women have ALWAYS preferred fit men. That goes all the way back to natural instinct and evolution.
The whole gym thing is part of a craze that's captivating both men and women. America was steadily becoming fatter and fatter, until recently the trend changed and there was a sudden push for people to eat healthier and exercise more. I attribute it to the media... you see it all the time in school, they're always pushing it on kids, you see it on all kinds of TV shows and commercials, it's in songs, movies.
People who take care of themselves are attractive. It's no secret, we're just coming back to it after letting go (as a nation).
idk I prefer guys who are muscular, those are the best body types. like professional football players. I've never looked at a slim guy and thought "wow his body is super sexy" like I would a muscular guy
I'm not into huge muscles. I hate seeing large neck or shoulder muscles on a guy. It just looks weird. I like a nice, athletic body like a Christiano Ronaldo type body. A nice athletic body lets me know he's in shape and could be healthy. Subconsciously, I look for someone healthy who I can make healthy babies with.
Some guys look good with muscles - some guys don't - it depends on their bone structure, their face and their personality. I know bigger guys who look horrible that way and I know bigger guys who look great that way.
Women have always been attracted to masculine men. Men just went to the gym to compete to be the most masculine. And women are attracted to the most masculine. Maybe you're just noticing it now, but it's really all been that way.
People prefer fit bodies overall. Don't get this confused though. There's different types of fit men. Many girls will tell you overly muscular men may seem gross to them. I go to the gym frequently and it changed a lot for me. Overall from what I have researched, "lean and toned" is the popular type of body that girls are into.
There's a lot about a muscular guy besides his muscles that attracts women too though. Confidence, work ethic, determination, self assurance, and optimistic attitude are a few things I can name off hand.
- Football players being top of the status heap in U.S. high schools. As they have gotten bigger (through better training) that's trickled down. European women are more likely to indicate soccer player type physique as optimal.
- Studies have shown women with a weak relationship with their father tend to find men with physical markets of very high testosterone most attractive, while those with good relationships tend to like moderate testosterone. It seems like the latter group are attracted to strong men with good father potential, while the former group - perhaps anticipating being single mothers, subconsciously - choose the strongest genes. I suspect there's some evidence of this in women's tastes shifting, on average, to even more masculine looking men. You'll notice that Asian cultures are much more likely to like slim 'pretty boy' males vs. north American. There's a profound difference in typical family dynamics.
Its the media. If you ever look at a mens magazine, the guy is ripped and huge. Over time that became the standard for male beauty. Its not a big deal though, getting muscles is easy. Going to the gym, having a good diet, and cardio will insure a sexy body in about 3 months.