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Cephalic_Carnage
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terryvi wrote:
I've been weight lifting for about 5 years now and am addicted to it, although I am stuck at a plateau now that I can't break.
What seems to be the issue? Poundages not moving up anymore?
All in all, I am quite happy and blessed with my health and progress.

On the right is me at 50 and 215 pounds, middle is April 2007 and left is a present day pic at 56 years old. Thanks for allowing my post and bragging rights.

Arms are actually 17 1/2 inches.


Great job, especially considering that you started so late.

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Rocky101
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Finally hit 17 a few months ago.

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fuck we have some beastly people on this site lols!

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irondog wrote:
Well it IS important to remember it ain't all about size. There are plenty of fat slobs with 20" arms. At my age I'm less concerned with size than I used to be. Here's a pic of myself in peak fit condition at the age of 46 and bodyweight of 184 lbs, down from apeak of about 197 lbs cut when younger and my arms are barely 16". A hair under when ice cold actually, but a slight pump boosts them to barely over 16" hehe

The older one gets the less you give a sh*t what anyone else thinks, it's a nice feeling
Mick


That's all well and good but this thread is for people with 17 inch arms.

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LankyMofo wrote:
irondog wrote:
Well it IS important to remember it ain't all about size. There are plenty of fat slobs with 20" arms. At my age I'm less concerned with size than I used to be. Here's a pic of myself in peak fit condition at the age of 46 and bodyweight of 184 lbs, down from apeak of about 197 lbs cut when younger and my arms are barely 16". A hair under when ice cold actually, but a slight pump boosts them to barely over 16" hehe

The older one gets the less you give a sh*t what anyone else thinks, it's a nice feeling
Mick

That's all well and good but this thread is for people with 17 inch arms.


LOL

It's just like the people who aren't trying to gain any more size yet feel the need to jump into conversations in the bodybuilding forum to tell people how to train...as if the rest of us also have the goal of making little to no progress on purpose.

Hint: If you are in the 17 INCH ARM THREAD and claiming it ain't all about size, you are in the wrong fucking thread.

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Professor X wrote:
LankyMofo wrote:
irondog wrote:
Well it IS important to remember it ain't all about size. There are plenty of fat slobs with 20" arms. At my age I'm less concerned with size than I used to be. Here's a pic of myself in peak fit condition at the age of 46 and bodyweight of 184 lbs, down from apeak of about 197 lbs cut when younger and my arms are barely 16". A hair under when ice cold actually, but a slight pump boosts them to barely over 16" hehe

The older one gets the less you give a sh*t what anyone else thinks, it's a nice feeling
Mick

That's all well and good but this thread is for people with 17 inch arms.

LOL

It's just like the people who aren't trying to gain any more size yet feel the need to jump into conversations in the bodybuilding forum to tell people how to train...as if the rest of us also have the goal of making little to no progress on purpose.

Hint: If you are in the 17 INCH ARM THREAD and claiming it ain't all about size, you are in the wrong fucking thread.


Maybe we should hop in the V-Diet forum posting pictures in other peoples threads of ourselves and talking about how we're trying to bulk up.

It wouldn't be very productive but it may be pretty funny.

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[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
Professor X wrote:
LankyMofo wrote:
irondog wrote:
Well it IS important to remember it ain't all about size. There are plenty of fat slobs with 20" arms. At my age I'm less concerned with size than I used to be. Here's a pic of myself in peak fit condition at the age of 46 and bodyweight of 184 lbs, down from apeak of about 197 lbs cut when younger and my arms are barely 16". A hair under when ice cold actually, but a slight pump boosts them to barely over 16" hehe

The older one gets the less you give a sh*t what anyone else thinks, it's a nice feeling
Mick

That's all well and good but this thread is for people with 17 inch arms.

LOL

It's just like the people who aren't trying to gain any more size yet feel the need to jump into conversations in the bodybuilding forum to tell people how to train...as if the rest of us also have the goal of making little to no progress on purpose.

Hint: If you are in the 17 INCH ARM THREAD and claiming it ain't all about size, you are in the wrong fucking thread.

Maybe we should hop in the V-Diet forum posting pictures in other peoples threads of ourselves and talking about how we're trying to bulk up.

quote]

That forum gives me the deep willies.

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I finally broke the 17 inch mark just a few months ago...18, here I come!

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Papa Nick
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Hey guys figured id ask those who have made it.
I am 5'7 164 lbs with 15.5 inch arms shooting for 17.
gaining weight is a challange for me.
-Should I train arms once or twice a week? (I have been reading contradictory things)
-How much weight should I be looking to gain?

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LankyMofo
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Papa Nick wrote:
Hey guys figured id ask those who have made it.
I am 5'7 164 lbs with 15.5 inch arms shooting for 17.
gaining weight is a challange for me.
-Should I train arms once or twice a week? (I have been reading contradictory things)
-How much weight should I be looking to gain?


