Just because it's a little slow in here right now...
What muscle group do you think makes the biggest visual impact (clothed or unclothed)?
I'm going with shoulders. You just can't hide a big set of shoulders. It can make the whole body look broader and really sends a message of power. Men used to wear suits with shoulder pads to get that look. Without a doubt, shoulders.
How about a thick back? A lot of casual lifters seem to completely ignore their backs, so a really thick back stands out when you see it.
This isn't really related to weight lifting or anything but by far, I always seem to be noticing guys' forearms ~ not that they're a big muscle group or anything, it's just that it's easy to compare them when you're shaking hands, etc. Charlie Strong (Louisville Head Football Coach) ~ always comes to mind when I think about big forearms.
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Hmm.. Shoulders probably for clothed. That and traps/chest. I think a big chest is very noticeable in a t-shirt and has a great visual impact.
In a swimsuit, I'd probably go with calves.
A big thick v shaped back i always thought stands out realy well, that and a monster pair of traps and people are going to notice you.
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Probably a good size neck.
Shoulders and back for sure
I think the back ranks right up there with shoulders, I was torn between the two.
Odd observation I've had...I've been watching fake wrestling since I was a small lad and Pat Patterson was all the rage, that makes me old. But it's interesting to see the builds of the wrestlers. For instance, last night I watched The Mis wrestle John Cena. From the front, they both have impressive builds; the shoulders, chest, and arms are all very well developed. But, John Cena is a much more impressive looking guy. Why? His back!!! From the rear, The Mis looks kind of normal, while Cena has a massive back. And that makes him appear to be the much larger guy. Okay, I'm done.
It depends on the clothing but I would say either shoulders or arms are probably the most noticeable bodyparts. In a t-shirt large/vascular arms (biceps/triceps/forearms) seem to jump out, but in other clothing such as thermals or even shirtless then shoulders can have the most impact.
Unfortunately it seems that big legs only make it hard to find pants that fit...
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I'd have to go with forearms or shoulders. I'd be more inclined to go with shoulders because since I've started working out my shoulders have made a huge improvement, and I've had a few people that know I work out say "You're still working out right? Your shoulders/arms are getting big" Of course I can't see the difference but if other people do then those areas must be a pretty big visual impact.
Definitely shoulders. One of my wife's friends complimented how I looked the other day and the part she specifically singled out was my shoulders
Personally though I enjoy the transformation of my thighs. Seeing them change from ill-defined thighs to defined muscle groups is rewarding for me, although they don't get much exposure in the work/social environment.
Yoke, hands down. Doesn't matter what you're wearing.
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I'm with song on this one, shirtless it's definitely a stomach.
I know just a few handfuls of women that really appreciate what it takes to get big and strong, but every girl I know loves a good six pac. Not saying that's necessarily the way it should be, but that's the way it is in my experience.
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While I still think that a strong back and broad shoulders have the biggest impact on the casual observer, I tend to look eslewhere. There are certain muscle groups that just scream raw power, and when you see them you know you are looking at somebody that handles big weights. Those are the forearms and calves. Think Bill Kazmier...
Gonna say that to turn Joe Bloggs head it has to be Shoulders, with them seems to make all of you look bigger.
However as someone who works out i would have to say it would be thighs that make me realise someone is massive. A lot of people have a big upper body but unless they be squattin....
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I would say arms, including shoulders (sleeveless t-shirt weather). Forearms specifically with sleeved t-shirt or polo. Neck when wearing a suit. My favorite is a broad back though. I worked in a factory for a while, and through hours of repetitive reaching motions I built a thick back that won't go away. I love it.
As the center of your body a well developed six pack draws draws most everyone's eyes. And it's the one thing that doesn't look out of place on BOTH on a man and a woman's body even to Joe Public.
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Clothed - shoulders and back (People see you walk and either are in awe or are afraid)
Un-clothed - chest and abs (The ladies want to lick you, and the guys want to be you.)
unless you have shoulders and you are lean.. then you get the best of both worlds