- 03-28-2010, 09:58 AM
- 03-28-2010, 10:04 PM
03-28-2010, 10:10 PM
OP, you'll add the most size to your arms with heavy presses and pulls, supplemented with good form isolation movements.
Narrow-grip bench, Push-press, weighted dips, weighted chins, supinated rows, cleans, preacher curls, incline db curls, hammer curls, db exts in various angles, kneeling rope exts, lock-outs.
03-29-2010, 12:01 AM
03-29-2010, 02:01 AM
03-29-2010, 05:12 AM
03-29-2010, 11:03 AM
The majority of the muscle I have gained has been through utilizing sets of 1-6. Higher rep sets are included occasionally, but are hardly the mainstay.
03-29-2010, 05:10 PM
03-29-2010, 05:16 PM
Whenever I want to add size to my arms I use the old Vince Gironda routine. This routine only works for natual builders for some reason. Try working your arms first at every workout for six weeks, no longer. Work them out at least three times/week, no more. Stay in the 6-7 set, 8-12 rep range and employee the muscle confusion principle. This works for me everytime.
03-29-2010, 05:47 PM
03-29-2010, 06:55 PM
It's all relative to the person. That's why you have to tinker with all of this before you can find what works best for you. Some people are just more inclined for building muscle and strength, so they could employ a broader range of training techniques that would probably all work for them. This is why you may see a kid with a natural jock-type build in your gym training like he hasn't got a much of a clue what he's doing yet still making some progress. Some people, like myself, require a more methodical approach. I'm just saying that what works well for one may not work as well for another. This is why trail and error are so important when it comes to bodybuilding.
By all means, experiment. If someone gives you advice that sounds good, try it out if you want. If you get something positive out of it, fantastic, you know you've found something that works for you. If you don't get anything out if it, that type of training just doesn't suit you.
I will share that in my experiences, I've found that I get the most out of my arms when I'm doing more work for my larger muscle groups and less direct arm work. For example, I may do some heavy back work and then finish with a couple sets for biceps just so I can work them through a full range of motion. I could easily tack on 30 minutes of biceps work after a back routine and have fun doing it, but I would get less out of it. Make sense?
03-30-2010, 01:17 PM
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03-31-2010, 11:03 PM
04-01-2010, 02:17 AM
04-01-2010, 09:58 PM
04-01-2010, 11:31 PM
bro if you are not cycleling good luck trieing to put an inch on your arm.
you realy wana add an inch then you know what to do.
04-01-2010, 11:47 PM
04-02-2010, 05:43 AM
04-02-2010, 07:07 AM
I think that article might have been in a copy of 'flex' back before christmas and yes they definitely did that routine! If it works then maybe its worth ago - or a good way of risking some bicep tendonitis?
04-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Later in the article it is stated that the routine is repeated to maintain arm size.
Did we read the same article?
04-02-2010, 06:31 PM
1.Thus, swelling seems to be the culprit, but the story doesn't end there. The permanent effect--the reason we seem to have been able to hold part of our gains (one-quarter-to a half an inch) for several months at the time of this writing--is from our continued training. Since returning to our normal training programs, we've maintained the size, meaning we've maintained the overall volume of the tissue simply because we began another breakdown process before the muscle fibers completely returned to normal. In the long run, this may pose a problem, as effects of the swelling-repairing process can overcome your gains if you don't strike the proper balance of training and recuperation. That's a matter of ongoing scientific discovery.
2. Other scientific studies regarding this kind of workout simply don't exist. In the scientific community, the only people crazy enough to try this were in the lab with me that day. Yet some explanations could theoretically be responsible for the gains.
Let's first look at mechanisms for muscle hypertrophy. We know that muscle size increases by increasing the thickness of the myofilaments, or protein strands, within the contractile portion of the muscle. We also know that the number of myofibrils, the contractile structure made up of myofilaments, increase with training. Some research has shown that it may also be possible for muscle fibers themselves to split, known as hyperplasia, after which the new fibers increase in size, although this hasn't been well documented in human beings. Lastly, the entire cellular structure--all the proteins, cell walls and other material that supports and anchors the contractile machine itself--increases in overall size and thickness via training.
The last one is less likely but viable, the first is more interesting. Even to keep a 1/4 inch from one workout for a trained bb'r is pretty amazing. Of course routine would be needed to maintain arm size and overall size..it goes for strength too lol. If you stop working out you would lose that muscle mass. Pretty simple concept.
It seems like an interesting experiment to do as well. I know bodybuilders of old did something similar with squats. There is more at play then water retention or a massive blood pump.
04-02-2010, 08:26 PM
Some research has shown that it may also be possible for muscle fibers themselves to split, known as hyperplasia, after which the new fibers increase in size, although this hasn't been well documented in human beings.
I want to believe that a full days workout can make huge arms that last and create new muscle fibers on top of the already pre-determined amount each of us have(genetics). I would be first on the bandwagon if this were true. Hyperplasia occurs in organs,like testicles and titties and prostates, I wish it were proven that it does occur in muscle, but it isn't.
Therefore until someone real shows me that this crazy workout is for real- I'll grow the way I have been, with a proper routine, diet and rest.
04-02-2010, 08:34 PM
04-02-2010, 08:51 PM
04-02-2010, 09:39 PM
For the biceps, I like to throw in dumbbell incline curls to try to improve the width specifically -- I can never remember the sweet technical names for the exercises or muscles or whatever, but just sit on a high incline bench so that your arms are positioned significantly behind your body. The movement is intended to hit the brachialis specifically (I think)..
04-02-2010, 09:51 PM
Here is some interesting articles you might like though pertaining to 2. Its hard to pinpoint it in humans because of the method of measuring it.
04-03-2010, 12:03 AM
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