So you want to know whether or not women are attracted to muscular dudes? So it’s probably not a shocker to learn that plenty of straight women and probably bi women, and hey even some gay women, really enjoy a muscular male physique. But guys don’t stop reading because this isn’t the end of the story.
When it comes to attracting the female gaze, if you’re not a super-ripped guy, that’s probably not a problem. Research on female sexual attraction and muscularity, i.e. how hulking a guy is, finds that there’s a limit to the amount of hulking male muscle that we find super-sexy for the long haul. Broadly speaking, if you were to plot women’s attraction to muscular dudes on a graph with hotness as the Y-axis and muscularity as the X-axis, you would kind of get a bell curve shape with someone like, I don’t know, Isaiah Moustafa, the old Old Spice guy, sitting at the very tip-top. He’s toned, but he’s not a super-duper beefcake. Once you tip those skills and get into the more and more and more muscular end of the spectrum, that hotness goes down. 1970-s body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And again, I’m speaking in very general terms, to each her own, etc. But research does consistently find that male muscularity is a type of fitness indicator. High level of testosterone is associated with higher levels of muscularity, and at first, we think oh, that’s really great because this guy is strong, he can take care of me, he takes care of himself. He might give me healthier babies. You get into the super-duper hulky side of things, that might signal in our brains, whoa this guy might have so much testosterone, that he might be kind of aggressive and not so willing to settle down, and might not be the best person to procreate with.
So super muscular guys do tend to report having more sexual partners and are more likely to say that they have slept with a woman, who was married. But when it comes to falling in love, ladies are looking for a toned man. Now, personally speaking, when I see a super-ripped dude, I might think to myself, ahwooga, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to date him because if he’s super-ripped, that means we’re going to be at the gym all the time. In the same way that yeah a super-ripped guy is going to catch women’s eyes as he jogs down the street perhaps, or just looks real good in that suit, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that is our idea of a perfect man. And heteronormatively speaking, it’s simply the flip of the type of curvaceous woman, who often will catch men’s eyes as she’s running down the street or looking real good in that suit.
So do women like guys who are muscular? Yes, but just remember, guys, there’s a bell-curve. There’s a limit to how far those muscles can take you. And, ladies, I also want to hear from you on this one, are you attracted to muscular dudes, is there such thing as too much muscle? Let us know in the comments and of course, if you have any questions that you would like me to tackle on differences between men and women, sexual attraction, how we ladies do our lady things, let me know below because I would love to make an article that you would like to read.