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Bodybuilders Get Their Own BMI


After years of being told they were “obese” even as their impossibly lean bodies displayed veins and muscles in unusual places, bodybuilders now have their own version of the Body Mass Index (BMI).

In time for their New Year resolutions, a tradition among bodybuilders as much as conventional dieters, bodybuilders can now have themselves assessed on a scale from 0 to 100% “Biggly”.

To reach a score of 100% Biggly requires you to be lean, shapely and muscular, rather than simply “Average”. The problem with the conventional BMI measurement is that heavily muscled men and women tend to measure over the maximum “Average” level of 25 on the Body Mass Index.

The Biggly Body Index, or BBI, goes much further than the BMI. Where the BMI just looks at your height and weight the Biggly system takes into account your shape, hip to waist ratio, and body fat percentage along with other factors. This is all calculated with a complex formula that results in a score based on a percentage of the perfect male or female physique, using a free online calculator at

Perfect Physique

So what is the perfect physique? “We looked at various studies over the last 2 decades to see if we could determine the ideal body as desired by the opposite sex. What we discovered is that women favor the typical Calvin Klein model, whereas men go crazy for the body shape of someone like Jennifer Aniston. Extremely muscular bodies such as that of Arnold schwarzenegger in his prime were seen as amazing and impressive but not especially attractive.” Alan Carr, designer of the BBI said.

The BBI calculator can be found here:

“We’re launching a new community site in the New Year, which will track visitor’s BBI score over time on a graph. We’re expecting that to be very popular too.” he added.

Neither scale is intended to offer any diagnosis, only a classification and neither index assess things such as cardiovascular health.

For additional information on the BBI, contact Alan Carr or visit

ABOUT Biggly – provides diet software which also tracks workouts and the user’s physique, along with an illustrated e book The Biggly Body Plan.

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