Although perceptions of physical beauty undergo slight variations, there’s an underlying ratio of ideal dimensions that spans universally across cultures and time. Whether you’re looking at an ancient Greek representation of the goddess Venus or a photo of Eva Mendes on the cover of Shape magazine, they have more in common than not.
The absolute dimensions may change with time and fashion, but the body parts as they relate to each other maintain remarkably similar ratios down the centuries. Our friend John Barban has gone to great lengths to study and understand those ideal dimensions, and he uses them to design programs which perfectly target the inherent beauty of the female form.
John discovered that the Secret of Proportion is in the contrast between the shoulders, waist and hips. They’re the focal points of the classic hourglass shape. This visual cue is so powerful that it can even make animated characters like Betty from the Flintstones look hot! But if the proportions are off, watch out…
Take a look at the video below, where John reveals the two most common mistakes women make in their training, and gives two exercises that will enhance the natural shape of the feminine physique.
We hope that this video helped you to understand that proper exercise selection and training protocols are MORE important than simply doing a huge volume of work. You can train your butt off (quite literally) — and end up looking WORSE if you throw your proportions out of whack.
Rather than train like crazy for training’s sake, concentrate on making your shoulders and hips more substantial while diminishing your waistline. In the gym that means less cardio and ab workouts, and more shoulder and glute exercises.
Give the Curtsy Lunge & Snatch and the Push Up Point and Touch a try. Work them into your program. And let us know in the comments if you have any questions for John.