Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Evolution of the Big Booty


A set of well-proportioned buttocks may be one of the greatest physical results of lifting big, it is certainly something I never get tired of applauding.  But what exactly is it about seeing a superior posterior that leaves us so intoxicated? We can delve into this question by taking a look back at our evolutionary history.

The Steatopygian Booty

This type of booty should be recognizable to most individuals, it has been the inspiration for many different versions of paleolithic figurines. Steatopgyia is the term used to describe a high amount of fat that has accumulated around the region of the buttocks. It also extends to the outside and front of the thighs, give the body that signature shape.

Contrary to popular belief, this body type did not die out, and is still alive and well in parts of Africa. Below is a photo of a Khoisan woman from the early 1900's with steatopygia:

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While this body type may look strange to our industrialized eyes, the enlarged buttocks clearly serve a purpose when a child is superimposed onto the photo. For hunter-gatherer societies, gathering food was a crucial task for survival. It would be quite difficult to gather food if you had to hold on to a toddler with one arm. Her body had to adapt to hold the baby on its own, a pretty brilliant design if you ask me. The reserve fat stored in the buttocks may also have come in handy in times of food shortages. While these types of buttocks go away as societies have switched to agricultural instead of hunter-gatherer, there are still places in Africa with examples such as these.

Does She Even Lift?
Females generally have more round and voluptuous buttocks due to higher estrogen that encourages the body to store fat in the buttocks, hips and thighs. The body types pictures above are considered desirable by members of their tribe due to the size of the buttocks. Large booties are desirable in many modern cultures around the world, and have been for countless centuries. Some experts would say it is even hardwired into our brain.

My good friend Steven Platek (AKA The Professor) has published research that discusses how the sight of a woman with optimal an waist-to-hip-ratio (WHR) activates the neural reward center in men's brains.  The optimal WHR resembled the shape of an hourglass, which has been linked to an evolutionary markers that suggest fertility and high quality reproductive partners, much like facial symmetry and shoulder-to-hip ratio is the signal of a fertile male (The Professor is doing amazing things, check out his website here).

Optimal WHR have also been suggested as a visual indicator of adequate amount of fat stores necessary for pregnancy and lactation. In the LBEB world, it is an evolutionary marker of someone squatting their fair share, but MOAR is better.


The next time you find yourself admiring a glorious pair of buttocks that look like they have been carved from marble, you can thank your ancestors. They are the ones who hardwired these feelings into our brains, and it would be wrong to let them down suppressing the admiration. All members of Team Lift Big Eat Big strive to possess the most impressive WHR the world has ever seen.

Don't you want to be a member of the team?

15 comments:

  1. The photo of the Mom with a child standing on her rear end is the story of my life.

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  2. This is what I've been trying to stress to my girlfriend, who is in possession of a VERY desirable WHR, and why I like it so much. It really is hardwired into our minds to seek such asses.


    By the way, FUCK Joe Tex and his lack of affinity for the good legs.

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  3. i know you can't see or hear it.. but i'm standing and clapping my hands in approval like we just finished listening to a speech from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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  4. "All members of Team Lift Big Eat Big strive to possess the most impressive WHR the world has ever seen."

    Surely this contradicts the high-sugar, high-fat, low cardio approach encouraged by this website? Methinks an impressive WHR is more inline with traditional bodybuilding than 5x5 lifts and a high-calorie diet.

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    1. LIFT BIG EAT BIGJuly 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Guess what Mr. anonymous bodybuilder, Two of the asses in this article belong to lifters who don't do any cardio, and who eat a lot of calories. Fat is good for you, plain and simple.

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  5. Yes, we all know that fatty acids are essential for the body, and all of the asses in this article are truly fantastic!
    But I'm asking a genuine question here-are you proposing that Lift Big Eat Big programming and diet provide a greater Waist to Hip Ratio that a low fat, high protein, 'Weider Principle/musclemag' bodybuilding routine?

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    1. LIFT BIG EAT BIGJuly 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      Absolutely. All of my lifters and sponsored athletes implement a high fat, high protein diet.

      A bodybuilder does typically not have an optimal WHR, because bodybuilders physiques appear to be in a state of near starvation(little to no bodyfat), whereas an optimal WHR possesses necessary bodyfat and signifies to a male that a women has enough bodyfat to allow for pregnancy, and therefore is more fertile.

      Plus, the booty of someone who squats heavy 5x5 looks better than a bodybuilders. Look at this for reference: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461177833909462.119991.319524338074813&type=1

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  6. I've been waiting for my weightlifter booty to pop up for years now! 265lb squat, BW+20lb snatch .. STILL.. white girl booty! All my giggle stays up top. What Gives?!!? So jealous of all the gigantic booty girls out there.

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  7. Don't worry Allison. You still have plenty of admirers.

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  8. LBEB,

    I was discussing the virtues of compound lifts and strength training with a personal trainer (NSCA) the other day. I got him to admit that he has only been exposed to the "body part split" teachings, and he agreed to read literature on the other side. What do you recommend? I was thinking Rippetoe.

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    1. No, I am not a Rippetoe fan. I would definitely recommend this book instead from Greg Everett:

      http://www.amazon.com/Olympic-Weightlifting-Guide-Learning-Teaching/dp/B005CCMNC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344276433&sr=8-1&keywords=catalyst+athletics&tag=yjtv-20

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  9. If cannot afford a coach, do you think it's a good idea to try learning O lifts on my own? Or should I stick with the 5x5 training?

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    1. I'm unemployed and broke as a joke. However, if you find yourself a competent and well respected Crossfit type Oly lifter who also happens to be a "coach" you may be in luck.
      I traded my time and energy for a coach a couple of times. This meant that I was doing yard work, light construction, and cleaning gutters for a couple of days. Heck I got a free training time doing the work, then I got coached on my Oly lifts in exchange.
      You just have to look for the right person.
      Also, I tired teaching myself the Oly lifts. But having a coach helps in so many ways. Trying to learn proper form and timing w/o a coach can be troublesome and lead to injury.

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  10. May I ask why you're not a Rippetoe fan?

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  11. I do want to be a member of the team, I'm shy because I have a small butt, I want to have curves, where can I find a coach? Please help

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