Ultimate Guide (2021): Clothing for Bodybuilders

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Athletic Physique Brands in Post

Introduction

After working out consistently, you have built a solid muscular physique. Perhaps you are newer on your weight training journey, and you are planning to have a physique like Mauro Fialho (mens physique pro), Laszlo Kiraly (classic physique), or Chris Bumstead (classic physique pro) one day.

The physique that is favored in physique competition—broad shoulders, thickly muscled back, lean waist (a V-shape), and well-developed legs—is a rare body type. So, outside of athletic clothing, it can be difficult to find clothing for non gym activities—a date, a job, and so on.

Josh Riquelme by Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar

(Fit guys like Josh Riquelme, Kyle Hynick, and Fraser Wilson have physiques that mass-produced clothing can accommodate. Still, most of the brands that I will discuss would suit these physique types as well.)

Kyle Hynick (jeans, Represent)

Fortunately, there are clothing brands that specialize in making clothes for muscular guys. The goals of this article are

  • To help the reader determine the right colors to pick for their skin tone.
  • To help the reader pick out wardrobe essentials that are easy to coordinate and easy on the wallet.
  • To compile the brands that provide clothing for bodybuilders for easy reference.

Note: While there are different levels of muscularity in a physique competition

  • mens physique
  • classic physique
  • 212 pounds bodybuilding, and
  • open bodybuilding,

for the purposes of this article, I will consider all levels as bodybuilding. The gym-built bodies differ significantly from the general population of guys.

IFBB Pro (mens physique) Mauro Fialho
Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes practices bodybuilding poses with Milos Sarcev.

The Right Color for Your Skin Tone

The Undertone

There are two types of undertones—cool and warm. Skin tone is different from skin color. The best way to tell whether you have a cool or warm skin tone. Stand in front of a mirror and hold a sheet of white copy paper next to your face.

  • If you see a red, pink, or blue undertone you have a cool undertone.
  • If you see a peach, yellow, or golden undertone, then you have a warm undertone.

When you determine what type of undertone you have, you can tell which colors look best next to your skin.

Color Theory

I have provided a very quick explanation of how to apply a portion of color theory. However, if you are interested in viewing the topic in-depth, I recommend Marcel Floruss‘s video on color theory (at right). Marcel is a fashion school graduate and provides technical information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Neutral colors should be the foundation of a guy’s wardrobe. Neutral colors are black, white, grey, beige, and khaki. Once you build a wardrobe based on neutral colors, you can begin to mix in more colors.

Wardrobe Essentials: The Foundation of Your Personal Style

Your wardrobe for non-athletic places should include essential pieces. If money is tight, you can slowly buy new clothes or find pieces at a trusted thrift shop until your wardrobe is complete.

For the thrift shop idea and style ideas for muscular guys, see the video with Nathan McCallum and Marcel Floruss (right).

Brock McGoff, The Modest Man at YouTube, explains why the foundation of your wardrobe should be based on neutral colors. He also provides his advice on what he would by if he were building up his wardrobe.

Wardrobe Essentials

JacketDark grey suit
ShirtsWhite dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, t-shirt
PantsDress pants, casual pants (chinos), dark denim jeans
OuterwearLeather jacket, lightweight jacket, overshirt, topcoat
ShoesLeather boots, dress shoes, white or black leather sneakers
AccessoriesWatch, bracelet, leather belt

Clothing Brands for Bodybuilders

The goal is to find wardrobe essential pieces that are made for bodybuilder physiques. There are several brands that focus on this unique fashion niche.

Oxcloth

  • www.oxcloth.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jeans, chinos, shorts, and shorts.
  • The brand has a specific sizing guide. (According to a blog post, the brand specifically added upper arm measurements to its sizing.)

Sizing

The sizing for Oxblood is based on particular dimensions of a bodybuilder’s x-frame (wide shoulders/upper back, narrower waist, and wider hips, and bigger thighs). For example, the “Greyman” fit is recommended for a guy who is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet two inches tall, up to 225 pounds.

  • Arms: 16.5 inches to 18 inches
  • Chest: 43 inches to 48 inches
  • Waist: 30 inches to 38 inches
  • Neck: 19 inches
  • Hips: 45 inches

The Angus fit is interesting. The 212-pound bodybuilding category is for guys that are 5 feet five inches tall or shorter. The Angus fit for this height recommends a body weight of up to 175 pounds for guys who have a height from 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches.

The brand does caution that not everyone can fit its sizing, but the brand can provide clothing for some big guys. Each product page has a bodybuilder’s photos and his measurement’s so that the reader can compare.

