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Perfect Proportions

Steve Reeves? guidelines for classic development.

In building my own physique and in training others to build theirs, I always emphasized the necessity of proportion and symmetry. To this end, I devised a chart that allows one to determine whether or not he is at an ideal weight for his height and thus if he’s en route to building a classic physique:

Height/Classic Physique Weight
5’5′ 160 pounds
5’6′ 165 pounds
5’7′ 170 pounds
5’8′ 175 pounds
5’9′ 180 pounds
5’10’ 185 pounds
5’11’ 190 pounds
6′ 200 pounds
6’1′ 210 pounds
6’2′ 220 pounds
6’3′ 230 pounds
6’4′ 240 pounds
6’5′ 250 pounds

We all have a bone structure that is, in most cases, in proportion to our height. A man who is 5’6′ usually doesn’t wear a size 7 1/2 hat and a pair of size-12 shoes. With that in mind, I have developed the following method of predicting the potential maximum symmetrical proportions for each individual male based on height and bone size:

Arm size = 252% of wrist size
Calf size = 192% of ankle size
Neck size = 79% of head size
Chest size = 148% of pelvis size
Waist size = 86% of pelvis size
Thigh size = 175% of knee size

‘Steve Reeves, Building the Classic Physique the Natural Way

Editor’s note: To use Reeves’ percentages, convert them to decimals. For example, if your wrist measures seven inches, your arms should measure 252 percent of that, so multiply seven by 2.52, which will equal 17.64 inches. IM

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