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Is it true that girls are into muscular men, or do they prefer a skinny boy with a pretty face?

I remember when I was an obese little kid, and I thought women would fawn all over me once I develop a nice body.

I did manage to get a pretty decent body after years of hard work.

So, were girls all over me when I finally attained that aesthetic looking body?

Well, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

So, let’s talk about it.

1. A V-shape attracts women

Before we talk about my personal experience, let’s talk about what the studies say about a girl’s preference for a muscular man.

Evolutionary psychologists have done more than a handful of studies regarding what type of body women prefer in men.

And they found that most women have a strong preference for men with a V-shaped body.

A V-shaped torso in a man signifies a well-developed upper body musculature along with a lower body fat percentage.

It’s also associated with a higher level of testosterone which most women find attractive.

So, why have women evolutionarily developed a preference for a physically strong male with a high level of testosterone?

It is because these men make a better protector.

In the ancient times, women were under constant threats of sexual assaults.

A muscular man with a V-shaped torso was able to successfully defend his woman and himself against these threats.

2. You stand out

Think about how most men look in North America.

Most men are either out of shape, or they are skinny-fat with no muscles.

If you are in a half-decent shape, you will instantly stand out among the sea of average men.

Whatever that is common loses its’ value.

So, you’ll become more desirable in a girl’s eyes if you are in better shape than other men.

Having a good body also attracts attention.

And in this competitive world of dating, you are getting off to a good start if you can get a hold of a girl’s attention.

I need to note, however, it is a lot better to be subtle with your positive attributes rather than putting them on full display when it comes to attracting a girl.

For example, it’s usually better to wear a long sleeve shirt that fits your body over a skin-tight shirt that should belong to your 8-year-old nephew.

As soon as a girl thinks you are a try-hard, her attraction to you will disappear into thin air.

3. She will see you as a man

It is a lot easier for a woman to see you as a man when you have a muscular body as opposed to a pudgy one.

There can be several reasons for this.

Maybe, women have a hardwired preference for a man with muscles.

Or maybe, the media has conditioned women to associate muscles with masculinity.

But, it’s likely a combination of both.

Whatever the reason may be, we know that women are more attracted to men with muscles (assuming you don’t look like a steroid freak).

So, what muscles do women find most appealing?

A V-shaped torso ranks at the very top as we had mentioned earlier.

Many women also like muscular arms, abs, and butts.

But most importantly, you want to stay within a reasonable body fat percentage if you want to be attractive to a lot of women.

As much as some girls love that dad bod look, the majority of girls still prefer a man with a lean body.

4. Your muscles show your characteristics

Guess what else your muscular body communicates to a girl?

It signifies your hard work.

It lets a girl know you are a reliable man.

It is not an easy task to acquire a well-developed body.

For most people, it takes years of hard work and consistency assuming you’re not using drugs.

You also need to exercise a great deal of self-control when it comes to diet and sticking to your workout routine.

These are all signs of a quality man.

And most girls would happily date a man who is handsome, physically fit, and reliable.

My Story

I noticed a dramatic difference in how girls treat me once I gained muscle and lost fat.

One of the girls I dated told me that my forearm instantly caught her attention when she saw me for the first time.

I’ve also had a girl tell me that my body was distracting her when she was trying to fall asleep beside me.

And I can’t count how many times girls would sneakily stare at me whenever I would wear a nice-fitted outfit at the gym.

This shouldn’t surprise you since it’s natural for both men and women to be attracted to the opposite gender with a healthy body.

Girls care about muscles

Some like to argue it is the confidence that comes with having a nice body that really does the trick for attracting women.

When people say that, they are probably thinking of some awkward muscular man who cannot carry a conversation.

It is true that your muscles alone will not carry you very far if you have the personality of a rock.

And It would be a lie if I told you I haven’t met plenty of men who struggle with women despite their impressive physiques.

My dating life didn’t change in any significant way (despite a nice physique) when I couldn’t hold a conversation for more than a few seconds with women.

With that being said, it would be foolish for me to deny that things weren’t a lot easier when I was in shape.