Dress shirt

Light-blue dress shirt, the Stallion.

  • 111.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent cotton

Jeans

Note: The bodybuilders featured at Oxblood have tree-trunk thighs.

Medium-blue denim jeans, the Mustang Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans

  • 118.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Quote from the brand’s product description: “Tested up to a 300 kg squat”

Model: Romane Lanceford

Chinos

Black chinos, the Mamba Ultra-flex

  • 97.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

The lengths for the chinos can run long if you have squatter’s legs but are short.

Tapered Menswear

Sizing

The sizing for Tapered Menswear shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and unflexed biceps measurement. The sizes range from S to XXXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 45 inch to 47-in chest and 17.5-inch upper arms. For polo shirts and t-shirts, the arm size decreases by 0.5 inch. For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

White tapered fit shirt

  • 55 Great Britain Pounds
  • 96 percent cotton and 4 percent Elastane

Polo shirt

The brand’s polo shirts are available in short- and long-sleeves. I have chosen the short sleeve shirt for this article.

Black tapered fit polo shirt

  • 40 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton mesh fabric

T-shirt

The t-shirts have a muscle fit, meaning that the t-shirt fits closer to the body and emphasizes a bodybuilder’s V-shape. The close fit of the t-shirt’s sleeve shows off the wearer’s biceps peak.

White tapered fit t-shirt

  • 25 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton

Father Sons

  • Fathersonsclothing.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jackets, jeans, jumpers (sweaters), pants, shirts, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing chart for shirts and for pants. (There is a context-based size guide tab at the right side of the screen for each product type.) The brand shows how their clothes fit on different types of physiques (one of them is a muscular physique, Andrei Deiu, an IFBB pro (mens physique)).
  • Readers can email the brand for sizing advice.

Sizing

The sizing for Father Sons is not explicitly designed for bodybuilders but they do have muscular models wearing their clothes, such as Andrei Deiu and Regan Grimes. Both Andrei and Regan wear shirts with stretch in it.

I do not think that an undershirt would fit under the shirt. The brand’s sizing for upper-body clothing (XS to XXXXL) is based on chest size. Bodybuilders tend to have huge arms that will not fit in fitted sleeves.

For example, Andrei wears the super-slim stretch black denim long-sleeve shirt (US$61.81; 69 percent cotton, 28 percent polyester, and 3 percent stretch). An interested reader may have to size up with Father Sons to ensure a good fit.

In the leather jacket (US$418.92, lightweight lambs leather), Andrei wears a t-shirt under the jacket. While the body of the jacket fits Andrei well, the sleeves look too tight (you can see the veins on top of his biceps through the material). The brand explains that Andrei is demonstrating the tight, fitted look (size XXL, 50-inch chest).

Still, I added this brand for consideration because of muscular models wearing the clothes. I think fit men like Elad Michaeli, Josh Riquelme, or Kyle Hynick would fit these clothes well.

Elad Michaeli

The brand’s sizing (30 through 38) for lower-body clothing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist (up to 38 inches), hip (up to 44 inches), and thigh (up to 27 inches) circumference. The pants come in four lengths (28, 30, 32, and 34).

The brand’s pants sizing would explain IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes’s experience. In Regan Grimes’s try-on video, he showed that it took some effort for him to put on the brand’s jeans.

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes tries on Father Sons clothing.
Andrei Deiu and Zac Perna
Andrei Dieu at Father Sons photo shoot (behind the scenes).
Mario Hervas, Spain (2019)

Dress Shirt

Oxford Blue Super Slim Stretch Dress Shirt

  • 55.53 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent stretch

Polo Shirt

Classic Beige Polo Shirt

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Sweater

Classic Navy Ribbed Knit Jumper

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 85 percent polyester, 15 percent viscose

Leather Jacket

Grey Lambs Leather Jacket

  • 416.54 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent lambs leather

The leather is unlined.

T-shirt

Dress Pants

Slim Formal Plain Navy Stretch Trousers

  • 111.07 U.S. Dollars
  • 53 percent polyester, 44 percent virgin wool, 3 percent Elastane

Jeans

Barbell Apparel

  • barbellapparel.com
  • Based in the United States.
  • The clothing offered: chinos, dress shirts, dress pants, jeans, and polos.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (For example, see the chat function at the bottom-left of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Barbell Apparel shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest. The sizes range from S to XXL (38 inches to 52 inches). For example, for all brand shirts, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 52-inch chest. For pants, the sizes range from 28/S to 40/XXL. The pants sizes are based on a bodybuilder’s waist and thigh circumference. The length of the pants is 34 inches, which may be too long for shorter men (including me).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

Motive Dress Shirt

Shirt sizes range from XS to 4XL (36-inch to 61-inch chest).

