Ideal Body Measurements for Men
read somewhere that only women are insecure about their bodies and that
men do not try to achieve the ideal body measurementsfor men, but I
remember when I was growing up in Jr High and High
School having problems knowing who I was. My Dad was about 6
foot and 200 pounds. He played football as a linemen in a
small high school. I thought I too would play line.
I did not think about what a difference a high school that
was at least 10 times as big would make. I did not figure it
our until I was doing lineman drills in high school with guys that were
twice my size. Now at 58 I love my 5"10' 165 pound
body. It is average and not great at anything, but it alows
such flexibility in what I do. I average lifting weights
about 10 minutes a week which alows me to lift heavy boxes and other
objects. But I particularly love to run. My favorite thing to do is
grab my binoculars and head to the park to look
for birds... So when setting your goal to achieve the perfect
body, think about function and what you want to be able to do as well
as shape and % fat.
Ideal ShapeThe simple answer according to
one source is that a mans chest circumference should be 10 inches
larger than his waist circumference.Here is the best answer
I have gotten from a body builder who also has an excellent weight loss
program online( Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle,
Steve Reeves for example, was
known as one of the most symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing
bodybuilders of all time, even though he was not huge” by today’s
Reeves wrote about ideal
measurements frequently and was always striving for his idea of
perfection in this regard (and came close to achieving his own personal
ideal). One of his criteria for ideal proportions included having his
arms, calves and neck measure the same.
In his “classic physique”
book, Reeves said his formula for “ideal proportions” was as follows:
In the book Brawn, Stuart
McRobert published the old “John McCallum formula for “challenging yet
realistic” measurements for “hard gainers". His formula is based on
wrist measurement and was also published in the book Super Squats:
Incidentally, McRobert’s book
Brawn has an entire chapter called “expectations” which discusses
the truth about measurement claims.
I find all these
measurement ideals very interesting, but personally I take them with a
grain of salt.
Be careful with some of the
formulas for “ideal measurements”, because if they were based on
steroid using and or pro bodybuilders, you may get discouraged by
trying to pursue an impossible goal for a natural bodybuilder or the
measurements of someone with a totally different bone structure than
Measurements - especially
arm measurements - are also frequently exaggerated. Twenty inch arms,
for example, are rare and when you actually see them in person, you
realize just how massive they really are. But somehow beginners and
natural athletes get the idea in their head that bodybuilding success
means 250 pounds and a 20 inch arm.
The truth is, a 17 to 18
inch arm on a ripped 175-180 pound physique with excellent balance,
symmetry and proportion can look much larger than it really is – it’s
an optical illusion of sorts.
Some of these guidelines
for “ideal proportions” are the “Grecian” or “classical” ideals while
others are ideals for bodybuilders. In either case, keep in mind they
are subjective – they’re just someone else’s opinion of what is an
ideal measurement. The only opinion that matters in the end is your own.
Train hard and expect
Measurements to Percent Fat
to find out what percent of your body is fat?
Body Fat Formula For MenStep
1: Multiply total body weight x 1.082, then add 94.42 = Result 1Step
2: Multiply waist measurement x 4.15. Then subtract Step 1 from Step 2 = Lean Body WeightStep 3: Subtract lean body weight from total body weight = Lean Body MassStep 4:
Multiply Lean Body Mass x 100, then divide it by total body weight =
Body Fat Percentage.
Ideal Body Measurements by Function
I started of this web page talking about how I enjoy running. What do you like to do? What do you want to be able to do? What were you born to do? Many years ago I read a great book which I can no longer find on Sports Selection. It talked about how certain body shapes were better able to perform different functions. People with low center of gravities tend to do better at things like surfing. Sprinters tend to be somewhat stocky. Long distancerunners have to be thin. Basketball players tall, and gymnast short.
Why are the best: gymnast,wrestlers,and posibly knights short? Strength is a function of cross area (distance squared) and weight a function of volume (distance cubed). It is pure physics. That is why ants are so much stronger for their size than elephants. I use pictures of those that play sports as examples of ideal body types for funtion, but for our ancestors it was a matter of survival and depending on the environment and task at hand we needed (and still need) all of the different body types.