Can You Get 20 Inch Arms Naturally?

Most bodybuilders are quite confused when they first start out. It’s the industry to blame. It feeds off ignorance. One of the frequently asked questions is: Can I Get 20 Inch Arms Naturally? The answer is: “No, unless you are fat as hell.


You can’t get 20 inch arms naturally unless you are also comfortable with gaining a lot of fat. In the past and during the Golden Era of bodybuilding (the 1970s) legit 20 inch arms were rare. There is also evidence that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arms were “only” 19 7/8 inches, instead of the official 22 inches. They were measured by Arthur Jones who popularized HIT (High Intensity Training) and the use of the machines Nautilus. When you keep that in mind it becomes painfully obvious that obtaining a set of 20 inch arms without anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PED) is a pipe dream.

Virtually every modern IFBB bodybuilder uses anabolic steroids, GH (growth hormone), insulin, synthol…etc. 20 inch arms arms are still considered quite respectable in this day and age.

If natural guys can have lean 20 inch arms, why are not professional IFBB bodybuilders spotting 25 inch arms?

Truth be told, most natural bodybuilders will have really hard time getting their arms over 15-16 inches in lean condition. To some of you this may come as a shock.

That’s because the fitness industry has set super unrealistic expectations. It’s hard to wake up from the trance but sooner or later it will happen. You can only postpone the lesson. You can’t delay it.

However, instead of being disappointed be grateful for what you have. There’s always somebody in the world who would kill to be in your position – the same one you are complaining about. Unfortunately, we truly learn to respect what we have after it’s gone.

Having lean 15 inch arms is not bad at all. In fact, if you have that you are doing better than 90% of the population. Once again – be grateful for what you were blessed with. Try to elevate your spirit and don’t kill yourself and others over trivial things.

“People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.”

― Charles Bukowski

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  1. Hooper

    Age 52 5′ 10″ tall 210lbs with 23″ waist and 49″ chest arms are just over 19″s and aiming for 20″ this year

    1. John schultzFe

      When i was 35 years old I had 19 1/2 in. arms without steroids. I weighed 190 lbs and was 5 ft 7 in. I worked out 4 times a week before my 2nd shift job at VW.

  2. tim

    I am all natural and 43 yrs old. My arms are almost 18 inches lean. And yes I can send photos to prove this. You will just have to take my word about being a natural bodybuilder. But it is attainable if your willing to chunk some heavy ass iron and smash on about 4000 calories a day. It’s a little more complicated than that but I have developed a program through trial and error called tact training. I would love to share it with everyone but it is a lot of typing that I don’t feel up to right now.

    1. Dillon Hensey

      Hello my name is Dillon I’m 25 years old, 211 lbs 6′ 1″ I would realllly appreciate any tips for a workout routine.

  3. Johnny

    False, anyone can have 20 inch arms if they are willing to train properly and eat the proper macro nutrients based on their age, weight, and goals.

    1. Jim Bean

      Prove it with a measuring tape and pic…Also prove it with a pic ~4-8% body fat in competition shape without supplements and then maybe believe.

    2. Charles Denham

      Agree 100% I am all natural and have 19″ arms and will have 20″ arms in another year. My thighs are close to 30″ as well. I train and eat and sleep. Then I repeat that everyday.

  4. Neverseennatty20s

    32yo. Very good genetics. Training extremely hard and excellent diet for 9 years. 18.5″ arms at 12% bf. Anyone says they have 20s or close to is fat or a liar, or both.

  5. 19's

    Lmao I’m 22yr old natty bodybuilder been training consistently for about 3-4 yrs have always had big arms before I even started lifting and good genetics I’m just under 19″.. I’d say it’s possible if you eat clean and train mean and have the genetics to back you up.

  6. JohnnyCockman

    LOL at these comments.

    Get on my level phaggots. I’m 14 years old and my arms are just under 19 inches (all natty, no creatine). I drink won glass of buffalo milk in the morning with bowl of cheerios and for lunch I have nudles on top of bread like a nudle sandwich then at night i workout that mostli it.

  7. Erik

    This is complete nonsense. I am 38 years old, 6’3″ and 13% body fat. I just now started weight lifting and my arms are just short of 15.” This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  8. donmiguelc

    It is possible to gain 20″ inch arms naturally, My arms at an 18.5″ without being fat. The secret is working them often the right way like you would work your legs. Consider this, why do you think the muscles in your thighs are the thickest muscle. When you do a heavy leg day, you don’t go straight to bed. Most people will walk or jog further stressing the muscle which in fact makes it grow even more. Train your arms heavy on your hard workouts, then everyday do light to medium sets just to pump the blood not heavy weight. Stress the arm muscles hard then massage with pump session to speed up the blood and the recovery process. That’s what I do. I have 18.5″ arms 7.75″ wrist. Hit triceps hard first. 3 heads then the 2 heads

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