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, which I used):
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 standards.
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 you have.
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 success,Tom Venuto
Measurements to Percent FatWant to find out what percent of your body is fat?
Body Fat Formula For Men
Step 1: Multiply total body weight x 1.082, then add 94.42 = Result 1
Step 2: Multiply waist measurement x 4.15. Then subtract Step 1 from Step 2 = Lean Body Weight
Step 3: Subtract lean body weight from total body weight = Lean Body Mass
Step 4: Multiply Lean Body Mass x 100, then divide it by total body weight = Body Fat Percentage.
Fat Percentage Categories:
Fat Men 2-4% Women 10-12%
Athletes Men 6-13% Women 14-20%
Fitness Men 14-17% Women 21-24%
Acceptable Men 18-25% Women 25-31%
Obese Men 25%+ Women 32% +
Ideal Body Measurements by FunctionI 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.