He came up with it after years of studying steroid users in Boston-area gyms and comparing them not just to non-steroid users in the same gyms, but also to bodybuilders from different eras. For a 1995 study, Pope and his coauthors estimated the FFMIs of Mr. America winners from 1939 to 1959, before steroids were readily available. The group includes future B-movie star Steve Reeves, whose physique was so iconic that he was name-checked in The Rocky Horror Picture Show . The average FFMI was . (One of the highest was George Eiferman, Mr. America 1948, with a FFMI. His upper body was later the model for George of the Jungle, a 1960s cartoon character.) Even today, with all we’ve learned about training and nutrition, an FFMI in the mid 20s is still considered the ceiling for natural bodybuilders. Anything above 26 or 27 is suspect.
It’s obvious you’ve never seen a woman actually talking to a huge muscular guy. Women like it. It’s like the old . myth that women don’t like guys in shape or guys that have huge cocks. They think the same as guys. Sure we’d all love to sleep with the girls from Maxxim magazine but does that mean you would say no to a girl who might be a 6 or a 7 on the hotness factor? No. I love girls with big tits but does that mean I won’t talk to a girl with small tits? Not a chance. Case in point, women like guys who are in great shape, they like guys who are well-endowed and a great lay in the sack and given the choice of a smart, funny guy in great shape or a smart, funny guy in terrible shape, they will go for in-shape guy every time.