What are 'perfect' proportions, muscle-wise?

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    Jul 05, 2011 9:44 AM GMT
    Just wondering what people consider to be a well-proportioned physique, i.e. what measurements, or ratios, are the 'ideal'?

    I have always strived for a well-proportioned physique as you see a lot of guys in the gym who have oversized arms for their frame, or huge shoulders that look grotesquely out of proportion, or just an ill-balanced physique that looks like they will have mobility problems when they are older!

    I'm sure you know the kinds of guys I mean. If they focused more on their overall body they would probably have a really attractive, balanced physique but they focus on one or two areas and end up looking somewhat freakish.

    I measured my legs and chest this morning, totally cold, and thighs were 25" and chest only 38" - I'm starting to feel my legs are growing out of proportion to my upper body. What do YOU think is the ideal, or perfect measurement for each area?
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    Jul 05, 2011 9:52 AM GMT
    According to that, my measurements should be:

    Chest Size: 45.5
    Forearm Size: 13.2
    Waist Size: 31.9
    Thigh Size: 24.1
    Hip Size: 38.7
    Calf Size: 15.5
    Biceps Size: 16.4
    Neck Size: 16.8


    So my thigh is a bit bigger but my chest is a lot under! I measure chest across the nipples - is that right?
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    Jul 05, 2011 12:21 PM GMT
    Mine.
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    Jul 05, 2011 12:37 PM GMT
    Ideal:
    Chest Size: 42.3
    Forearm Size: 12.3
    Waist Size: 29.6
    Thigh Size: 22.4
    Hip Size: 35.9
    Calf Size: 14.4
    Biceps Size: 15.2
    Neck Size: 15.6

    Actual:
    Chest Size: 40
    Forearm Size: 11.5
    Waist Size: 31.5
    Thigh Size: 21.5
    Hip Size: ?? is this my ass? 40 (I got a big ass)
    Calf Size: 15
    Biceps Size: 15
    Neck: 16.5-17 (don't know where to measure)

    well we confirmed what I knew to be true: my forearms are currently at 'bitch' status.
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    Jul 05, 2011 12:41 PM GMT
    My ideal proportions are supposed to be:

    Chest Size: 58.5
    Forearm Size: 17.0
    Waist Size: 41.0
    Thigh Size: 31.0
    Hip Size: 49.7
    Calf Size: 19.9
    Biceps Size: 21.1
    Neck Size: 21.6
  • fitartistsf

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    Jul 05, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    You want perfect physical proportions? Just gaze upon the beauty of any of the ancient Greek statues, and their Roman copies... the Greeks knew about proportions...
  • rnch

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    Jul 05, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    i was quite content when i had a rock hard 49 inch chest and 32 inch, no 4/6/ pack waist.

    i was told i looked most appealing, clothed or not.

    i don't see that ever happening again....too damn much gym time and diet restriction to make THAT happen!. a tough pill to swallow with the food and drink here in new orleans!


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    Jul 05, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidRemember, guys:

    Your waist measured with a tape measure is not the same as the size of the pants that you wear. Pants are made with inaccurately lower numbers so that we delude ourselves into thinking we have tinier waists than we actually have. My 35" waist measured with a tape measure actually can fit loosely in a 32" pair of jeans or shorts.

    The measurement done with a tape measure is the actual measurement.


    I worked in a clothing store and I would measure the waist with a tape measure,... and then I would hand the dude those pants and they fit.

