Men’s Sexiest Body Parts #10: Abs
Most men reading this will ruefully smile as we pretty much all know women love strong, conditioned abs.
Unfortunately, we also know that they are probably the hardest body part to develop. Sure you can do crunches all day long but a good set of abs is 80% down to diet, plain and simple.
To get the worthy abs that will make women drool, you need to cut your body fat down to 12% maximum (and probably more). This means watching what you eat religiously, and certainly no binge drinking beer at weekends.
There´s usually a good evolutionary reason for a woman´s visual preferences, and it turns out that high-fat storage in the abs region is indicative of low testosterone, and therefore lower drive and fertility.
9. A Strong Posterior
Guess what, when you walk around women check out your bum just as much as you check out theirs (well, almost).
A strong, well-developed bum is a sign of hard to fake physical strength.
As we all know, virtually EVERY man hates leg day at the gym – this is why you´ll see loads of guys with developed upper bodies and twig-like legs (a look that most women find ridiculous, by the way).
To develop your glutes you HAVE to squat, probably the least favorite exercise known to man because it´s just HARD. This is why very few men have strong glutes.
Nevertheless, according to a poll of 1000 women on Askmen.com, a well-developed bum is well worth squatting for.
8. Wide, Strong Shoulders
According to a recent study carried out at the University of Albany, women prefer men with strong and big shoulders.
Now we´re not saying that you need to be The Rock, but if you´re a narrow-shouldered geek you CAN improve this with regular gym work and the results will pay off in terms of attention from the ladies.
Broad, well-defined shoulders are yet another indicator of physical strength and masculinity, and men with a good shoulder to hip ratio (yes, studies have looked at men’s ratios too!) are reported to meet a partner at an earlier age and on average have more partners.
7. Ripped, Tapered Back
According to a 2013 study published in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences, back broadness accounts for 79% of the variability in a woman’s perceived attractiveness to a man.
The same study highlighted that back broadness is even more important than height, oh, and his genital size too and there you were thinking height was all-important.
Lucky for us men we can improve our back but not height.
6. Strong Arms
Ah yes, the arms. This is what most guys work furiously in the gym, despite it being only a relatively small muscle.
A study of 100 women carried out by hercampus.com found arms as the biggest turn on.
Now we must admit, 100 is a small sample size but nevertheless we have to concede that many women do indeed look at arms as a sign of manliness.
Pro Tip: Work the triceps just as much as the biceps, they are much larger muscles and account for arm thickness more than the biceps.
5. A Powerful Chest
Another body part that pops up in Perrett’s book The New Science Of Human Attraction, women prefer a man who looks like he could actually hunt and kill (again, genetic fitness).
Think narrow waist, broad shoulders and a hard, strong chest.
Interestingly for all those guys who bulk up at the gym, this isn´t anywhere near as attractive to women according to Perrett’s book.
Instead focus on functionality: muscles that are strong and can DO something functionally.
Perhaps we should spend more time doing bodyweight exercises.
If you´ve ever tried them you will know how hard they are, but they are excellent for functional, core strength.
4. The Face
The one thing you cannot change and the area that is most misunderstood.
According to numerous studies, women prefer manly jaws, wide cheekbones, and a more “manly” appearance – at certain times of the month.
At others, large eyes and a medium to the small nose.
In other words, they want a compassionate good looking guy that can be a bad boy, exuding sexual power.
If you find this confusing, women do too so it´s not worth worrying about. Be confident in yourself and you´ll not go far wrong!
3. Mysterious Brooding Mouth
You wouldn´t think this would be important, would you? But, a study carried out at the University Of Colombia found that women are less sexually attracted to “happy” guys and instead preferred “brooding” men.
NOTE: If you have a long sour face with a downturned mouth, this look won´t work for you. You´ll just look unhappy!
If you want to use this to your advantage when talking to the ladies try this:
Don’t smile so much at first, try instead to look sure of yourself (even arrogant), powerful and even a little moody.
Remember, women might SAY they like “nice guys”, but they tend to go for men like we´ve described here.
2. Big, powerful hands
Another thing you cannot change, BAH.
A survey carried out by askmen.com found that virtually ALL women preferred big strong-looking hands to more normal-sized ones.
Not much you can do about this, so if you do have delicate hands, stick them in your pockets, or something. (Bigger hands relate to masculinity, though you probably already know this)
1. Facial Hair
Heavy stubble is where it´s at for men, according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Evolution And Human Behaviour.
If you´re a man and looking for a wifey though, you might be better off with a full beard, as women often associate this with being a good father, good health and parenting ability.