How to Determine Your Physique Goals

I have found that a lot of people (including me) want to go to the gym to get ‘fit’, ‘lose weight’ or get ‘shredded’, and that’s great, but, I will help you get a much clearer picture of what your ideal physique looks like. Visualisation is vital, which is why I have dedicated this post solely to this. Here is an example of how powerful visualisation is:

There was a basketball study done in the 1950s.

People were split into three groups and each group was tested on how many free throws they could make.

After this, the first group practiced free throws every day for an hour.

The second group just visualised themselves making free throws.

The third group did nothing.

After 30 days, they were tested again.

The first group improved by 24%.

The second group improved by 23% without touching a basketball!

The third group did not improve which was expected.

It’s a common factor between successful people such as David Goggins, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Connor Mcgregor that visualisation has been imperative to their success. Here, Calum Von Moger, a successful bodybuilder, talks about this:

“Your mind cannot tell the difference between something that is real and something that is thoroughly imagined”.


Now, you hopefully see why visualisation is so important and why you must understand how you can now implement this knowledge.

Most men’s ideal physique is to be ‘shredded’ – i.e. lean and muscular. Most men don’t want to have a bodybuilder’s physique because they find it ‘too much’. Well, don’t worry, it’s surprising how many people I’ve talked to that seem genuinely worried that they might get like that.

Let’s get more specific than lean and muscular and know exactly why we want that type of body.

As a man, you want to have a body that is attractive to women, garners respect and is something you can feel confident about all the time. Check out my post on commanding respect here. There is no reason for you to not strive for this body. Wear your body like a badge of honour!

To have a physique that is subconsciously attractive it must be in-line with the Adonis Golden Ratio.

The meaning of this is to have a ‘V-shaped’ upper body. The ideal figure is to have your shoulders 1.6 x bigger than your waist. So this is something very objective you can work towards. The gold ratio also applies to the gals too with slightly different ratios from hips to waist to chest.

It’s a ratio that’s actually widely used in architecture and art too, because it is naturally visually appealing to us. This perfect proportion of your waist to your shoulders creates immediate subconscious admiration from both sexes which is referred to as “The Adonis Effect”. You know this to be true because whenever you see a girl and think ‘she’s fit’, it’s probably for that reason.

Most people neglect their shoulders when working out but they should be predominant in your workout plan. There is no muscle group which should be neglected but for purely building your physique; shoulders are essential. You should also focus on developing your back muscles. Your lats give your back thickness and width. Then of course you should be at a low enough body fat percentage so that at least some of your abs are visible to create that tapered V-shape. Check out my article on How to Lose Weight. This article is also valuable for understanding nutrition, here.

Check out other physiques that you see online that you think looks good and would like to work towards.

Jeff Seid | Zac Aynsley | David Laid


  • Measure out your waist to shoulder ratio to see where you’re at.
  • Find your physique inspiration!
  • Get to the gym, eat smart and make fitness part of your lifestyle!!!

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