    I would agree that JEANS may be made that way, but quality pants are not made that way.
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    Jul 05, 2011 8:46 PM GMT

    * Your ideal body measurements are
    * Chest Size: 46.1
    * Forearm Size: 13.4
    * Waist Size: 32.2
    * Thigh Size: 24.4
    * Hip Size: 39.2
    * Calf Size: 15.7
    * Biceps Size: 16.6
    * Neck Size: 17.0



    This is terrible! I protest!
    This is the "real" me:


    Chest - 38
    Forearm - 11
    Waist- 31
    Thigh- 21.5
    Hips- 37
    Calf - 16 (LOL... I was born with great calves... there's my ONE area where I meet the standard...Jeezus)
    Biceps- 13 (WTF?? I would need to weigh like 220 lbs to look like this!)
    Neck- 16

    I'm over it! Fuck the Greeks and their measurements! I'll never look like that! lol
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 05, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    My Ideal Proportions are:

    Chest 48.8"
    Forearm 14.1"
    Waist 34.1"
    Thigh 25.8"
    Hip 41.4"
    Calf 16.6"
    Biceps 17.6"
    Neck 18"

    My Actual Proportions are:

    Chest 44.3"
    Forearm 13.6"
    Waist 34"
    Thigh 24.5"
    Hip 39.9"
    Calf 16.1"
    Biceps 16.2"
    Neck 17.1"

    This calculation confirms what I always suspected:I`m generally smaller and slightly slimmer than my ideal form,especially my chest!I think I need to do more training in the upper body!Back to the gym.....
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    Jul 05, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWell, I don't know what to tell you. I can shop at Marshall's or Bloomingdale's or Macy's and I wear a 32" waist sized pants or shorts. But with a tape measure I am literally 35".

    So from my experience I do not see it having to do with quality of pants. Bloomingdale's may not have the highest end and most expensive clothing but then I really don't care to spend more than that at Barney's New York or similar places.


    There is some correlation between quality of clothes and their fit... Cheaper usually have a less 'fitted' look...... generally speaking.

    But once you get to a certain level, its not a huge difference and price becomes irrelevant. What becomes more relevant is the difference in fit BETWEEN brands.

    And once you get into different brands at Bloomies, Barneys, etc.... You see that every designer has their norm thats suited to the look of their clothes.

    True Religion jeans are known to be way off..... i fit into a size 28-29.... but really i'm a 30, 31 or 32 depending on the cut of the pants!
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    Jul 11, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    Wrist 6.2 inches
    Ideal:
    Chest Size: 40.3
    Forearm Size: 11.7
    Waist Size: 28.2
    Thigh Size: 21.4
    Hip Size: 34.3
    Calf Size: 13.7
    Biceps Size: 14.5
    Neck Size: 14.9
    Actual:
    Chest Size: 34 (corrected--didn't know that the tape is supposed to be up to the armpits)
    Forearm Size: 10
    Waist Size: 29
    Thigh Size: 20
    Hip Size: 34
    Calf Size: 14
    Biceps Size: 12
    Neck Size: 14

    So I'm pretty ideal except for the upper body measurements. icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    * Your ideal body measurements are (inches) wrist: 6.5in
    * Chest Size: 42.3
    * Forearm Size: 12.3
    * Waist Size: 29.6
    * Thigh Size: 22.4
    * Hip Size: 35.9
    * Calf Size: 14.4
    * Biceps Size: 15.2
    * Neck Size: 15.6


    Actual measurements:
    * Chest Size: 39.5 (wtf! been trying to gain there... grrrr. )
    * Forearm Size: 11.5 (kinda close)
    * Waist Size: 35.0 (lolwut? I don't think a 29in waist is even remotely possible unless I starve to death...)
    * Thigh Size: 22.0 (just about there)
    * Hip Size: 35.75 (pretty much there)
    * Calf Size: 14.0 (pretty much there)
    * Biceps Size: 13.0 unflexed, 14.625 flexed (cry)
    * Neck Size: 15.5 - Pretty much there
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    Jul 11, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    Some instructions as to how to do the measurements might be good. (I measured my chest at the nipple level rather than at the armpit level)
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    Jul 11, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMine.
    This, I aim to look like paulflexes every day. Otherwise I ain't shit.

