Bodybuilders are obsessed with arm size. They measure their arms at least one time a day. It’s their favorite part of the day. Even if your arms are just 0.1 mm bigger it’s still enough to make your day. Why is that? Why are arms so important to bodybuilders? why are people so scared of having small arms?
99% of the bodybuilders you will meet are quite narcissistic and lift to feed their egos. This is nothing more than trying to improve how you look in the eyes of society. To tell the truth, this is not entirely bad. It’s a game you play, like everything else. However, some don’t actually realize this and sacrifice a little too much than they would like to. Your self-worth shouldn’t depend on your arm size.
Bodybuilders need constant approval and are lifting mostly for aesthetic reasons. How many bodybuilders do you think would lift weight, if the activity did not result in better appearance? Would you still do it day after day without visual changes and only strength gains? Some will persevere but many people will drop out. After all this isn’t what you signed for, is it?
The obsession with arms comes from the same attitude. The biceps and the triceps are pretty visible muscles and can be a great show. Why do you think bodybuilders are wearing tank tops? Because it’s too hot? Think again…it’s meant to show their arms.
The arms have been a symbol of strength and muscle for a long time. When somebody asks you: ‘Do you lift weights?’ you are sort of expected to flex your arms and reveal your muscular development. That’s why there are so many cases of synthol victims such as Gregg Valentino and Rich Piana (highly recommended article) that put all kinds of oil in their arms just to look bigger in that area and flatter their ego a bit. It’s a little sad, but just a little because there are much worse things in this world.
Train your arms but don’t worship any muscle group. Worship your body as whole. There’s no need to impress others with your arm size. Those that are impressed by it have very little level of awareness of what’s truly important in this life.
Guys that only train arms need a reality check. It’s quite likely that they are trying to overcompensate for some other problem they have in their life. Quite often it’s a confidence issue that doesn’t go away no matter how big your arms get.
This game only ends one way.