What’s the most attractive and aesthetic form of the male physique?
Is it a big chest?
What about bulging biceps?
What if I told you it was having a nice v-taper body (aka golden ratio)?
Having big broad shoulders, a v-taper back, and a narrow waist is the type of body you should develop.
That might be hard to believe since most guys don’t train for it, but science has shown this is the best route to go.
The question now becomes what exercises can you do to develop your v-taper as fast as possible?
I’ve got just the thing for ya.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you the 5 best exercises for developing a perfect golden ratio body as fast as possible.
Here we go…
Why The Golden Ratio is the Most Aesthetic Male Physique You Can Develop
The golden ratio has been scientifically shown to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Here’s the simplest way I can describe it:
“Dividing a line into 2 parts so that the larger part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.”
Wow what a mouthful.
Essentially you need to know that people like the way the golden ratio looks, and it’s found in many different things:
- Flower Petals
How can you apply it to develop the perfect v-taper body?
What you need to do is develop a killer shoulder-to-waist ratio.
Specifically having your shoulders be 1.618 times bigger than your waist.
For example, let’s say you’re a 6 foot tall male.
You’re ideal waist measurement would be 32.4 inches and your ideal shoulder measurement would be 52.4 inches.
Here’s a simple 2-step formula you can use to determine your own perfect ratio:
Step 1: Multiply your height (in inches) by .45 for your ideal waist measurement.
Step 2: Take your ideal waist and multiply that number by 1.618 for your ideal shoulder measurement.
3 Mistakes Guys Make When Trying to Get a V-Taper Body
Mistake #1: Too Much Chest and Biceps
The most common mistake guys will make when trying to develop a perfect body is to not even train the right muscle groups!
Guys will go to the gym and only work on their “show muscles.”
Not only will this create an unbalanced physique, but also training the wrong muscle groups won’t bring you any closer to a v-taper body.
Instead, there are 3 main muscle groups you need to focus on when developing the perfect v-taper body:
- Upper Chest
In one way or another, all 3 of these muscle groups will contribute to your overall shoulder circumference measurement.
Your primary aim is to build up these muscle groups and not something else like your biceps.
Mistake #2: Not Focusing on Getting Leaner
Another part of the v-taper body equation is having low levels of body fat.
You can have the broadest shoulders in the world, but it won’t mean a thing if you have a thick waistline.
Many guys will go on a bulk and use that as an excuse to eat whatever they please.
The problem is that you’re gaining as much fat as you are muscle.
Eventually you’ll have to burn off the additional fat gain, which is a waste of time if it could have been prevented.
Here’s the kicker:
What should you do if you need to burn fat and build muscle?
Which goal should you attack first?
Fortunately, I’ve written an entire post based around overcoming the skinny fat syndrome.
Mistake #3: Not Getting Stronger
Here’s the deal:
Your body grows through progressive overload—aka getting stronger over time.
How much weight have you added to your key lifts in the past 2 months?
If your answer to that question is not much, then you have your answer as to why you’re not building muscle.
You need to stop focusing on circuits, drop-sets, super sets, high reps, etc.
These kinds of workouts make it hard to gain strength.
Instead, take longer rest periods (3-5 minutes) and work in a shorter rep range (5-6).
The longer rest periods will ensure a full recovery between sets and the lower rep range will allow you to lift the heaviest amount of weight possible.
5 Best Exercises for Developing an Aesthetic V-Taper Body
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for.
Here are the 5 best exercises you can do to build an aesthetic v-taper body as fast as possible (in no particular order):
#1: Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns and Pull-Ups
These 2 exercises are the best for widening out the lats and creating that v shape.
The question is, which one is right for you?
Start with the lat pulldown if you’re a beginner and can’t do pull-ups with your bodyweight yet.
As you start to progress, transition over to the pull-up.
The pull-up is a closed chain exercise meaning that your hands are fixed and your body moves through space.
Close chained exercises require more core stability to perform and will work your body harder.
#2: Military Press
The military press is going to be your primary compound movement for building up your shoulders.
Your shoulders are comprised of 3 parts—the front, side, and rear delt. The military press is a fantastic exercise for building up the front delt.
You can do any variation of the exercise you like—seated/standing, barbell/dumbbell, and the key with it is to stick with a lower rep range and get stronger.
#3: Lateral Raises
This is one of the best exercises of all time.
And yes it’s an isolation exercise.
The military press alone won’t cut it for building up the side delt.
Developing your side delt is what will really help to broaden out the shoulders and widen them.
Not only that, but lateral raises will also give your shoulders a nice capped look.
You can do this exercise with dumbbells, a cable pulley, or lateral machine.
Focus on a higher rep range (around 10) and rest for around 1 minute in between sets.
#4: One-Arm Dumbbell Rows
The previous back exercises (lat pulldowns and pull-ups) were vertical pulling movements.
These exercises are great for back width.
With a horizontal pulling exercise such as the one-arm dumbbell row, you’ll be working on back thickness.
The key with this exercise is that it hits the rhomboids hard.
The rhomboids are a deep muscle that lie beneath the traps and can’t be seen.
Out of sight out of mind, right?
Not if you want to develop a v-taper body!
Developing the rhomboids is critical for creating front to back thickness.
This’ll give your body a nice 3-D look and push the tape measure out when taking your shoulder circumference.
#5: Incline Barbell/Dumbbell Bench Press
How is a chest exercise going to help me develop a v-taper body?
While the chest isn’t as important as the back or shoulder muscles, it still plays a role.
We are specifically talking about developing the upper chest here.
Too many gym goers do the flat bench press.
This will over develop the middle and bottom portions of the chest.
It will create an unbalanced, man-boob look.
Do the incline bench press 85% of the time compared to 15% flat.
This will create an even thickness throughout the pec muscle and develop a masculine looking chest.
It will also create a thick, 3-D look similar to the one-arm dumbbell row.
Stop wasting your time in the gym by obliterating your chest and biceps.
Start to train smarter by targeting the right muscle groups with the right exercises.
This is your fastest path to developing a perfect v-taper body.
Now I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.
What do you think about the golden ratio body?
What are your favorite back or shoulder exercises?