Women Like Muscle Men. Right?
When men were asked what sort of physique they thought women most preferred and were offered a choice of silhouettes to choose from, they guessed that women wanted muscle men.
Turns out the ladies mostly like guys with average builds. Toned is great. But too much muscle can be too much.
Think of the guys you see in Cosmo, not Men’s Health. Definitely not Iron Man. More Bradley Cooper and less Sylvester Stallone. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fine-looking, too.
Now, some women are into big muscles. Maria Shriver was into Arnold Schwarzenegger. And it wasn’t his physique that made her leave him. But according to stats, most women like men with pretty normal body builds.
Here’s what a couple had to say on one forum:
- Never been a fan myself of the big muscled look. I like well-built guys but not those who are swelled up all over.
- Men are able to impress mostly other men with their muscles while women are more turned by a sense of humor, emotional connection, empathy, intelligence, success amongst other qualities.
Saying that women prefer less muscly men may seem to promote a narrow standard of male beauty. But no natural man’s body is bulging with muscles. Guys have to put a lot of time, effort and possibly steroids, into creating that particular body type.
Other research has found that women prefer qualities like loyalty and generosity over bulging biceps and strong jaw lines, too.
But really, the biggest turn-on is probably confidence, and muscular men may well have more of it.
Moral of the story: Accept yourself, be comfortable with yourself, like yourself and others will likely like you too.