  • 118 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent polyester, 13 percent rayon, and 9 percent Spandex

Polo Shirt

Havok Polo

  • 58 U.S. Dollars
  • 88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex

Chinos

Anything Chino

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent polyester

Jeans

Straight Athletic Fit

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • “Barbell advanced flexible denim”

Note: The inseam is 36 inches (for tall guys).

Legend London

  • legendlondon.co
  • Based in the United Kingdom
  • The clothing offered: jeans, pants, and shirts
  • The brand has size information on each product page.

Sizing

The sizing for Legend London shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and hips. The sizes range from S to XL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46-inch chest and 44-inch hips. For pants, the sizes are based on waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches)

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but there some UK-based YouTube Fitness channels that feature try-on videos with the brand (for example, Brandon Harding and Joe Delaney).

Dress Shirts

Smart Super Stretch Button Shirt in Muscle Fit

  • 51 U.S. Dollars
  • “High stretch dense mesh”

Casual Pants

Beige Spray-on Trousers

  • 71 U.S. Dollars
  • “Signature four-way stretch”

The model on the product page is muscular and lean. Tree-trunk thighs likely would not fit or look awkward.

Waist sizes range from 28 inches to 36 inches.

Model: Ryan Dengler (American football player and powerlifter).
Pants, Legend London.

Jeans

Tailored Athlete

Harry Simonis, CEO and Founder of Tailored Athlete

The CEO (and founder) of Tailored Athlete is Harry Simonis. Harry started the brand in 2016 (when he was 22 years old) to serve athletes wanting better fitting shirts without having to go to the tailor. He explained his idea in creating his brand’s “true muscle fit”.

Working out of his bedroom at his mother’s house in the United Kingdom, Simonis sourced hundreds of fabric samples, started sketching numerous new designs and began conducting market research on his own by measuring thousands of athletes at nearby gyms. “I got a lot of funny looks at first,” the entrepreneur laughs. “Some people agreed, some thought I was mad.”

However, it was through this arduous process that Simonis began to develop the “True Muscle Fit” – scientifically designed for their athletic physique.

Tailored Athlete article

Harry recorded a promotional video with Sergi Constance, an IFBB pro (mens physique) from Spain.

In addition, Harry recorded a video in 2020 to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the brand. He provided details from his life as well as his vision for the company.

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Athlete shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and waist. The sizes range from S to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 48 inch to 50-in chest and a 38-inch to 42-inch waist.

The dimensions favor a V-shaped torso. For more questions about fit, the reader can email a company representative. See also the brand’s size advisor (a button above the “add to cart” button).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress Shirt

The brand states that its shirts have a “true muscle fit,” which includes wider sleeves for bigger upper arms. Big arms of pro physique guys or open class bodybuilders may be too big for the sleeves, despite Tailored Athlete using stretchable performance fabrics for their clothes. I am thinking that fit, muscular guys (like the brand’s CEO, Harry) would be ideal for the dress shirts. (Examples are Kyle Hynick, Josh Riquelme, and Fraser Wilson.)

Essential Dress Shirt

  • 80 U.S. Dollars
  • 80 percent microfiber, 17 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Casual Shirt

Linen Shirt

  • 105 U.S. Dollars
  • 67 percent cotton, 30 percent linen, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirt

Essential Polo Shirt

  • 60 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

T-Shirt

Essential T-Shirt

  • 45 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Denim Jeans

The brand explains that their jeans fit true to waist size and there is no need to size up for big thighs. The jeans seem like they can accommodate moderate muscular thighs (like Dan Tai, former pro rugby player and current CrossFit athlete).

Tree-trunk thighs would seem to be too big to fit. (The models on the product page do not have tree-trunk thighs like Regan Grimes.)

Premium Stretch Jeans in Dark Blue

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Dress Pants

The dress pants appear to be able to accommodate bigger thighs. (It would be good for an interested reader to contact the brand to confirm.)

Essential Trousers in Charcoal

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent Polyester, 18 percent Viscose, 4 percent Elastane

Bradley Allen

  • Bradleyallen.com
  • Based in Denver, Colorado, United States.
  • The clothing offered: dress pants, dress shirts, hats, and polo shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).

Dr. Brad Poppie, Founder of Bradley Allen

The founder of Bradley Allen is Dr. Brad Poppie. Dr. Poppie explained in a blog post why he started his brand.

