What Were Steve Reeves’ Measurements?

Steve Reeves was one of the most popular bodybuilders in the world. He had a classic physique and a great movie career. Many people consider him the king of aesthetics and aspire to have his physical development.

Due to the large interest in Steve Reeve’s body people are interested in knowing his measurements. According to the information in the public domain the measurements of Reeves were:

via: http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/


Chest 52″

Thighs 26″

Arms 18.5″

Neck 18.5″

Calves 18.5″

Waist 29″

Height 6′ 1″

Weight 215


Are those measurements true?

Bodybuilders and their promoters like to speculate. Unless you personally know the bodybuilder in question, never trust the information in magazines. The measurements as well as the strength numbers are often fake and fabricated by the ghost writers.

The two most suspect measurements are Steve Reeves’ arms and chest. He had great pectoral development and a very small waist but a 52′ inch chest seems a bit far fetched.

Mostly likely the measurements were taken after a pumping workout in order to have higher results.

Was Steve Reeves a natural bodybuilder?

It seems that Steve Reeves experimented with early forms of testosterone based anabolic steroids. More on the issue can be found in this article dedicated specifically to Steve Reeves’ drug usage.

Why would Steve Reeves lie about his measurements?

Mainly for fame and marketing. Arnold Schwarzenegger used to lie that his arm were 22 inches when in fact they were only 19 and a half with a pump. Bigger numbers attract the crowd and please the ego. That’s why promoters such as Joe Weider used to play with numbers to deceive the unaware crowd. By hiding occult knowledge the supplement companies and the magazines were able to get richer and richer.

Can I have the same measurement naturally? 

It’s possible to reach some of those measurements naturally but it’s highly unlikely you will be able to match them all – especially with a small waist.

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