue of David are prime examples of Famous Artist using this “secret.”
Some call it the Golden Ratio or The Harris Spiral.
These factors have been a spatial icon of arts, design and architectural beauty and proportion since first references to it in the works of Pythagoras, Plato & Euclid.
It was known long ago that the proportions of the body were much more important than the size or height.
The proportions are what make the difference!
For women its the healthy hips to waist ratio that is the most important of proportions.
The shape gives women the famous “hour glass” shape men love, symbolizing fertility, good mothering and confidence.
For men its the shoulder width to waist ratio that is the most important of proportions.
The shape gives men the well known “V-Taperd figure women love, symbolizing virility and strength.
Building a Sexy Body
It really is and interesting idea.
We all know what makes a body beautiful, but we don’t always think about WHY those characteristics are associated with aesthetics.
We view what is attractive partially through the eyes of people looking for mates—we view these bodies as “Ideal“—because of researched proven NUMBERS.
The Prove is the Numbers
In several studies on physical attractiveness, women reported that the most attractive male physique was one with a slim waist, broad shoulders and muscular chest.
Whats most interesting is the size of the shoulders, chest or waist did not matter as long as certain ratios were in place.
The ratios that received the greatest score for physical attraction
Waist– 43-47% of overall height
Shoulders– waist x 1.6
Arms– same size as neck circumference
Chest– 10-10″ larger than waist
For example a 6’1 man would ideally have a 32 inch waist, 51 inch shoulders, 42.5 inch chest, and 15.5 inch arms.
For metric system: 185cm height, 81cm waist, 129cm shoulders, 107cm chest, 39.4cm arms.
In Theory-The closer a man comes to these proportions, the more attractive he becomes.
The Golden Ratio
This can also be looked at from the famous phi equation or known also as “the divine proportion” of 1:618
The Golden ratio is a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. It is often symbolized using phi, after the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet. In an equation form, it looks like this:
a/b = (a+b)/a = 1.6180339887498948420 …
The is what artists and sculptors have known about for a long time and have used it to create sculptures and artwork of the ideal human figure.
Even plastic surgeons and dental surgeons use it to restructure the human face.
This appears naturally all over your body. For example, If the length of the hand has the value of 1, for instance, then the combined length of hand + forearm has the approximate value of 1.618.
Similarly the proportion of upper arm to hand + forearm is in the same ratio of 1:618.
Looking elsewhere on the body, the face is another great example. In fact, the human face abounds with examples of the Golden Ratio. The head forms a golden rectangle with the eyes at its midpoint.The mouth and nose are each placed at Golden sections of the distance between the eyes and the bottom of the chin.
The numbers are just everywhere in places we can’t control.
Proportions that we CAN control through diet and exercise
If you look at your waist as having a measurement of 1, then the aim should be to develop shoulders with a measurement of 1.618.
I personally have a waist measurement of 29 inches. My shoulders measure about 46 inches around, which means my Index is about right (29 divided by 46 is 1.586).
With my programs I will be able to use key lifts to add around 1.5″ in circumference to my shoulders, putting me at 1.612 with a 29″ waist and 46.7″ shoulders around.
When I first started my waist was 34 inches. My shoulders were about 44, that’s a 1.294 – you could say I had some work to do!
If one is to accomplish this ratio two things need to be in order
- Body fat levels need to be low in order for the waist to appear narrow.
- Great muscle development so the shoulders look round and the back is wide.
Examples of men with great proportions
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momaoa, and Zach Efron all have amazing bodies, representing divine proportions.
A Woman’s “Ideal Proportions”
For women, the golden ratio goes slightly beyond the shoulders and waist. When it comes to build the perfect female body, there are 3 specific measurements you have to take into account.
The 3 step process to measuring the female body
Step 1) Determine your ideal waist circumference
Ideal waist circumference = height x 0.382
Note: Taken at most narrow point below ribs.
Step 2) Determine your ideal shoulder circumference
Ideal shoulder circumference = ideal waist circumference x 1.618
Note: Taken at widest point in shoulders.
Step 3) Determine your ideal hip circumference
Ideal hip circumference = ideal waist circumference x 1.42
Note: Taken at widest point where butt sticks out.
Examples of women with great proportions
Scarlet Johansson, Eva Mendez, and Jenifer Lawrence all have sexy slim-fit physiques, with just enough tone and definition to still appear feminine.
If a woman is to accomplish these ratios 2 requirements are needed.
- Body fat levels need to be lowered
- A proper resistance training program needs to be set in place for Toning and definition, Accentuating the natural curves of a woman.
The society you live in can shape what you view as important for having a good body, and is generally specific to that type of society and goes beyond just symmetry.
We all have your own personal ideas about what it means to have a “perfect body.”
These are usually above and beyond both evolutionary and societal ideals and pretty specific in nature.
For some guys, it might means having big biceps.
For a woman it might mean having low body fat and getting into jeans of a certain size with great glutes.
Regardless of what you view as “The Ideal Physique”, you still need a proper plan to accomplish your body goals.
Stop hoping for the perfect body and have a plan
A workout routine designed to build The Ideal male body
To achieve this ratio, you can’t just mindlessly workout like every other guy in the gym.
You can’t spend your time mindlessly doing endless sets of bench pressing.
You need to strategically plan your exercises, sets, reps, and rest time.
So if you’re looking for a foolproof plan to broaden your shoulders, shrink your waist and build the perfect male body, then you should consider checking out my programs.
A workout routine deigned to build The Ideal female body
So if you want to build a sexy body, the bottom line is this – you need to lift weights in a smart fashion.
You need to know how to train for toning to avoid the “bulky look.”
You need a nutritional strategy that can lower you body fat in an enjoyable way.
I recommend checking out my women’s course for a well-structured workout program to help you get slim and fit for life.
What do you think is “The Ideal Male or Female Physique”? Leave a comment below
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