Dr. Brad Poppie, serial entrepreneur and bodybuilder himself, founded Bradley Allen Apparel when he personally struggled to find dress clothing to fit his body type. The current athletics retail industry provides limited dress apparel options for fitting the muscular physique. By focusing on fit, feel and a polished professional look, Bradley Allen Apparel has created the best athletic fit dress shirt and pants on the market.

Sizing

The sizing for Bradley Allen shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest, arms, and weight. The brand’s clothes are meant for guys with huge physiques. The sizes range from middleweight (S) to super heavyweight (XL). The middleweight dimensions are as follows:

  • Chest: 40 inches to 43 inches
  • Arms: 16 inches to 17 inches
  • Weight: 175 pounds or fewer

Compare that to the heavyweight:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 50 inches
  • Arms: 18 inches to 19 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260 pounds

The sizing for Bradley Allen pants is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, thigh, and calf circumference.

There are three sizes, S, M, and L. The dimensions for M:

  • Waist: 35 inches to 37 inches
  • Thigh: 24.5 inches to 27 inches
  • Calf: 16.5 inches to 17.75 inches

Dress Shirts

Physique Tailored Dress Shirt

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirts

Muscle Fit Polo Shirt

  • 64 U.S. Dollars
  • 30 percent Tencel, 50 percent recycled polyester, 20 percent cotton

Size L is for bodybuilders with the following measurements:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 55 inches
  • Arms: 20 inches to 24 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260+ pounds

Dress Pants

Physique Tailored Dress Pants

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 65 percent polyester, 35 percent cotton

Pants are unhemmed, but a customer can get the brand to hem them for an additional fee (note, no returns allowed of hemmed pants).

Fran Denim

  • frandenim.com
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).
  • The brand owner participates in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting, which involves many leg exercises. He could not find jeans to accommodate his big thighs and also fit his lean waist. This experience was the motivation for starting Fran Denim.

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but the owner seeks to make clothes that can accommodate muscular people with larger thighs. Tree-trunk thighs may be too large, but some muscular could find jeans with this brand.

Sizing

The sizing for Fran Denim jeans is based on the waist circumference (30 inches to 38 inches with 2 inseams-31 inches and 34 inches). The brand explains that you can focus on the waist size only without making an adjustment for your thighs.

Jeans

Daniel Straight Leg Rinse Wash

  • 103 U.S. Dollars
  • 92 percent cotton, 5 percent elasterell, 3 percent Spandex.

Kojo Fit

  • us.kojofit.com
  • Based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on each product page.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (You can also use the chat function at the bottom-right of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Kojo Fit shirts is based on several measures

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Chest circumference
  • Waist circumference
  • Neck circumference
  • Biceps circumference.

The sizes range from XS to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with the following measurements:

  • Height 5’11 1⁄4″ to 6’4 3⁄8″ (in feet and inches)
  • Weight 216 pounds to 238 pounds
  • Chest circumference 45 11⁄16 inches to 47 1⁄4 inches
  • Waist circumference 35 13⁄16 inches to 39 3⁄4 inches
  • Neck circumference 17 1⁄2 inches
  • Biceps circumference 19 5⁄16 inches

Dress Shirt

Bamboo Satin Stretch Shirt

  • 74 U.S. Dollars
  • Bamboo, polyester, and Elastane

T-shirt

Essential Bamboo T-shirt

  • 46 U.S. Dollars
  • “Organic bamboo Elastane jersey blend”

Jeans

Ultra Stretch Jeans-Tapered Slim Fit

  • 89 U.S. Dollars

The sizing for Kojo Fit jeans is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with the inseam ranging from 28 inches to 30 inches). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Chino

Ultra Stretch Chino Pants

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • Viscose, polyester, Elastane

The sizing for Kojo Fit pants is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with a 30-inch inseam). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Olympvs

  • olympvsjeans.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: cargo pants, chinos, dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, sweaters, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guide.

Sizing

The sizing for Olympvs shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest measurement. The sizes range from S to XXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46 inch to 48-in chest.

For Olympvs pants, the sizing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, hip, and thigh (leg-day lovers’ dream) measurements. For example—

Waist: 36 inches

Hip: 42 inches

Thigh: 26 inches to 30 inches

For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The brand makes muscle-fit shirts (basically accommodating a v-tapered physique (wide shoulders and narrower waist). Its shirts are designed to be worn without a undershirt.

High Performance Shirt

  • 79 U.S. Dollars
  • Gracell fiber fabric
  • 55 percent Gracell, 42 percent Terylene, 3 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Polo Shirt

Hyper Stretch Polo

  • 59 U.S. Dollars
  • 38 percent Rayon, 52 percent Nylon, 10 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

T-shirt

Short Sleeve Henley

  • 69 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Jeans

Note: The back pockets on most jeans have rivets. The lengths of the jeans are 30 inches, 32 inches, 34 inches, and 36 inches.

