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If you like ‘em big and muscly, BigMuscle.com (the name’s a bit of a giveaway) is the gay dating site for you. Nobody’s going to kick sand in these guys’ faces. Then again, it’s unlikely that many will venture as far as the beach because most must live in the gym, judging by their physiques. It’s a hobby-type site (as opposed to a more commercial venture) that was set up by the guys who bring you BigMuscleBears.com (also reviewed in this section). As such it has quite a friendly feel with extras such as newsletters and travel sections to help build a sense of community.
There are several kinds of membership which you can sign up to. Each has its own benefits, and there’s no definitive pricing system. Instead you are asked for a donation. You can sign up to BigMuscle.com and get a basic level of membership for free. You can choose whether to register with an admirer account or a profile account. The admirer account is for those who just want to browse the site and get in touch with the brawny guys pictured posing in their speedos. That is, if you’re a puny drink of water then this is where to register and if you’re lucky a man mountain might just get in touch with the intention of eating you as a light snack. Conversely, you can register for a profile account and add your own details and photos. Just make sure that you can compete. Whichever you opt for, all you’ll need is a valid email address and a few minutes to complete the registration form.
The profiles themselves are a little bland and samey, so it’s hard to stand out from the crowd of throbbing pectorals. You’re most likely to catch the attention of members through having a decent profile picture, but you can still include information such as your age, height, various muscle measurements and a brief note from you to the viewer. Another interesting feature is the ability to see how many views your profile has received (since its existence and on the day you’re looking at it). You can also do this with other profiles, which is a good way to gauge how much attention another member is receiving.
The site boasts that it has tens of thousands of profiles; however, you can probably assume that many of these will be inactive even though the site says they are “active profiles”. It’s therefore important that you take care when browsing and searching. The problem with the free sites is that you’ll often get time-wasters because there’s no cost involved and so there’s nothing to lose by simply creating an account and never using it. If you’re serious about hooking up then you might want to upgrade your membership by becoming a supporter of the site. At least this will convey your intentions. With the free membership you’re also restricted to how many messages you can send, so for a few dollars you can enjoy unrestricted communication with other members, plus additional features; if you have an admirer account you get to create a favourites list, review the profiles you’ve browsed over the last month and add your own notes to profiles. Meanwhile, if you have a profile, by upgrading you’re able to communicate freely with other members by email, add more pictures to your profile and access the travel feature. This allows you to hook up with guys when travelling.
Even if you are unconvinced that all of the members use their accounts, you can see which members are online at any time, and if you find people who you seem to get on with then you could always create a favourites list so that you can find them easily next time. These features are useful because they mean that the more time you spend searching for members and adding them to your list, the less time you’ll waste in the future.
The profiles themselves are fairly detailed and you get a good sense of what a member looks like as the photos are large. If you have an upgraded membership your profile picture expands when you hover the mouse over it, which gives greater attention to these profiles when browsing. You’ll also find intro videos on some profiles. The chances of finding a date are good as long as you take the time to network and get in touch with as many members as possible. The same goes for all dating sites, however, with the free ones there is more of a need to put yourself forward rather than sit back and wait for the site to match you with others. There are a couple of search options you can use to look for other members. The quick search option is available to all members; however, there are restrictions for free members when using the advanced search.
There are a couple of other features to mention. You can advertise and browse upcoming events and check out articles on gay lifestyle and health issues. A rather muscular guy called Robbie also writes a dating and relationship advice column that you can read. If you have any problems or questions about anything on the site there’s a support desk email address that you can contact. Replies are usually prompt.
Give this site a go if you’re looking for a big hunky guy to take care of you. As specialist muscle gay dating sites go this is one of the best. With a great range of free features and the option to upgrade for a reasonable fee, you’ll find navigating the site easy and in next to no time you’ll be communicating with other members, even if you don’t have a profile yourself.
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