You work out and sure enough you want that to show, but there is always someone bigger or fitter, right? Chances are, your system of reference is a little off.
But They Are All Bigger!
When you go to the gym, you meet guys who, well, go to the gym, too. When you train at home, you are likely to join fitness communities where other guys hang out that train and they post their stats and pictures. You look at these guys, some being this huge and strong, and you may feel like you are just a puny excuse for a male of our species.
In reality, you simply surrounded yourself with men that are far from the norm. Your system of reference is off. To find out how you really stack up against the vast majority of guys out there, check these stats. They represent the true averages, taken from the general male population:
|Stat||The Average Guy|
|Height||5’9″ (1.75 m)|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||26.6 (25+ = overweight)|
|Biceps||13 inches (33 cm) flexed|
|Chest||40 inches (102 cm) inhaled|
|Back||16.2 inches (41.1 cm)|
|Waist||34 inches (86.3 cm)|
|Benchpress 1RM||160 lbs (72.5 kg)|
|Push-Ups For One Minute||27|
|Grip Strength||110 lbs (49.9 kg)|
|Time To Run 1 Mile||12 minutes, 17 seconds|
What isn’t even accounted for here is how much fat is on the average upper arm when those 13 inches were calculated and what those 27 push-ups really look like.
How Do You Stack Up?
88% of men don’t belong to a gym and I bet that of the other 12%, half has a gym membership and shows up there once every other new moon. When you feel weak or too small compared to those guys you hang out with who are into fitness as well, you in fact are comparing yourself to a special sample that is nothing but a tiny minority in the general population.
Now let me ask you: How do you really stack up?
Picture courtesy of David Mican.