Sorbtek 365 Jeans

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 75 percent cotton, 24 percent Sorbtek 365 Fibre, 1% percent Lycra
  • Made in China

Chinos

The brand’s chinos have a reinforced crotch area (as well as extra room for the glutes and thighs) to prevent blowouts.

Hyper Stretch Chinos

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Tailored Titans

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Titan shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s height as well as chest, waist, and flexed-biceps measurements. The shirts have a small brand logo on the chest.

For more questions about fit, the reader can contact a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The Flex

  • 91 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Conclusion

Dedicated weight training produced your muscular build. You should be able to find clothing that suits a more muscular physique. While you can go to a tailor for made-to-measure or bespoke clothing, those options can be hard on the wallet.

Fortunately, there are some brands available that offer essential clothing for muscular guys at a reasonably affordable price. These essential pieces can be assembled in multiple outfits. Are you a weight training enthusiast that loves leg day or a competitive physique athlete? Perhaps, you are a friend or significant other of a muscular guy. What has been your experience finding non-gym-related clothes that fit well? What brands work well? Tell me in the comments or by email.

Mens Physique Board Shorts for the Stage

Mens Physique Board Shorts for the Stage

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Introduction

You have been a dedicated weight trainer, and you have developed a good nutrition plan that works with your body. You are seeing results and want to take things to the next level. You have also determined that you have what it takes to compete with the other athletes that will show up.

How will you choose the best board short that will present your best image to the contest judges? How to develop a smooth, confident posing style for the stage? This article will help you find the answers you need to ace your first contest.

Athlete: Andrei Gutiérrez. Board shorts by Ulises Moreno, Mexico.

Brands of Mens Physique Board Shorts

Preparing for a Mens Physique Contest

I found a YouTube video on advice for newbie mens physique competitors. A YouTuber, Brady Oakey, is a mens physique competitor and a coach. He provided five tips for new competitors.

  • Work on the correct muscle groups off season.
  • You are fatter than you think. Stage lean is ultra lean.
  • Take a longer approach to your prep (greater than 12 weeks).
  • Practice posing and stage presence (smile, make poses looks as easy as possible).
  • Get a coach.

Ismael Martinez, IFBB pro (mens physique) and online coach who lives in Mexico, offers five tips for those wanting to compete.

  • Take risks-sign up for a contest and experience it.
  • Train with people with the same goals.
  • Hire a contest prep coach.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Tolerate frustrations; work consistently toward your goal.
Tips start at 1 minute 46 seconds of the video.

Mens Physique Board Shorts Rules

IFBB

The IFBB created the Mens Physique Division on November 11, 2012.

Is there a Weight Limit for Mens Physique?

No. There are no weight categories in mens physique (unlike classic physique and bodybuilding).

For example, at the 2020 Mr. Olympia, there was a competitor, Kim Min Su (height-6 feet 2 inches (1.87 meters) and weight-249 pounds (113 kilograms)).

Mens Physique Pro Jeremy Potvin announces his decision to move to the Classic Physique Division. (Source: Mens Physique News.)

(There are numerous federations to consider. I have listed the rules for mens physique stage shorts for a few federations.)

FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of August 23, 2020)
IFBB1. Competitors will wear an opaque, loose-fitting board shorts which are clean and decent. The colour and fabric of the shorts will be left to the competitor’s discretion.   Shorts may have geometric patterns and motives, but no inscriptions and cambered ornamentation. The shorts will cover the whole upper leg, down the upper point of the knee (patella). The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited.  
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.  
3. Personal sponsors logos are not permitted on the shorts; however a manufacturer’s logo such is accepted.
NPCContestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.)
UKBFFThe attire for all rounds is board shorts, which must conform to the following criteria:
1. Material and colour can be of the athlete’s personal choice.
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.
3. Board shorts should not cover the knees.
4. Personal Sponsors logos are not permitted on the board shorts. However a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike, Adidas or Billabong are accepted.
CPAPosing Shorts: Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts .  Shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button.   No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.  
OCBBoard shorts (loose shorts that come down to around the knee) are worn for both parts.   Shorts can be of any color and pattern.

Based on the rules of the various federations noted above, the expectation for competition board shorts is essentially the same. The IFBB does not allow cambered ornamentation.

