Jan 8, 2014
Anthony B. Young

# Golden Ratio Explained

Have You Heard of the Golden Ratio?

Many people have heard of the number “Pi”, which essentially equates to 3.14.

There is another important ratio that can tell you what the perfectly proportioned body looks like. It is the so called Golden Ratio or “Phi,” also referred to as Golden Section or Golden Mean. Isn’t as well known in the public sense, but it is more common than you might think.

It has been used for centuries in basically every aspect of society, from architecture to business logo design. It is a concept that even relates to human anatomy! It has been called one of the two jewels of geometry. When it comes to building the perfect body, the Golden Ratio is a concept that you must keep in consideration as well.

Walt Disney made a pretty good job explaining the Golden Ratio to children in a the movie “Donald in Mathmagic Land” back in the 1950s:

In mathematical terms, two quantities are in the golden ratio if the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one.
Its value is 1.618… (an infinite number).

## Golden Ratio in Architecure

The Parthenon – Photo and the Phi grid proportions are provided by PhiMatrix Golden Ratio Software

The proportions of the Golden Ratio can be discovered on famous buildings like the Parthenon in Greece or the Notre Dame in Paris.

## The Golden Ratio In Nature

Have ever pondered why so many creatures look just so naturally beautiful and perfect?
Flowers, shells, insects and butterflies in all kinds of shapes and colors… they all have something in common.

Photo and the Phi grid proportions are provided by PhiMatrix Golden Ratio Software

The Golden Ratio can be extensively seen throughout nature. The body sections of ants relate to the Golden Ratio. So does the wing placement on many insects. The spotted patterns of butterflies even relate to it. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Golden Ratio is directly related to the human form, including being present in our DNA. It is, in fact, how many people end up judging physical beauty.

## Golden Ratio in Art

The Last Supper – Photo and the Phi grid proportions are provided by PhiMatrix Golden Ratio Software

Renaissance artists, like Leonardo da Vinci appliedthe divine proportions in their ever famous paintings like the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper.

## Beauty Really Is in the Eye of the Beholder

How closely a person’s facial features and body structure relate to the measurements of the Golden Ratio relate to how attractive they are to others. When working to achieve the perfect body, one can’t help to take this concept into consideration. How does it relate to body building?

Have you ever noticed that some people who have over-built muscle structure actually seem less attractive?

Have you ever noticed that people who tend to focus on one aspect of their body, for instance, their abdominals, also seem less attractive?

Why is this? Because people who over-work themselves completely or only work on improving one primary aspect of their body are actually putting their bodies out of the Golden Ratio. The further away they are from Phi, the less attractive they are, in general, to others.

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