What is the Male Physical Body Ideal and Why Does it Matter for Modern Masculinity?

Aesthetics, attractiveness, and confidence are high on the minds of many men today.

While ideals of the masculine body continue to be refreshed through media — particularly movies, advertisements, and social media — it’s arguable that the ideal male body has persisted for millennia.

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

In other words, that which was beautiful to our ancestors 3,000 years ago was also likely beautiful to our ancestors 300,000 years ago. Yet, the beauty of a man does not solely rely upon his mere, “being,” rather the beauty of man combines a great many traits including the soundness of mind, body, and spirit.

Ancient cave paintings illustrate the muscular, V-Shape aesthetic with broad shoulders and large arms tapering into a small waist.
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10 Benefits of Having Low Body Fat (Part 2)

Since the original post on this topic is one of the most viewed posts on this blog, I decided to expand on the benefits of having low body fat.

Before I begin, let me remind you that I do not believe in adhering to specific body types. Overall, my goal with this article is to reach a specific audience that is trying to get lean or values having low body fat. It is not my intention to reinforce specific body standards or shame anybody.

By, “low body fat,” I mean low relative to the rest of society. Really, anything under 22% for women and anything under 16% for men could be considered, “low,” even though it is in the healthy/athletic range.

So let’s just jump into it.

Top 10 Benefits of Having Low Body Fat:

1. You feel like you’ve accomplished something special.

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