Whether you're a guy or a gal, I think this question is pertinent. What is your idea of the perfect male physique? I think our idea of physical beauty is probably intricately tied to our priorities and values as a society. So I decided to perform this attempt at a pseudo-scientific analysis of how we perceive the perfect male body.
There's a poll at the bottom of this post. But as you scroll down to get to it, you'll see that I've provided a few sample physiques for you to ponder. Each of them is included in your choices, but you can also choose "other" and insert your own example. Or you can just skip right to the comments and tell us the characteristics of the perfect physique in your own words.
If you are a regular here, you may already know which one I would choose, but I won't spoil it by giving my opinion at the outset. Let's see where the discussion takes us.
So without further ado, here are a few options. By the way, my characterizations for each physique type are totally ad hoc and off the cuff...
[Note - For a look at all the other physiques that were suggested in the comments, take a look at the follow up physique post]
Brad Pitt - Fight Club: "Lean and chiseled"
Orlando Bloom: "Lean and smooth"
Leonidas From 300: "Lean with Primal Bulk"
Ben Johnson: "Athletic Power Physique" (OK, He had a little "help"...)
Lance Armstrong: "Athletic Sleek Endurance Physique"
Mohammed Ali: "Stringy Power"
Ronnie Coleman: "Gigantic" (OK, so he probably had a lot of "help")
LL Cool J: "Lean and Big"
The Rock: "Soft and Big"
Beyond making a choice in the poll, what are the characteristics that define your vision of the ideal male physique? For the guys, do you want to look like any of the guys above? If so, why? For the gals, who's hot? Why?
Does the media define our idea of the perfect physique? Is it primal? Is it signs of health and vitality that draw our eye or envy? Or is it merely the media programed idea of what we think is the image of perfection? I don't have the answers, but I'd love to know what you think!