When you ask most men why they started weightlifting, you will almost unanimously get the answer that they wanted to improve their body in an effort to be more attractive to women. Soon enough, that motivation phases out, and you begin to lift even more in an effort to impress the other guys at the gym. Having that constant around you, other men lifting heavier weight than you, looking more jacked than you, lights a fire to “one-up” that guy by making gains yourself.
Anyway, going back to the original motivation, that begs the question: do women actually like muscles? Do they want a big beefcake who fills out his sleeves? Or somebody that just looks athletic and fit? How attractive is muscle mass in the eyes of a woman? We’ll see what the women say in our write-up below.
Do Women Like Muscles?
The short answer to this question is that there really is no answer. Attraction and sexuality are so varied from person to person. Some women may like a buff guy, some may like a fit and athletic guy, some prefer skinny, and we can’t forget the so-called “dad bod” that has gotten attention as of late. At different times in their life, women may be attracted to one body type or another, and then that changes as they enter a different stage in their life.
Getting Too Big
Generally, however, there is a degree of attraction gained when you put on some nice muscle to build out an athletic frame. It brings about a dominant and confident quality to a man, at least perceptively. On the other hand, I think there is a point of diminishing returns when gaining muscle. Once you get to a certain point of beefiness, the attraction level can go down. Part of it is the unsightliness of being too large, but there’s the perception aspect that goes with it as well. When you see a huge, buff guy, there is a perception that they’re just a dumb meathead. This only goes skin deep and can be a wrong perception, but the stigma exists.
Increase in Confidence
As mentioned above, having a fit physique and muscular strength can be a confidence builder for men. As noted often, most women list confidence as a sexy attribute. The improved physique can cause the man to carry themselves well. Beyond just looking more attractive, physically, their improved way in which they carry themselves will be noticed.
Do Women Even Notice?
Honestly, while it is nice to look at, women don’t analyze a man’s body as much as a man measures himself up to other men. Maybe when they are younger, say late teens and early twenties, a woman is eyeing up all the men in the area when looking for a mate, but it’s more out of lust. As women age, these attributes tend to fall to the wayside as they look for qualities that would make a good mate. This would be things like personality, general health, a good stable job, manners, etc.
What Body Parts Are Most Attractive to Women?
While biceps get a lot of the attention and focus in the gym, they aren’t near the top of the list for women. (Again, keep in mind this is just a general idea. All women have their own preferences). When it comes to bigger looking arms, it’s actually your triceps that you need to be building. Do some bench press to build these muscles and you’ll also work your chest, another body part that women find sexy.
In addition to that, I remember one woman saying how much she lusted after Brad Pitt’s body in Fight Club. While his abs were exceptional in that film, it was particularly his shoulders and traps that she found so sexy. Make sure to work shoulder shrugs into your routine. Also, don’t skip leg day. Not only does it look weird having a buff upper body with chicken legs from the waist down, working your legs (since they are such a large muscle group) will get your anabolic system going and help build muscle all over your body.
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To answer your question, again, there’s really not one universal preference when it comes to women’s views on muscles. The best answer is to be healthy and happy with how you look and feel, be confident in who you are, and the rest will fall into place.
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