Everybody loves training arms. Big biceps have been a symbol of strength and muscle for a very long time. That’s why every commercial gym is equipped with endless amounts of preacher benches, ez curl bars, arm isolation machines, cables…etc. The owners want to make sure that the customer’s need to do every arm exercise under the sun is satisfied. A satisfied customer is a paying customer.
Consequently one of the most frequently asked questions between ‘bros’ in the gym is how to shape your biceps. Believe it or not you can’t change the shape of your biceps. Muscle shape is genetic and besides some sort of surgery nothing will ever change it. You can do all kinds of exercises for your lower or upper biceps – nothing is going to happen. The muscle will still have the same shape regardless of what the guys in thongs say in a ghost written article.
The only way to actually change the look and to some point the ‘shape’ of your biceps would be to build mass in that area and lose overall body fat in order to improve your muscle definition. That’s when the muscle will visually look different and most likely better. However, you are still not shaping your biceps. You are building mass which is like inflating a tyre and later on you are cutting fat in order to make your muscles more visible. It’s still has the same shape though. Now, it’s just fuller and more defined.
The same stays true for any other muscle group – chest, back, legs. The shape of your muscles is pre-determined by your genetics and there’s nothing you can do to change that. This is one of the reasons why shaping exercises are in fact a waste of time and a scam for the most part.
It does not matter how sore those exercises make you, nor how good of a pump you get – the muscle still won’t change it’s shape.
Don’t fall for the magic exercises out there that promise to reshape your arms in no time. You either have good muscle shape or you don’t.
Life goes on.