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    Question Leg To Arm Ratio?

    Is there any info about what is considered a good arm to leg ratio to determine wether or not you are proportioned?
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    In John Hansens Natural Bodybuilding book he mentions that a good ratio is biceps and calves should be roughly the same.Forearms approx 4 inches smaller than bi's. If you have 17 inch bi's, forearms should be approx 13inches and calves 17 inches.Not sure about quad specs,but should be larger than calves.
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    I don't know what the optimal ratio is, but most of the guys I see at the gym appear to be rocking a 1:1 arm:leg, aka the "I'm unaware there's a vaccine for polio" build.
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    In John Hansens Natural Bodybuilding book he mentions that a good ratio is biceps and calves should be roughly the same.Forearms approx 4 inches smaller than bi's. If you have 17 inch bi's, forearms should be approx 13inches and calves 17 inches.Not sure about quad specs,but should be larger than calves.
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    In John Hansens Natural Bodybuilding book he mentions that a good ratio is biceps and calves should be roughly the same.Forearms approx 4 inches smaller than bi's. If you have 17 inch bi's, forearms should be approx 13inches and calves 17 inches.Not sure about quad specs,but should be larger than calves.
    Serious! Damn it I guess I need to pump the biceps more..

    I have 13 1/2 inch bi's, 10 inch forearms, and 17 inch calves..
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    2 arms 2 legs and i balance pretty good.
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    My Bicep to Calve is the same... but my calves are small so it makes me look a little top heavy but i have decent legs..
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    Originally Posted by jetnic13 View Post
    Thanks for the info.
    My pleasure.

    I enjoyed his book that i took out from the library so much that i purchased a copy.Great complete reference book IMO. He is a member here on BB.com and is a nice man to talk to and very helpful.
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    16 flexed arms
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    I just double checked the book and he mentions that the:

    "neck,arms and calves should measure within and inch or two of each other"

    "the chest measurement should be 95 percent of both thigh measurements.A bodybuilder with 25 inch thighs should have a chest measurement of 47.5 inches(25x2=50 x 0.95 = 47.5) "

    "the forearm measurement should be approx 80 percent of the upper arm measurement.A bodybuilder with 18 inch arms should have forearms that measure at least 14.5 inches"

    "these approximations are ideal for my physique,but you can use the same percentages for your body.However,you must be open to making adjustments based on your unique physique."
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    I just double checked the book and he mentions that the:

    "neck,arms and calves should measure within and inch or two of each other"

    "the chest measurement should be 95 percent of both thigh measurements.A bodybuilder with 25 inch thighs should have a chest measurement of 47.5 inches(25x2=50 x 0.95 = 47.5) "

    "the forearm measurement should be approx 80 percent of the upper arm measurement.A bodybuilder with 18 inch arms should have forearms that measure at least 14.5 inches"

    "these approximations are ideal for my physique,but you can use the same percentages for your body.However,you must be open to making adjustments based on your unique physique."
    Well, according to that I'm not as disproportional as people keep saying I am!
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    Originally Posted by OutOfStep View Post
    I don't know what the optimal ratio is, but most of the guys I see at the gym appear to be rocking a 1:1 arm:leg, aka the "I'm unaware there's a vaccine for polio" build.
    LOL! Clearly You have found the vaccine. I been hitting the vaccine pretty hard, I think it's working!
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    I just double checked the book and he mentions that the:

    "neck,arms and calves should measure within and inch or two of each other"

    "the chest measurement should be 95 percent of both thigh measurements.A bodybuilder with 25 inch thighs should have a chest measurement of 47.5 inches(25x2=50 x 0.95 = 47.5) "

    "the forearm measurement should be approx 80 percent of the upper arm measurement.A bodybuilder with 18 inch arms should have forearms that measure at least 14.5 inches"

    "these approximations are ideal for my physique,but you can use the same percentages for your body.However,you must be open to making adjustments based on your unique physique."
    Thanks once again. Sweet info!
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    Originally Posted by grace_ou View Post
    Serious! Damn it I guess I need to pump the biceps more..

    I have 13 1/2 inch bi's, 10 inch forearms, and 17 inch calves..
    I would have to assume the ratio has got to be different for women. Here is a picture of what I think a perfect ratio is for a woman.
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    I just double checked the book and he mentions that the:

    "neck,arms and calves should measure within and inch or two of each other"

    "the chest measurement should be 95 percent of both thigh measurements.A bodybuilder with 25 inch thighs should have a chest measurement of 47.5 inches(25x2=50 x 0.95 = 47.5) "

    "the forearm measurement should be approx 80 percent of the upper arm measurement.A bodybuilder with 18 inch arms should have forearms that measure at least 14.5 inches"

    "these approximations are ideal for my physique,but you can use the same percentages for your body.However,you must be open to making adjustments based on your unique physique."
    my legs are fine, but my chest is only 43 with 25 inch thighs.