In practice, mens physique contest athletes wear the shorts at the hips rather than one inch below the belly button. In addition, some of the board shorts have some spandex material (Darc Sport, Bro Activewear, Mens Physique Board Shorts, and Alphalete).

Board shorts, Chula Wear
Board shorts, Chula Wear

Miami Pro Mens Physique Rules

For the Miami Pro competition, the mens physique category has

  • weight classes (under 75 kg, over 75 kg to 90 kg, and over 90 kg to 100 kg) and
  • more emphasis on seeing leg development with tighter legs on the stage shorts.
FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of May 9, 2021)
Miami ProSwimwear details: Men’s physique competitors should wear board shorts that are waist high and about an inch shorter than the knee. Tight fitting to allow some glutes and legs definition to show.

The posing routine for the Miami Pro is different from the other federations discussed in this post.

ROUND – Men’s physique athletes perform 1 MINUTE free posing in the middle of the stage showing off their front and back and side muscles. Then walk back to the stage to wait to be called out to do quarter turns. Men Physique are to wear board shorts (about an inch above the knees), and are judged based upon muscularity, body conditioning, symmetry, and stage presence. Individual I walk and then quarter turns (front and back turns) and quarter turns when judges do compassion for top 5 placing).

Miami Pro, mens physique

Why Board Shorts?

The Board Short, Made for Surfers

Board shorts was created for surfing, but the style and fabric of the shorts have evolved. For more about the board shorts, you can read a blog post on the Old Bull Shorts webpage.

The board short does not come with a liner and fits on the hips.

Board shorts come from big brands (Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong) that come from surfing. You need wide legs to make it easy to move on the surfboard. However, mens physique competitors are focused on physique display on a stationary stage. Some brands have made alterations to the board short focused on that competition goal (for example, coloring, tapered leg).

Mens Physique Board Shorts Style

According to a YouTuber, Hart’s Physique Channel, some of the mens physique board shorts are tapered to show the outline of well-trained thighs. This is a recent development as board shorts are made for surfing and thus have a wider leg opening.

Best Board Shorts for Mens Physique

Live Fit Brand

Live Fit brand is based in California, United States. The founder, CEO, and designer is Randall Pich. (He created a video on how to create a muscle tank from an old t-shirt.)

On December 25, 2020, the brand released a new mens physique contest stage short (signature pro series (maroon and teal), which feature a signature from IFBB Pro Anthony Woods). The price of the shorts is 60 U.S. Dollars.

Chula Wear

Chula Wear is a brand based in the United States. The sizing of the brand’s mens physique board shorts is 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, and 36.

Narcizo

Narcizo is a brand based in Hungary. The brand’s goal, as described on its website, is to create stage (board) shorts that suit the goals of physique competition. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The offers two styles—unicolor and patterned. The price of unicolor shorts is 69 euros. For the patterned shorts, the price is 89 euros.

Mens Physique Show Shorts

The Mens Physique Show Shorts brand is based in the United Kingdom.

According to its website, the focus of the brand’s board shorts is to have the right fit and colors (the brand used a horizontal stripe pattern) to make the result of the contestant’s hard work—his physique—stand out to the judges.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The price (on the day of the post) is 39.99 Great Britain pounds.

Fitness model Tom Seed wears Mens Physique Show Shorts (precontest posing, 2019)
Ismael Martinez Coleccion

Ismael Martinez is an IFBB pro (mens physique), father, and YouTuber who lives in Mexico. His brand, IM Coleccion, has a number of items for sale, including mens physique board shorts. His website is in Spanish and English.

The sizing of the shorts tends toward the smaller-sized waists and hips–small (chico)-27″-28″, medium (mediano)-29″-31″ and large (grande)-32″-33″.

BroActiveWear

BroActiveWear is a brand based in the United States. The brand states that it creates distinctive styles in its clothing. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is small (28-30), medium (30-32), and large (32-34). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 100 U.S. dollars.

Alphalete

Alphalete is a brand owned by Christian Guzman, and the brand is based in the United States. The brand started its board shorts offering (Titan) on September 12, 2020.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts has the widest range of waist sizes (28-40). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 55 U.S. dollars.

Growing Importance of Leg Day for Mens Physique

I mentioned that there is interest in having the mens physique board shorts be more tapered to show some evidence of thigh development (with the muscle filling the leg of the board shorts).

For example, Kim Angel, a mens physique pro competitor from Spain has notable thigh development. He is a skilled weight trainer, who is able to keep up in an intense leg training session with Canadian pro bodybuilder Regan Grimes.

Fernando Valdez, IFBB pro (mens physique) from Mexico, works with his coach to improve his leg development.