    Also I refuse to take body measurements, I feel like I'll obsess over it even more than BF/weight.
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    Jul 11, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    How I do it (based on an article on the matter at bodybuilding.com)

    Wrist - thinnest part of the wrist. This is fairly static in most people (obesity excluded)

    Forearm - thickest part of forearm distal from the elbow

    Bicep - unflexed, arm straightened but not flexing the triceps, around thickest part of arm.

    Chest - under the arms, over the nipples, parallel to the floor. With chest at rest and exhaled, the tape should be snug but not pinching into the skin.

    Waist - parallel to floor, over the navel (bellybutton) snug but not pinching. Exhaled belly, neither "sucked in" or distended/blown out.

    Hips - parallel to floor at the tops of the hip bones, crossing behind the small of the back/above the glutes.

    Thighs and Calves - measured around the thickest parts of each, unflexed.
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    alphatrigger said * Your ideal body measurements are (inches) wrist: 6.5in
    * Chest Size: 42.3
    * Forearm Size: 12.3
    * Waist Size: 29.6
    * Thigh Size: 22.4
    * Hip Size: 35.9
    * Calf Size: 14.4
    * Biceps Size: 15.2
    * Neck Size: 15.6


    Actual measurements:
    * Chest Size: 39.5 (wtf! been trying to gain there... grrrr. )
    * Forearm Size: 11.5 (kinda close)
    * Waist Size: 35.0 (lolwut? I don't think a 29in waist is even remotely possible unless I starve to death...)
    * Thigh Size: 22.0 (just about there)
    * Hip Size: 35.75 (pretty much there)
    * Calf Size: 14.0 (pretty much there)
    * Biceps Size: 13.0 unflexed, 14.625 flexed (cry)
    * Neck Size: 15.5 - Pretty much there


    I have the same ideal as you. My actuals are:

    • Chest - 40
    • Forearm - 12
    • Waist - 30.5
    • Thigh - 22.5
    • Hips - 37
    • Calf - 15.25
    • Bicep - 15
    • Neck - 15.5

    I have added 2" to my chest over the past year and hope to do that again over the next year. I also have a big butt, so my hip number is a bit high. I was surprised by the calf number, though. I always thought they were kinda small...
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    The Golden Ratio.

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    Jul 12, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    im 6'2 but have small frame, wrists are just 6.5" and so i get these stats

    Chest Size: 42.3
    Forearm Size: 12.3
    Waist Size: 29.6
    Thigh Size: 22.4
    Hip Size: 35.9
    Calf Size: 14.4
    Biceps Size: 15.2
    Neck Size: 15.6


    not sure about these numbers for a guy with my build...
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    GAMRican, that's interesting stuff. But I don't think Procrustes was part of the solution to what we would consider "body-building."icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Wrist size- 8 inches

    Chest Size: 52.0 Check
    Forearm Size: 15.1 Check
    Waist Size: 36.4 Eh... getting there
    Thigh Size: 27.6 Not sure
    Hip Size: 44.2 Check (although my butt being six inches bigger than my waist sounds awesome)
    Calf Size: 17.7 check
    Biceps Size: 18.7 getting there
    Neck Size: 19.2 not sure

    So I'm almost there...
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Spiritreaver said
    paulflexes saidMine.
    This, I aim to look like paulflexes every day. Otherwise I ain't shit.

    Also I refuse to take body measurements, I feel like I'll obsess over it even more than BF/weight.
    Nah, you don't wanna look like me. You'd have to lose a lot of muscle mass to do that; and you look really hot with your current muscles. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Chest Size: 43.9
    Forearm Size: 12.7
    Waist Size: 30.7
    Thigh Size: 23.3
    Hip Size: 37.3
    Calf Size: 14.9
    Biceps Size: 15.8
    Neck Size: 16.2

    Everything was on the money except for neck and forearms were a little smaller and biceps were a little bigger. I'm sure the ratios are fine but I want to be bigger than this. :/
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidGAMRican, that's interesting stuff. But I don't think Procrustes was part of the solution to what we would consider "body-building."icon_lol.gif


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