Are you getting a little tired of ‘get big arms’ articles that are devoid of any really valuable information on improving your arm size? You know the ones I’m referring to; containing brilliantly original information such as “do standing barbell curls” and “build your triceps more than your biceps” because triceps make up two-thirds of upper arm size… “blah, blah, blah”.
Hey… are you such a neophyte that you need to read about standing barbell curls being a feasible way to build bigger arms? I didn’t think so; that’s like the first exercise a ten-year-old instinctively does when he gets his first set of weights.
No… I won’t bore you or waste your time with the redundant ‘bigger arms’ tips you’d see skimming any muscle-head periodical you could find on most newsstands. Instead, I’ll go over the three biggest reasons I’ve observed that stop people from enjoying ownership of big, shapely, and powerful guns hanging at their sides.
Getting ‘Bigger Arms’: Why should you listen to me?
First reason: My upper arms keep getting bigger – week-by-week, month after month, with each passing year.
Second reason: I’m forty-six years old – not twenty-six. If you’re younger than I am, you have nothing to blame but worthless training methods if you’re arms aren’t growing while you’re giving it an honest effort to get big arms.
Third reason: My bodybuilding genetics suck and I don’t use steroids and I never have.
Mistake #1: Overtraining the Upper Arms
The next time someone tells you to ‘get big arms’ by training your triceps more than your biceps; you might want to question their credibility. Yes, you do want your triceps to obtain maximum growth in order to get bigger arms. But training more is NOT always the answer to gaining more. Oftentimes, it’s counterproductive and a prescription for disaster.
If either or both your triceps and biceps are not gaining strength and size, there’s a good chance you’re overtraining them. Many trainees (especially guys) get over-zealous about building arm size and resultantly perform too many sets of upper arms exercises. Moreover, they often exacerbate this overtraining scenario by doing arm workouts too often. Overtraining like this will all but ensure that your arms stay their current size and don’t acquire the sought-after size that you’re working so hard to gain.