I'd say roughly 30 pounds of weight gain. Whether you train them once or twice a week is secondary to making sure you keep moving more weight for more reps.

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Mine are a touch over 18 cold, like 18 1/4, I've always had more success with tri size than my bi's, If i could ever get my biceps to respond as good i think I could make a run for 20 heh heh. These are recent I just started back lifting after about a year layoff.

I started lifting at 14 probably 135lbs (prolly too young really) and was serious by 15 and have been on and off for 17 years. I've always lifted natural, and ive always kept my size for the most part even on layoffs for injuries, work, etc., I'm planning on trying to cut down to 205, so i'll post again if/when i get there.

E.Z.

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Dastump wrote:
Mine are a touch over 18 cold, like 18 1/4, I've always had more success with tri size than my bi's, If i could ever get my biceps to respond as good i think I could make a run for 20 heh heh. These are recent I just started back lifting after about a year layoff.

I started lifting at 14 probably 135lbs (prolly too young really) and was serious by 15 and have been on and off for 17 years. I've always lifted natural, and ive always kept my size for the most part even on layoffs for injuries, work, etc., I'm planning on trying to cut down to 205, so i'll post again if/when i get there.

E.Z.


Are u flexing?

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1morerep wrote:

Are u flexing?


Somewhat, used the timer on my work phone and tried to throw it up before it went off heh, I know I have alot of work to do, been off around a year due to a shoulder injury. I'll post some better pics when I can.

Edit: still a crappy cell phone pic, but all i got atm

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rasturai
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damn i dont understand how guys like taleb can be 5'7 160+lbs. and have 16 inch arms...
my arms are over 16 but im 40lbs heavier...

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Lonnie123
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rasturai wrote:
damn i dont understand how guys like taleb can be 5'7 160+lbs. and have 16 inch arms...
my arms are over 16 but im 40lbs heavier...


Thats that whole genetics thing... Its a bitch, unless its on your side.

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17.6 inch, gunning for 18 by september 10

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rasturai
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alright genetics is cool n all..but still he's 160+lbs. with 16 inch arms. I'm 205+, 5'9 (so 2 inches taller) but weigh much more..have good development in my biceps but they are only i think 16.5 or 16.75 i think right arm and left arm 16.25
I doubt he's closin in on 405 bench or can do BB curls with 135?
This is what confuses me.
I have a pretty good peak on my biceps..perhaps I'll get a pic in tomorrow to show you.

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skimmy_jimmy
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well fuckin shit christ man this thread just bummed me the fuck out. i did many of Chad Waterbury's routines for the first couple of years i lifted, not the best for arm development. i think i was up to 16" before i hurt my back, but now am back down to 15".

i just started doing direct arm work in the last month, so i am hoping to god that this, along with my diet, i will put some much needed size on my arms. the rest of my body has grown exponentially. i hope i can rightly fit in this page by the end of the year!

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Lonnie123
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rasturai wrote:
alright genetics is cool n all..but still he's 160+lbs. with 16 inch arms. I'm 205+, 5'9 (so 2 inches taller) but weigh much more..have good development in my biceps but they are only i think 16.5 or 16.75 i think right arm and left arm 16.25
I doubt he's closin in on 405 bench or can do BB curls with 135?
This is what confuses me.
I have a pretty good peak on my biceps..perhaps I'll get a pic in tomorrow to show you.


Yep... It sucks ass when you arent on the right end of it. Look at guys like Frank Zane, who had 18 inch arms at a contest weight of 180. I will probably have to weigh a lean 225-240 to have 18 inch arms. Look at Stan McQuay, low body weight and full, large muscle bellies.

They are literally just bigger at certain body weights, strength or not.

Interesting as well, some of the people posting pictures here (even some of the 17 and 18 inch pics) dont look nearly as impressive as other shots of arms of similar measurement or smaller that I have seen...

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Guess my update to last post did not upload pic, still a crappy cell phone pic, but with better light.

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skimmy_jimmy wrote:
well fuckin shit christ man this thread just bummed me the fuck out. i did many of Chad Waterbury's routines for the first couple of years i lifted, not the best for arm development. i think i was up to 16" before i hurt my back, but now am back down to 15".

i just started doing direct arm work in the last month, so i am hoping to god that this, along with my diet, i will put some much needed size on my arms. the rest of my body has grown exponentially. i hope i can rightly fit in this page by the end of the year!


