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Huge Biceps and Triceps Myths Exposed

Sep 14, 2008
Strong muscular arms are the desire of almost every serious lifter. Who wouldn't be happy with tall, peaking biceps sitting on top of rock-hard, horse-shoe-shaped triceps?

While developing muscular arms is usually at the top of many peoples' agenda, the reality is that the majority of lifters out there have a very poor understanding of how to properly train their arms for maximum gains. In order to gain the proper insight into effectively stimulating arm growth, we must first recognize three basic truths:

1) Relatively speaking, the triceps and biceps are small muscle groups.

2) The biceps receive heavy stimulation during all basic pulling movements for the back.

3) The triceps receive heavy stimulation during all basic pressing movements for the chest and shoulders.

The most important thing for you to realize is this: For maximum gains in muscle size and strength, the biceps and triceps require only a very small amount of direct stimulation!

While working your chest and back, your biceps and triceps are simultaneously receiving stimulation. As biceps and triceps are considered small muscle groups, direct arm training really is not very productive.

Remember, your muscles do not grow in the gym. The work that you accomplish as you train with weights is merely the "spark" that sets the wheels of the muscle growth process into motion. The real magic takes place out of the gym while you are resting and eating, as this is the time when your body will actually be synthesizing new muscle tissue.

This is the reason it is vital not to overtrain your muscles. You must always make sure to provide them with sufficient recovery time if you want to see impressive results. Your muscles may become smaller and weaker due to overtraining.

Stop placing emphasis on direct arm movements to achieve serious arm growth. You will find that when you do heavy back and chest training, you will also develop strong and muscular arms.

I'm not saying "don't train your arms", just perform the right amount of direct arm training. Blend this manner of thoughts into your arm training, and you will attain arm bulk above your previous expectation.
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