Body Proportions

  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 04, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    So, for the first time, I measured my body. I measured my waist, my arms, and my chest. I've been measured before, but not since I started weight training. I'm just curious as to what people feel are good proportions. What proportions are accurate for the "V" build or the "triangle" build? I come in at a 30 inch waist and a 37 inch chest. My arms measure in at 12 inches.

    I know that measurements may differ from what we want to see and I'm sure it's different for everyone, but what are your measurements, guys (the ones with the build I'm talking about)? icon_question.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    I want to say that most models have their waist at 30-32, and their chest somewhere between 40-50 inches, but I'm not exactly sure if that's right.

    EDIT: I think you're okay as it is. But if you want to add 3 inches to the chest, it's all good.
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    Jan 04, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    Research somatotype.
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    Jan 04, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidResearch somatype.


    Did you mean somatotype? Also, asking a website full of informed individuals (myself not included) is, oddly enough, another way to research a topic.

    To the OP, what you consider good proportions can and probably will vary from what other people consider good proportions. But then again, you should focus on what *you* would like to look like versus what other people would like you to look like.

    I'm not sure if I fit into your idea of good proportions, but I've got a 30 inch waist and a 40 inch chest (due to my lack of training....new year's resolution, here I come!). And my arms....well, they're just pitiful. I was measuring myself, though, and did not have a trainer/"professional" do it, so I'm sure that's off one way or another.

    Whether you like what you see or you don't, there's always a multitude of ways you can change it. And I'm sure there are more than a few people on here who would love to help.



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    Jan 05, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    Just to throw out a number you'd probably need to expand your chest to 13+ inches greater than your waist. BUT working on your shoulders/delts creates an additional visual impact that is far more noticeable to giving a man a classic V shape when he is clothed and not necessarily wearing tight fitting clothes either. I've noticed a lot of guys at the gym barely if ever bother doing any shoulder/delt work instead working away at popeye arms.
    Regardless it's all part and parcel of reshaping your total body and you should work all areas to look balanced out.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jan 05, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    At my best I had 28inch waist and 44 chest. THATS triangular. Mind you I naturally have a stupidly massive chest. 42 without even trying.
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    Jan 05, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    Good proportions? I wouldn't worry about that too much. After you work out for a while, you can look in the mirror and see which muscles you need to focus on.
  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 05, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    aerovaulter said
    chuckystud saidResearch somatype.


    Did you mean somatotype? Also, asking a website full of informed individuals (myself not included) is, oddly enough, another way to research a topic.

    To the OP, what you consider good proportions can and probably will vary from what other people consider good proportions. But then again, you should focus on what *you* would like to look like versus what other people would like you to look like.

    I'm not sure if I fit into your idea of good proportions, but I've got a 30 inch waist and a 40 inch chest (due to my lack of training....new year's resolution, here I come!). And my arms....well, they're just pitiful. I was measuring myself, though, and did not have a trainer/"professional" do it, so I'm sure that's off one way or another.

    Whether you like what you see or you don't, there's always a multitude of ways you can change it. And I'm sure there are more than a few people on here who would love to help.





    Very true. Thanks, man. icon_biggrin.gif