Updated: May 13
When your fitness and health become a discipline in your life, the ultimate goal is to take care of your body and keep yourself optimally functioning for the longest amount of time. Still, on some level when a guy decides to go to the gym, he hopes that his hard work and results will attract the opposite sex. Attractiveness is subjective and varies from person to person. However, certain physical features are often considered attractive to many women. Let’s explore some of the attractive body parts women like and find most attractive in men. These are in no particular order because a well-balanced physique is going to result in the highest level of attraction:
There is something inherently attractive about being able to fill in your shirt sleeves well. A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that women tend to prefer men with a higher degree of upper body muscularity, with arms being a particularly important factor. Think about the first thing you show when someone asks you to flex or show them your muscles. Arms, right? When women see big arms they see someone that is able to protect them or at the very least shows physical prowess.
A well-defined chest is another body part that many women find attractive in men. A study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found that women tend to prefer men with a chest-to-waist ratio of 0.7 or lower, indicating a more muscular and V-shaped torso. Having a well-defined chest typically means that other upper body parts will follow in terms of muscularity. A broad chest means you may have broad shoulders, which makes you appear physically capable and helps pronounce a V-shape physique.
A toned, defined set of abs is another body part that many women find attractive in men. A study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that women tend to rate men with well-defined abs as more attractive. There is a fine line here. Women are not necessarily attracted to a physique that is ready to step on stage for a bodybuilding competition. Though this may be a great challenge to endeavor as a fitness/bodybuilding enthusiast. Women typically prefer a physique that sits at 10-13% body fat, enough to show your abs and chiseled muscle but not see muscle striations and veins.
A study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found that women tend to prefer men with a lower waist-to-hip ratio, indicating a more pronounced butt. A butt that is shaped and muscular but not overly pronounced is the happy medium here. With a butt comes legs and most women prefer someone who does not have chicken legs but is not Tom Platz.
A strong, defined jawline is an attractive body part in men. A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that women tend to rate men with a more pronounced jawline as more attractive. How do you get your jawline more pronounced? By sitting at a healthy body fat percentage, will also draw in your cheeks. This means not skipping cardio and not having the extra calories. Losing fat requires a calorie deficit either accomplished through more exercise or a healthy diet. Again, shooting for 10-13% is most attractive in women’s eyes.
Lastly, and tied into the first one on this list, well-defined muscular forearms are another body part that many women find attractive in men. A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that women tend to prefer men with a higher degree of forearm muscularity. Rolling up your long sleeves to reveal a strong pair of forearms displaying vascularity is a direct sign of health and dedication to fitness. Not only will this excite your phlebotomist but your lady admirer as well.
The majority of women do not prefer a heavily muscled individual as they can find it intimidating and some will even believe shallow. However, displaying some muscle tone and athleticism while remaining lean is undoubtedly attractive to the opposite sex. While physical appearance is just one aspect of attraction, the body parts listed above are often considered attractive to many women. It's important to remember that personal preferences may vary, and there is no one-size-fits-all formula for attractiveness. By focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, engaging in regular exercise, and taking care of your physical appearance, you can increase your chances of being perceived as attractive and desirable by potential partners. It's important to remember that confidence, personality, and other non-physical factors also play a key role in attraction.
Before starting any fitness program or making dietary changes, including supplementation, please consult your physician for a thorough examination.