Look around these days and you see a lot. A lot of large guts, hanging over belt buckles, begging to be worked out...but on tv you see men (I use the term loosely for some) with big arms and pecs, 6 packs, and twig legs. Is this any manlier?
The real question is, what is the manliest build to have?
Keep your abs in shape, your core is the key to everything, keep your shoulders and arms(especially forearms and grip) strong, maintain endurance and you will have a physique to be proud of. More importantly you will have real vitality, and health that should last deep into life. Obtaining a body type for its own sake is vanity.
I would say you're dealt with genetics that will give you stocky, thin, tall, short or whatever traits. What we do with our bodies will also help improve appearance. Some build muscle easily, others have no problem being thin, and for most of us it is a daily struggle to keep fit and look good. I think most women like it when men are fit, toned, but not huge or too skinny either. But there are always exceptions to everything. Some ladies like big or thin men. I would say if you're satisfied with your appearance and your better half is too, then that is good.
But I personally strive to be fit, toned, and no belly. I think if a guy over 40 can not have a belly, that's a step in the right direction.
I'd rather look like Jason Statham (I've got the hairstyle nailed) than say Arnold at his peak. I remember reading somewhere (I forget now) that they surveyed several thousand women and they said they prefer the toned, athletic look rather than the "Muscle Beach" physique. I'm struggling (as I have all my life) with my weight. I'm making progress and I really would like to get to the point where I can say to myself that I look as good (or better) than Jason Statham. I also agree with Ken that overdoing the muscles is vanity. If you look at some of the great actors were not muscle men but were more athletic in build.
Statham's look is exactly what I'm going for as well. Aside from him being somewhere between 175 and 185 lbs and my height, 5'11", about 20ish more lbs than me, I have the definition though.
I'm at about 158 right now and not really unhappy with it. A few more months of push ups and pull ups and I should be close.
I think toned is just about right. I've seen guys so built that they have no necks. Not a good look. The beer belly is just the other extreme. Sensible exercise and sensible eating. You should be able to get enough "working out" by working around the house.
As a personal trainer, my physique is sort of my calling card. There's not really that many Arnold-type trainers where I work, but we have plenty of guys that are close to the Statham look. A lot of the clients I talk to are more comfortable and more respectful of that physique than anything else we could offer.
On a side note, I once had a body builder friend at the gym stop me to tell me that I "scared the living s*** out of him" because of my training. When I pointed out that he had a solid 4 inches and almost 50lbs on me, he replied that it wouldn't do him any good against a guy with my speed and agility. That made me really happy.
So, its different strokes, but manly men recognize when one guy can push a bar and another guy can do a human flag.
I'd rather do a flag than push a bar.
I've always thought a lean, solid build is more manly.
twig legs are a big no-no, huge upper body w/ twig legs are just a leg injury and problem waiting to happen when you participate in sports. Plus, it affects your cardio since the body builder build requires more oxygen to the muscle, making you tire out faster
2) It wouldn't see like you're flaunting it.
I think I'll probably get some heat for this without an explanation, so I'll clarify it a bit.
I know that not all people who have body builder looks are intentionally trying to flaunt their biceps and pecs at everyone, but it's a matter of perception. When you have a body builder look, people's eyes are naturally drawn towards you, because it's not really something they see everyday. Then, of course, there's the guys at the gym who go there to look at themselves flex in the mirror that perpetuate the image. Kind of douchey, not at all manly.
I think the ideal manly physique is that of old school oriental martial art masters. They were strong and quite ripped, but they still had endurance and agility (those stretches do a man good!) They did not look like some "beastly, bulging man"; they had functional strength. I am tall and lean in physique, with long arms (exactly 36" from shoulder to finger tip). I'm not too worried about getting much fat. I have good muscle tone, and what man wouldn't be proud of his muscles to a certain point? Just have to be aware of vanity.
I'm fixin to build a little muscle, but I don't wanna be all big and burly. I'm about 146 or so right now, I wanna be at 160. With my build I think 160 would be ideal. Not too big and beefy but lean, not all cut like some statue or model but strong. Like Dr. Jones.
check out the difference between superman in the 1930's and superman now. its not about getting ripped its about being healthy, also if you check out the strong man competitions on tv, or even olympic weightlifters they arent body builders where every muscle is defined they're big, barrel chested men.
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