People love training their arms more than anything else. Out of excitement many beginners can’t sleep the night before their “arm day”. Insecure teenagers watch video after video of CT Fletcher on their iPhones and can’t stop imagining their biceps and triceps getting pumped. In this day and age, big arms are at the top of the priority list. Gotta have them.
Similar behavior is the norm – not the exception. The upper arms have become the symbol of strength. Flexing your big guns is considered the ultimate answer to the question: “Do you even lift, bro?”. But how big can your arms get naturally, without taking steroids?
Short answer – less than you want.
The bodybuilding fans have been conditioned to see large 20 inch arms in videos, gyms, bodybuilding expos…etc. What many don’t know is that the bodybuilders who display such marvelous arm development are on steroids, growth hormone (GH), insulin and more. Naturals don’t have 20 inch arms. In fact, most naturals won’t even have 18 inch arms. As a natural bodybuilder in lean condition you can’t have more than 16-17 inch arms. That’s it. And keep in mind that those measurements are for gifted athletes. Truth be told in lean condition most “natty” bodybuilders will have hard time reaching 15 inch arms.
Of course, many of you are going to scream at the monitor after seeing those numbers. Basically, everybody knows a “natural” guy “who has 20 inch arms and is not very fat”. There is a world of difference between “not very fat” and contest ready bodybuilder. It’s not uncommon for people to lose over 2 inches of their arms during a contest preparation. The naturals who boast about their arms are usually the ones who underestimate their body fat levels tremendously. You will be amazed how smaller your big arms will get once you are 5% body fat. You may need a therapist.
Note: Fitness models and bodybuilders such as Lazar Angelov, Simeon Panda, CT Fletcher, Kali Muscle, The HodgeTwins, Adam Charlton…etc have arm development that cannot be achieved naturally unless you are a super mutant. All the protein and creatine in the world won’t be able to change that.
The good news is that a lean 15 inch arm looks great in the eyes of the general public. Sure, it may not be as big as Ronnie Coleman’s but once you’ve reached such development you would think twice before considering such measurement weak.
Interesting fact: You can reach your maximum arm potential by doing solely bodyweight exercises.