So what are the ideal body measurements?
Greco Roman Ideal Proportions / Measurements:
This tool is interesting:
Based on my 7" wrist I get these results:
Your ideal body measurements are:
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
it will give you your 'greek' ideal body measurements / proportions. In general, these measures are 'small' based on present day body-building standards.
Steve Reeve's Ideal Measurements
Here's another ideal which I found fascinating:
The best part is where he talks about "The Steve Reeves Ideal Body Measurement". Steve Reeves gives some ideal bodyweight numbers, but I have to say he's wrong on those bodyweight numbers. At 5'10" 185lbs I was built with near perfect symmetry, and I was nowhere near 18" arms, neck, and calves (his ideal). Currently, my arms, neck, and calves are all over 16" but less than 17" (my arms are the biggest, followed by my neck, then calves). I believe at 5'10" I couldn't reach those numbers with anything less than 200lbs. Regardless, I found his other ideal measurements interesting. In fact, most natural bodybuilders in our present day seem to strive for these ideals.
Steve Reeves Ultra-Symmetrical Physique Ratios
Arm size = 252% of Wrist size
Calf size = 192% of Ankle size
Neck Size = 79% of Head size
Chest Size = 148% of Pelvis size
Waist size = 86% of Pelvis size
Thigh size = 175% of Knee size
For the record, Steve Reeves measurement were:
(source: see link above, also supposedly he weighed 210lbs with these measures)
Here are my results based on these ratios:
My Ideal Measurements (an example):
Arms 18 (based on 7 wrist)
Calf 18 (based on 9.5 ankle)
Neck 18 (based on 23 head)
Chest 47 (based on guess of 32 pelvis, but im not sure)
Waist 28 (based on guess of 32 pelvis, but im not sure)
Thigh 27 (based on 15.5 knee)
Forearms 14 (I hear 14 forearm / 18 arms are 'ideal')
I don't know how to measure my pelvis, so I worked backwards to my lowest waist size ever to come up with a number. At 4.5% bodyfat I had a 28" waist, so thats how I came up with that number. It does seem ridiculous that to have ideal legs they must be almost the same size as my waist. One of my 'ideal' measures doesn't seem to match a ratio that reeves likes. Steve Reeves says having a chest exactly twice the size of each leg is ideal. This might be because I don't know how to measure my pelvis.
As a sidenote, although steve reeves claims he was 6'1" some people that met him say he couldn't be taller than 6' 1/2".
Anyway, I haven't tried to gain size in a long time; I was pretty satisfied with my size in college, but after reading up on bodybuilding subjects lately I have started thinking it would be nice to gain some more mass. I have never been interested in looking like the freakishly proportioned bodybuilders we see these days, but it would be nice to reach some kind of 'ideal'. Even if I don't reach what I consider "perfect proportions" I think it's useful to have goals. Although getting my waist back down to 28" might be difficult or impossible, perhaps 29" or 30" is within reason.
Anyway, what do you guys think the 'perfect' body proportions are? Do you like steeve reeves or the grecian ideal, or do you think something else is more ideal?