There’s this one question that always stands out whenever we talk about fitness. People do wonder What is the perfect fitness body shape for men. In fact, due to controversial opinions, we cannot get the correct answer to this question but we are going to enlighten a few points about this topic. Fitness and professional bodybuilding used to be mostly about muscle size. However, we’ve seen a slight change with the apparition of fitness aesthetics.
Aesthetic bodybuilding, of course, is concerned primarily about how good your body looks with muscles. … Aesthetic bodybuilders mostly focus on improving their muscle mass and body fat percentage. How are we deciding what is the perfect fitness body shape for men? Let’s answer this question.
Who is determining society’s beauty standards?
We cannot judge without taking into consideration a couple of factors such as culture, geolocalization… Beauty standards are constantly evolving over time. Not only the face traits but also the physical shape. In the early 1900s America, men with very long arms and legs were considered nicely built. Today, we tend to go more for equal physical proportions.
Similar observations apply when we look at a different region. In Africa for example, chubby men were wealthy and thus stood out with remarkable body shape. Today, people realize why fitness activity is vital and have a different opinion on nice body shape.
Women and men also have a different opinion on the subject. Indeed, men want to be stronger as possible, meaning more muscular. Women have a different vision as something to much muscle could be scary.
It seems that we cannot get the right answer to this question but let’s consider a few aspects.
What natural criteria are we looking at, to define the perfect body shape?
First, we are considering body part proportions and symmetry. It refers to your body parts size taking into account your height and age. There’s a great tool called The Human Proportion calculator allowing us to determine what should be a perfect body ratio. It uses statistics and biology to calculate a couple of variables and tell us what value we should get.
As we can see, these are the first steps to choose the perfect body shape. You need a specific length of arms, the width of shoulders…. All, of course, depending on your height. Stats have proven that men having these criteria tend to be more attractive in general.
The second point is now to look at a specific height since we know that being proportional isn’t enough to answer our question. An adult measuring lets say 4ft (a dwarf) in our society wouldn’t fit the perfect body criteria, even with a perfectly proportional body. After studies conducted among thousands of men and women by Way too social, they came up with a range of men height consider as golden.
From these studies, it seems that women are most attracted to these men because of their height range. Other men also admitted wishing to be in the same range as well.
Therefore, we know that body proportions and height are mandatory to have a perfect body shape. However, muscle mass is also a key factor to answer our question.
What is the right muscle mass for the perfect body?
Muscle mass is usually acquired with some type of fitness training. According to the majority, being on the verge on both sides in terms of muscularity is harmful to have a nice body. People admire bodybuilders for their hard work, strength, determination, and body art. At the same time, they’re admitted preferring a more “natural” body, as bodybuilders are sometimes scary. A great survey among millennials girls revealed that people choose an intermediate level of muscle mass to be the most attractive. In other words, you might want to have a body fat percentage between 15% and 10%. Anything out of this range is either “too much” or “not enough”.
Body type C and D were the most chosen with this social experiment. C is a 10% body fat and 15%.
How to get and maintain a good body fat percentage.?
Well, it depends on where you’re coming from. If you’re sitting currently at let’s say 25% body fat, it’s obvious you won’t have to put in the same effort as someone whos at 20%. In both cases, you will need to build some muscle and lose fat. A great way to do that is to opt for strength training. While building muscle, you will naturally burn your fat and become leaner. If you’re overweight, it will require a little more work but believe me, you can do it. I’ll highly suggest you, use an Extreme weight loss program. It really worked for thousands of people and it will save you a lot of time. There’s also a lot of free tips on how you can efficiently burn fat, use all your resources.
When you finally get to your goal, you need to maintain it. Maintaining is sometimes tricky as when you keep on training, you will become better. It means that you can end up falling under the 10% body fat percentage and become too ripped. If you’re looking to be more attractive, it can be harmful to your success. You must learn to understand your body. The bad news is there’s no secret on that, it’s different for each of us. However, I can give you the following tips:
- Don’t increase your weight training intensity. Truth is, growth always follows up more effort. When your body gets used to your training routine, you will only observe slight changes. That’s why we recommend beginners to change the training routine at least every 3 months so the body doesn’t get used to it. On the other side, if you’re looking to maintain your body, just keep the same training. You won’t experience losses or growth either.
- Have a max of 3 training sessions per week. When with the same routine, you will grow if you train too much. Studies show that 3 training sessions weekly will easily allow you to maintain your shape.
- Stay focus on your diet. You don’t want to get fat either and dieting is very important. You must stay in control at all times.
- Use a scale every 2 weeks. This one is my favorite. You get really data on your evolution over time. It’s natural to gain (-/+) 2 pounds but anything more should catch your attention.
Fitness training gives you a chance to work on your body and become more attractive. You will need dedication and motivation to get to your goals. Remember there’s a price for everything meaningful in your life. We all that said, I wish you the best of luck.