The athletic and toned look of a male swimmer is considered attractive by both men and women. But is it the most attractive male body shape?
The perfect swimmer body is defined as a V-shaped back, broad shoulders, defined abs, and an overall toned shape. It’s the athletic look that separates them from the bulky, disproportionate shape of bodybuilders. But how do the morphologies of the best male swimmers compare to those of other athletes?
Not many people claim that male swimmers have an attractive body shape, but some say it can only be considered the most attractive body shape because it is the only sport where you can see practically naked men! They argue that other athletes might have better bodies, but you just don’t see them properly.
If you follow the true stereotype (and there are always exceptions!), Distance runners are too skinny, gymnasts and rugby players too bulky. American football players, rowers and sprinters tend to have more muscle mass than male swimmers. Each has its own characteristics. Sprinters have strong legs; the rower’s massive arms and shoulders, and American football players vary widely in their stance. When getting off the field or out of the water, it’s the attractive overall proportions of male swimmers that set them apart – they look just as good in a suit as they do in their underwear!
Why male swimmers are mathematically attractive!
Male swimmers are characterized as having broad male shoulders and a general V-shape. These are not such attractive traits in female swimmers as it can seem disproportionate. Our attraction to another person’s body increases if that body is symmetrical and proportionate. Scientists believe that we perceive proportional bodies to be healthier. The proportions of a perfect male swimmer’s body conform to the “beauty ratio”, otherwise known as the golden ratio in mathematics. This means that the muscles are not too big in key areas and the overall shape looks athletic.
Taste is not objective and everyone has their preferences. Although most would agree that a universally attractive body shape is The swimmer’s body!