    But I knew that, I didn't need a book to tell me I need to catch my upper body up
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    Originally Posted by jetnic13 View Post
    I would have to assume the ratio has got to be different for women. Here is a picture of what I think a perfect ratio is for a woman.
    LOL My arms ain't never gonna be that small and my boobs ain't never gonna be that big!!
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    Originally Posted by jetnic13 View Post
    Is there any info about what is considered a good arm to leg ratio to determine wether or not you are proportioned?
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    Originally Posted by grace_ou View Post
    LOL My arms ain't never gonna be that small and my boobs ain't never gonna be that big!!
    Is that good or bad? lol
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    Originally Posted by grace_ou View Post
    LOL My arms ain't never gonna be that small and my boobs ain't never gonna be that big!!
    Sounds like a lifting shirt.....

    & u rock, BTW. You keep doing what you are doing.
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    Originally Posted by ragehammer View Post
    Is that good or bad? lol
    It's good for me .. wth would I do with big boos?? Use'em as a board press subsitute! LOL She could probally get a 3 board press out of them boobs!

    Originally Posted by BuckSpin View Post
    Sounds like a lifting shirt.....

    & u rock, BTW. You keep doing what you are doing.
    I ain't even gonna say what happens when you girl with little boobs in a bench shirt! ,,, It's like a magic show ,,, where they'd go!!??

    It's ok though I always find'em at the end!
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    Originally Posted by namtrag View Post
    my legs are fine, but my chest is only 43 with 25 inch thighs.

    But I knew that, I didn't need a book to tell me I need to catch my upper body up
    Is that an expanded chest? I bet thats what they are measuring. By these calcs I am almost ideal in proportion. Its helped me to not be able to work my legs.
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    Originally Posted by LyingSac View Post
    don't get microscopic on me!.........beware of "paralysis by analysis"
    I hear ya LyingSac, I just wanted to see if I was in the ball park for proportion. Very interesting info for me as well.

    Originally Posted by grace_ou View Post
    LOL My arms ain't never gonna be that small and my boobs ain't never gonna be that big!!
    ROFL!

    Originally Posted by BuckSpin View Post
    Sounds like a lifting shirt.....

    & u rock, BTW. You keep doing what you are doing.
    They should make a lifting shirt for women out of that statement, and I have to agree Grace you rock! Your progress pics are awesome! Keep up the good work.
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    Originally Posted by buff_dad_dy View Post
    I just double checked the book and he mentions that the:

    "neck,arms and calves should measure within and inch or two of each other"

    "the chest measurement should be 95 percent of both thigh measurements.A bodybuilder with 25 inch thighs should have a chest measurement of 47.5 inches(25x2=50 x 0.95 = 47.5) "

    "the forearm measurement should be approx 80 percent of the upper arm measurement.A bodybuilder with 18 inch arms should have forearms that measure at least 14.5 inches"

    "these approximations are ideal for my physique,but you can use the same percentages for your body.However,you must be open to making adjustments based on your unique physique."
    Did he make any comments on how waist size should fit into the proportions? Or is it generally agreed that the smaller, the better no matter what proportion may be?
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    Originally Posted by texastea View Post
    Did he make any comments on how waist size should fit into the proportions? Or is it generally agreed that the smaller, the better no matter what proportion may be?
    "The waist measurement will differ depending on if the bodybuilder is trying to gain weight and add muscle,or if he is losing body fat to prepare for competition.A method for keeping on track during the off season and for setting a goal during contest preparation is to shoot for a waist measurement that is 70-72% of your chest measurement during the off season and only 65% of your chest measurement when you are onstage.For example,if your chest measurement is 50 inches in the off season when you're trying to add muscle,your waist measurement should not exceed 36 inches.For a competition,the ideal measurement for your waist would be 32.5 inches."

    Hope this is of some help. I am trying to adhere to this and i find i look pretty proportioned,mind you i am roughly the same height and weight as the author. If you do not know who he is,he is a 2 time Mr.Natural Universe and the first Mr.Natural Olympia. (not a paid advertisement LOL i just really enjoy his book as it is IMO very thorough)

    His user name here is Natural_O
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