See a blog post on five-inch inseam shorts, perfect for leg day.
Kim Angel and Regan Grimes torch legs.
IFBB Pro (Mens Physique) Matt Greggo has focused on his leg development.

Perspective of a Mens Physique Competitor

Dylan Felgueiras

A mens physique competitor from Canada, Dylan Felgueiras, provided his observations to help new contest participants.

Although some of the advice was meant for guys with some contest experience, Dylan provides a perspective that is helpful for newbies.

Posing Routines Compared: Mens Physique versus Bodybuilding

The purpose of the Mens Physique Division was to showcase less muscular yet aesthetic physiques. What that has meant is the development of the upper-body muscles, especially abs, and a v-taper–slim waist and wide shoulders. As a result, the low waist of the board shorts helps to display the athlete’s contest conditioning of the abdomen. A muscle group on the sides of the torso, the external obliques, also becomes prominent with training and at lower body-fat levels (the so-called v-line) and emphasizes a v-tapered look.

Rich Gaspari, a retired professional bodybuilder and owner of Gaspari Nutrition, commented on men’s open bodybuilding and mens physique. Gaspari admired mens physique competitors because the posing in mens physique requires a powerful physique. (A competitor cannot use angles to de-emphasize weak areas on the physique.) However, he feels that more-bodybuilding style posing would allow more “drama and excitement” in the competition.

If mens physique were to add more-bodybuilding-style posing, then it would be another move toward bodybuilding. The muscularity of mens physique competitors beyond the local level is moving toward Classic Physique (without the weight and posing trunk requirements).

Posing in Mens Physique Compared with Bodybuilding

In bodybuilding, several poses display the muscularity of various muscle groups. For example, the double-biceps pose.

Mens Physique Posing

Bodybuilder and Contest Preparation Coach Damien Patrick provides tips on mens physique posing for beginners.

In mens physique, the total physique is assessed. The IFBB rules that the judges will ask the competitors to make four quarter turns (IFBB rules (2019), mens physique, article 5, paragraph 4).

Author’s note: See related information in a blog post about a Canadian mens physique competitor, Kyle Hynick, which discusses in part the distinction between mens physique and bodybuilding.


Muscle Size and Mens Physique

In 2021, Ryan Terry, married and a father, assesses his experience at the 2020 Olympia (eighth place).

Ryan acknowledged the role that muscle size is playing within mens physique. (Read the comments on the video.)

Mens physique pro Andrei Dieu took fifth place at the 2020 Mr. Olympia.

Mens Physique Pro Ismael Martinez displays notable muscle density during his shoulder workout in May 2021.

Mens Physique Pro Mauro Fialho and Classic Physique Pro Jorge Tabet discuss the difference between mens physique and classic physique (in Spanish).

IFBB pro (mens physique) Jorge Tabet critiques posing of new IFBB pro (mens physique) Kim Angel (en Español). Note the muscle size.
Jorge Tabet coaches IFBB PRO (mens physique) Mauro Fialho on posing before Mauro’s pro debut (en Español).
Ryan Terry coaches Elton Pinto Mota in mens physique stage posing.

(Both Ryan and Elton are now professionals in mens physique.)

2020 Mr. Olympia Men’s Physique Top Five

  • Winner — Brandon Hendrickson, $35,000
  • Second Place — Raymont Edmonds, $12,000
  • Third Place — Kyron Holden, $8,000
  • Fourth Place — Jeremy Potvin, $4,000
  • Fifth Place — Andrei Lincan, $2,000

Source: BarBend.

Ryan Terry at the Mr. Olympia, 2016.

Conclusion

There are many steps in the journey toward your first competition. Participation is the best teacher. You will learn how you handle pressure while maintaining focus to achieve the goals that you want. I hope that this article just a couple of topics—board shorts and posing—helps you with your contest preparation path.

Any successes and teachable moments that you learned during contest preparation, contest, and post-contest, please share them by email or in the comments section.

Male Fitness Model and Trainer: Kyle Hynick

Male Fitness Model and Trainer: Kyle Hynick

Table of Contents

Introduction

I first saw Kyle Hynick, a mens physique competitor and fitness model from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, when he did a photoshoot for Box Menswear in New York. (Note: Fellow model Josh Riquelme was at the same photoshoot.)

According to his portfolio page at his modeling agency, City Models, Kyle is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall with a 31 inch (78.7 cm) waist. Kyle is a Leo (birthday August 16). Kyle also has a page at Model Mayhem.

Along with fitness influencer physique and workout photos, Kyle also has an Instagram page where he models street wear, including the grunge style.

