Four years ago we published an article called Ectomorph Aesthetics that covered everything you could possibly want to know about the most attractive male physique. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy for us naturally thin dudes to build up a perfectly attractive physique.
In that article we talked a lot about what was attractive, and not so much about how to become attractive. So in this short follow-up article we’re going to help you actually build up an optimally attractive physique.
Also, a few new really interesting bits of research have come out in the past few years. We’ll cover that too.
How to Build the Optimally Attractive Physique
Having a perfectly attractive physique isn’t as difficult as you might think. You see guys on the cover of fitness magazines and whatnot and yeah, in order to get their physiques you’d need exceptional genetics and the help of your neighbourhood drug dealer.
Unfortunately, as naturally skinny dudes we don’t have best muscle-building genetics. Also, most of us don’t want to break the law, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, and suffer some unsightly side-effects in order to take steroids. I certainly don’t.
Does that mean we can’t have an optimally attractive physique? Hell no!
What women are drawn to is exceptional masculine health. Guys on steroids look very strong and very masculine, but they hardly look like pillars of health—at least not to women. It’s very impressive… but mostly just to other dudes.
In terms of attracting women, you could say that sexy is a visual representation of remarkable health.
In order to look remarkably healthy you can’t have the average dude’s fairly healthy 20% body fat and look like you work a desk job. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to look exceptionally sexy you need to look exceptionally strong and healthy… not average. Surprisingly, that’s actually not that hard! That’s incredibly realistic for almost everyone. It’s certainly realistic for you.
That’s what made our first aesthetics article a little bit controversial. A lot of bros think that you need to be enormously muscular and totally chiselled in order to look “aesthetic.” This is not so! The research unanimously shows that guys with twenty fewer pounds of muscle and ten more pounds of fat look better.
You could think of that as being the difference between Brad Pitt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Both action heroes, but just one is a famous sex icon—the smaller one. It’s primarily dudes who dig the bigger one.
So for us skinny guys, who generally tend to have a healthy body fat percentage already, it’s simply a matter of building up a bunch of muscle in a balanced way without getting fat, and then while doing that fixing up your desk-junkie posture and doing some fun accessory lifts to bring up lagging body parts.
That’s where this visual guide comes. It will show you how much weight you need to gain, what optimal posture looks like, how lean you should be, and some proportions to aim for.
Keep in mind that just moving closer to these ideals will make you far more attractive. If you get 80% of the way there that’ll probably be all you need. If you can get 100% of the way here, God help the women you don’t choose to spend the rest of your life with—they’ll never find another man as handsome as you.
Onwards to the guide! (We made it Pinterest Size.)
The Full Guide to Optimizing Your Attractiveness (Members)
For members, we’ve got a full step-by-step guide in the community (which integrates with the workouts and nutrition plans).
Beastly Resources for Becoming More Attractive (Free)
We’ve got a ton of free articles right here on the blog that explain how to accomplish all of these things. I’ve sorted them and linked them here for your convenience.
#1: How to Gain Weight
- How to build muscle leanly with exercise / weightlifting
- How to eat enough to gain weight
- Muscle-building supplements for ectomorphs (these are optional)
- Common reasons we fail to gain weight
- How to build a muscle-building home gym
#2: How to Fix Your Posture
- How to build abs that work (And why crunches are a poor choice.)
- How building muscle improves posture
- How to lift as a naturally skinny guy
#3: How to Lose Fat
#4: How to Fiddle with Your Proportions
- Gain weight to increase your BMI
- Correct your slumpy posture and “lazy stomach” so you don’t even need to think about it
- Learn how to cut while maintaining (and sometimes even building) muscle
- And how to properly emphasize different body parts to idealize your proportions