I received an email from one of my readers asking: What is the ideal alpha male physique? I appreciate that this guy was looking for benchmarks to use as personal fitness goals, but it’s very important to understand that being alpha isn’t a look, it’s a mindset.
To illustrate this point, let’s start with the picture on this blog post. This is a guy who’s in great shape, and most would agree he has an alpha male physique. If however, I tell you that he’s 5′ 8″, most would say he’s too short to be alpha. Here’s where it gets really interesting… If instead, I tell you that the guy is 6 feet tall, then he magically becomes alpha again, but the second I tell you he’s gay, he loses alpha status. (Remember that an alpha male by definition is a leader of the strongest males and a sexual partner of the highest-quality females. When a man is gay, the strongest males lose respect for him, and he’s not having sex with any females.)
For the same reason, a man doesn’t need to be in excellent shape to be an alpha male. When I think of alpha males, the first two names that pop into my head are Jack Nicholson and Charlie Sheen. Jack Nicholson is 5′ 10″ and 76 years old. As for Charlie Sheen, we all know him as a party boy, not an athlete. Both of these men are alpha because of the mindset they hold. That’s what makes them powerful leaders and sexually desirable to women.
At this point, some readers will start wondering if I’m on an “alpha males don’t need to be large and muscular” rant because I myself am short and weak. Nope. I’m 6′ 1″, 220 pounds, and built like a brick shithouse. While it’s true that application of an alpha mindset will eventually give you the alpha look, the point I’m making is that you need to focus on the mindset rather than the look.
Think of it like this: There are two types of men who drive exotic sports cars, guys who are rich and can afford them, and guys who spend every last dime they earn on a car loan they cannot afford, and are continuously 45 days late in paying. I think it should be a law that if your car is worth more than $100K, your debt-to-income ratio should be clearly visible on the license plate frame. Having the car doesn’t make you alpha; being able to afford it does.
In the same way, being in shape doesn’t make you alpha, but having the willpower to get your body into the best shape possible does. Sure, I could throw out something like “Alpha males can bench press 225 lbs. for 10 reps.” but the reality is that every guy is different. Because different guys have different genetic potentials, one guy benching 225 could be taking his training very seriously while another guy benching the same weight is screwing around and living off of fast food. The mindset of a true alpha male working on his physique will be this:
I work twice as hard in the gym because I’ll die before I let some jack-ass with better genetics and less self-discipline look better than me.
Any man who holds that mindset day after day, month after month, and year after year, will obtain an alpha male physique. Giving statistics to a man like this will only limit him by suggesting a point where he can stop. An alpha male never stops.
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