Honestly, by reading the articles on this website I have grown less than i ever have. the authors of some of these articles just dont give good advise for me when it comes to bodybuilding. I have tried a few routines from some of the authors on here and I got minimal results. Most of them are so freaking complicated (Thibs) or just not enough for max hypertrophy (Nate Green). I mean some of these guys say to leave out isolation excercises all together...WTF? I have learned more from Pro X and some of the other vets on here than anyone, thanks again guys. Anyways i went back to my old split (chest/tris- back/bi's, etc.) 4 days a week and have been growing like a weed again. For my body type I have to go with higher reps i.e 10-12 and super high intensity, I throw in super sets and drop sets after some heavier compound lifts. But my arms are 16.5 unpumped and I will quit talking now because I am no longer allowed in this thread until I get to 17'.

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rasturai
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The only time I did a program off of herre was when I first started. I did TBT I actually did get great results from it. But it's because I worked my fuckin ass off.
I was squatting 2x a week HEAVY..One day 3x5 reps, the other day 3x15 reps. Each week the set would be bumped up on. In reality my friend and me would go all out to the first set and then lower for the other sets with the prescribed rest periods.
Same thing for benches, bent over rows, pull ups etc.
We went all out...major compound movements..and we did BB curls 2x a week, skull crushers.
acutally very similiar to the BBB program I'm doin now.

It was a complete program and it actually worked wonders for strength and size. Then again I remember puking a couple times in my HS gym from it. Great times.

As for genetics..I know this is a bodybuilding forum and I'll get ragged on for this..but to have some massive 18 inch arms and not be able to hold the strength for them is kinda silly in MY opinion. It just reminds me of that spongebob square pants episode when he gets inflatable arms and then does a competeion and can't lift shit.
I KNOW bodybuilders are strong. In general to be big you gotta be pretty damn strong. But to me you should have some pretty damn good strength in those arms..again it's my opinion..most of you will shit on it so save your energy lol.

LASTLY that's true Lonnie123..I actually don't even know if some ppl on here posting about 17inch arms...have 17 inch arms...they just look a lot smaller then what I've seen except for that one dude.
Perhaps they just have quite a bit of fat on their arms so the 17's don't look as impressive. Of course a very very lean 16 inch arm would look much more impressive than a 17.5 inch arm havin more fat..and probably would look bigger too.

Anyways that's all I wanted to say.

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Lonnie123
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Rasturai... Its a combo of fat arms and genetic look. Look at the "Levrone is back" thread... His arms were 17 when he started off his transformation, and now at 18 they look MUCH better than anyones on this thread do. Its just an interesting phenomenon.

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rasturai wrote:
The only time I did a program off of herre was when I first started. I did TBT I actually did get great results from it. But it's because I worked my fuckin ass off.
I was squatting 2x a week HEAVY..One day 3x5 reps, the other day 3x15 reps. Each week the set would be bumped up on. In reality my friend and me would go all out to the first set and then lower for the other sets with the prescribed rest periods.
Same thing for benches, bent over rows, pull ups etc.
We went all out...major compound movements..and we did BB curls 2x a week, skull crushers.
acutally very similiar to the BBB program I'm doin now.

It was a complete program and it actually worked wonders for strength and size. Then again I remember puking a couple times in my HS gym from it. Great times.

As for genetics..I know this is a bodybuilding forum and I'll get ragged on for this..but to have some massive 18 inch arms and not be able to hold the strength for them is kinda silly in MY opinion. It just reminds me of that spongebob square pants episode when he gets inflatable arms and then does a competeion and can't lift shit.
I KNOW bodybuilders are strong. In general to be big you gotta be pretty damn strong. But to me you should have some pretty damn good strength in those arms..again it's my opinion..most of you will shit on it so save your energy lol.

LASTLY that's true Lonnie123..I actually don't even know if some ppl on here posting about 17inch arms...have 17 inch arms...they just look a lot smaller then what I've seen except for that one dude.
Perhaps they just have quite a bit of fat on their arms so the 17's don't look as impressive. Of course a very very lean 16 inch arm would look much more impressive than a 17.5 inch arm havin more fat..and probably would look bigger too.

Anyways that's all I wanted to say.


Are you serious? Who have you seen with legit arms over 18" lean enough to actually see the biceps and triceps where they were weak? Can you show me even one example of a weak truly muscular 18" arm?

If you can't see any delineation between the biceps muscle and the triceps, then the measurement is not legit.

HOWEVER, most guys are going to have to be at least a little soft some of the time in order to get their arms that big naturally in the first place. You work on definition after the mass is built. This is why most of those more worried about definition before they ever build the size never build it.

That is why we don't just jump in and insult someone simply because they don't have much definition right now. You save that for those who still have the same sized smooth arm years from now. You don't do that to the guy who has smooth arms...but gains 2-3 inches on them without gaining much more body fat at all. All he has to do is diet down from that point.

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You say your 255? No offense but I call BS if you were youd be pretty developed and be flaunting pictures on your page, instead your braging about your 17 inch fat bicep. I got 17in+ biceps and im only 5"9

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