Girls were much more willing to give me the time of day, and it was a lot more effortless for me to get their attention.

It is absolutely true that girls find it hot when a man is confident.

But, it is also undeniable that girls are more attracted to a man with a nice body.

And you are not going to maximize the potential of your dating life without working on both.

What muscles do girls find most attractive? 

Let’s talk about what muscles girls find most attractive in men.

Is it really all about big arms, or is it more about having that nice perky behind to let a girl know you don’t skip your squat days?

In my experience, these are the top 3 muscles that girls find most attractive.


A big bicep clearly lets others know that you hit the gym.

Your biceps are the most exposed muscle group when you are wearing regular clothes, so they usually have the biggest effect on giving you the look of someone who lifts.

Many girls also associate big arms with strength, so they’ll perceive you as a strong masculine man when they see your impressive biceps.


Who doesn’t find a nice, round looking shoulder attractive?

Shoulders are not exactly the biggest muscle group, but it plays a pivotal in your overall appearance.

You can have the biggest arms, chest, and back, but without a well-developed shoulder, your physique will look incomplete.

If you want to explode your shoulders, I suggest you do a lot of lateral raises and shoulder presses.

Don’t be afraid to work on your shoulders more than once a week.

The more frequent you train your muscles, the faster they are going to grow, as long as you recover properly.

I personally experienced the most growth when I was training my shoulders 3 times a week, so I suggest you experiment with different routines and find what works for you.

Upper back

Your lats (latissimus dorsi) play one of the most important roles in giving you that nice inverted triangle shape to your upper body.

A wide back commands attention from people like no other muscle group.

In fact, your back and shoulders play the most important role in giving a nice V-shape to your body.

So, what are the most effective exercises for developing your back muscles?

My top two recommendations are weighted pull-ups and barbell rows.

Your back is comprised of a lot of muscles, so you need to train your back with a sufficient amount of volumes.


Your glutes may not have as wide appeal as some of the muscles mentioned previously.

But, girls that love your glutes will REALLY love them.

Maybe, we are all just wired to be attracted to that round shape, or girls perhaps associate your round behind with power.

So, don’t skip on your squats and hip thrusts!


When you have a big set of traps along with a girthy neck, it lets others know you are not someone to be messed with.

Type of girls that are into muscles

I don’t think it should surprise you to discover that gym girls are more likely to be into men who are physically fit.

Gym girls spend a lot of time and effort into being physically fit.

And the more your brain becomes fixated on something, the more important it becomes in your mind.

So, if they spend a lot of time working on their appearance, it only makes sense that they’d put more emphasis on their partner’s appearance as well.

There’s a study that shows that a woman who is physically attractive tends to value physical attractiveness in men more than an average woman.

The study suggests this may be because a woman who is physically attractive tends to be more confident in her ability to keep an attractive man from cheating with another woman.

We have so far talked about how most women are attracted to muscular men.

But does this mean you are forever destined to be alone if you are an average man with an average physique? Not really.

You do not need muscles to get girls

Not only do girls have different preferences, but they also have a wide range of preferences.

Yes, it is true there are certain traits that are universally desirable, but individual differences do exist.

Let me ask you this.

Don’t you feel like going out with a blonde girl one day? And maybe brunette the next? Or even redhead.

Women really are no different than men.

They have a wide range of men they would happily go out with.

So, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a lot of muscles.

What matters is that you become the best version of yourself.

If you are a naturally talented musician, then focus on becoming the best musician you can be.

If you have a natural talent for dancing, then become the best dancer.

When you maximize whatever potential you’ve got, then you will become attractive to a lot of girls.

While muscles certainly do help, there are plenty of men who make it work without an impressive physique.

If you falsely believe that you NEED muscles to get with hot girls, then erase that false belief.

In fact, you can easily find evidence for yourself if you go out to a busy street today and observe couples on the street.

You’ll see plenty of men with an average physique with an attractive girl.

So, I advise you to stop obsessing so much over getting muscular if your primary goal of lifting is to get girls.

Instead, you want to prioritize working out to improve your health and confidence.

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