The grunge style includes flannel overshirts (including some with customized embroidery), graphic tees, and distressed jeans or cargo pants. It is a rugged, relaxed look, which looks great on him.

Follow Kyle on his social media channels:

Instagram | YouTube | Instagram (outfits)

Check out Kyle’s fitness-program website: kylehynickfitness.com.

Photo shoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins (2021).
Photo shoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins (2021).

Jade Young in Manhattan, New York City

When Kyle posted these photos on Instagram, I thought they were a photomontage. (No one in the crowds of people is looking at him.) Nevertheless, the 2019 photos are really in Times Square, New York City. Someone who saw him there wrote a comment. The photographer is Jade Young.

Check out a related blog post on Times Square, Calvin Klein billboard ads and today’s fitness influencers.

Author’s note: Some of Kyle’s photos with Jade were featured in DNA Magazine.

Photos

Workout Transformation; A One-Time YouTuber

In doing a search on YouTube, I found that Kyle had been a fitness YouTuber starting about 8 years ago. At the time, Kyle was focused more on bodybuilding. A transformation video received 2.3 million views in 2013, according to an interview of Kyle in a Canadian newspaper.

Kyle (Jan. 2021). Cargo pants, Represent

Mens Physique, Classic Physique, and Bodybuilding

Mens Physique

In mens physique, the contestants wear board shorts and do semi-flexed body poses. The emphasis is on overall physique not muscularity. The categories are determined by height only; there are no weight classes.

According to the Canadian Physique Alliance, contestants are rated on the following criteria:

  • Muscularity and body condition
  • On-stage presence and personality
  • Posing shorts (board shorts)

Classic Physique

In classic physique, the classes are based on height and weight.

There are five mandatory poses:

  • Front double biceps
  • Side chest
  • Back double biceps
  • Abdominal with one thigh
  • Favorite classic pose (not the most muscular)

Source: Canadian Physique Alliance.

Mauro Fialho and Jorge Tabet compare mens physique and classic physique.

Bodybuilding

In bodybuilding is based on muscularity. There are specific flexing poses, and the classes are based on weight. Competitors wear posing briefs.

  • Bantamweight — up to and including 65 kg / 143 lb.
  • Lightweight — up to and including 70 kg / 154 lb.
  • Middleweight — up to and including 80 kg / 176 lb.
  • Light-heavyweight — up to and including 90 kg / 198 lb.
  • Heavyweight — up to and including 100 kg / 220 lb.
  • Super heavyweight – over 100 kg / 220 lb.

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Bodybuilding poses are the following:

  • Front double biceps
  • Front lat spread
  • Side chest
  • Side tricep
  • Back double biceps
  • Back lat spread
  • Front ab / thigh
  • Most muscular

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Kyle Wins Mens Physique Show in 2019

While at the Texas Box Menswear photoshoot, Kyle was in pre-contest condition. In October 2019, after the Texas photoshoot, Kyle competed in and won the novice mens physique division at the 2019 St. John Fall Classic in Canada.

Photographer: Paul Girvan. Board shorts, Chula Wear.

Kyle had some photos from the contest period.


Kyle’s Photo Shoots

Box Menswear

New York

In early 2019, Kyle was in New York for a photo shoot for Box Menswear, with Photographer Jade Young. Also, at that photo shoot was New York-based model Josh Riquelme. In July 2020, DNA Magazine featured some of the images from Kyle’s photo shoot with Jade.

In November 2020, Kyle was featured in an advertorial in Attitude Magazine for Box.

Texas

Later in 2019, Kyle was in Texas for the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot. (Josh Riquelme was also at this photoshoot.)

Phantasma Photography

Kyle also had a photo shoot with Canadian photography studio, Phantasma Photography. Some photos from one photo shoot were featured in DNA Magazine.

Michael A. Downs

Puerto Rico

In July 2020, Kyle traveled to Puerto Rico for a photo shoot with Photographer Michael A. Downs.

Miami

In early 2020, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Kyle went to Miami, Florida for a photoshoot with Michael.

Kyle got some great images while he was in Florida.

Luis Rafael

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Luis Rafael. Again, Kyle created amazing images with his photographer.

Mark Jenkins

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins.

Steven Schmidt

While in Florida, Kyle did a photo shoot with Photographer Steven Schmidt. Photographer Schmidt mentioned that Seth Holbrook connected him with Kyle. I have noticed how the models from the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas have supported each other.

Stevan Reyes

In addition, Kyle worked with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida.

Conclusion

Kyle has been involved in fitness and modeling for many years. He had a great physique foundation to build upon to achieve his current physique.

I look forward to continuing to seeing more of Kyle’s work.