The ”how-to-get-big-arms-fast” drama is the muscle equivalent of the modern ”how-to- get-rich-quick” mentality frequently seen in our world infected by the false belief that the mainstream media can provide a solution to all troubles. Honestly, I am quite tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. Just a few days ago S-Nation productions came up with another ”cure for puny arms” as if the rest of the 1000s nonsense arms articles were not enough.
Taking muscle building advice from steroid users is as functional as learning how to get rich from a kid with a fat trust fund. Those motherfuckers have too much room for error and daddy is always there to pay the right people and fix their mistakes. The same is true for roid masters – no matter what they do, they grow. In the meantime, they try to fill your head with all kinds of useless stuff like rest pause techniques, cluster reps, pump, master pump, slave pump, DC training, heavy duty training, spider curls, scorpion curls, Scott curls, rabbit curls, squats for big arms…etc. The list of ill-advised techniques to get big arms is endless.
Everyday the gurus come up with something revolutionary:
”Hold you arms at this angle and you will get a better pump and build bigger arms FASTER!!!”
”Do close grip decline bench presses instead of regular bench presses and you will become a sea monster in the arm department!!!!!!”
”Drink our reptile pre-workout and you will get a sick pump, which will help you build Piano like arms!!!!”
”5×5 – The Secret To Massive Arms without Curls,” write the 5×5 marketing wannabes.
So, how do you get big arms?
Ironically, I am a guy with small arms and yet I will tell you the truth about getting biggER arms, because those with truly enormous arms are part of the muscle mafia.
It’s like talking to a person who hasn’t finish college and yet tells you more truth than the politicians and economists produced by the higher education system.
You get biggER arms by selecting 2-3 exercises, getting stronger using training cycles and not starving yourself. You don’t need to bulk, but you need sufficient amount of food.
In my opinion the best exercises for arms are dumbbell curls, chin-ups on rings, dips and close grip bench presses. Those exercises allow you to hit the muscle properly without placing unneeded stress on the joints compared to the rest of sense deprived movements such as Scott curls, supinated curls, incline dumbbell curls, cable curls, Zottman curls and many more. Those are just fancy movements steroid using bodybuilders use to brainwash your mind. You don’t need to work your biceps from all angles. Seriously, get real.
Once you have your exercise selection down – you just start with a linear progression, reach a plateau and begin using deloads (training cycles). Then, you continue to do that for as long as you are alive, and one day you will reach your arm potential naturally. It’s that simple and more importantly – this is the truth. Everything else is literally garbage information and distraction. To understand this point even further, we can return to the ”get rich quick” analogy.
For the regular individual that is not coming from a rich family the only way to get rich is to work hard in an environment that allows you to earn more by working more. The second part is incredibly important, because if your extra work is not appreciated, you ain’t getting more of anything except work. I know this very well, because I spent close to a decade in a similar position.
I worked in a small firm of 8 to 10 people. At the beginning I was lazy and didn’t want to do much. I didn’t have strong working habits. One could also say that I was yet to be molded by this slave world. However, at one point I ”broke” and started working at full capacity. All of a sudden the firm became incredibly efficient, and I was a big part of it. My managers could see that I was killing it. I was faster and people were having more free time. A lunch was no longer a dream. That continued for many years with a few on and off periods. During that time I didn’t get a raise except for once when there were reformations. We got 5% increase, which equaled 2% due to inflation. Everybody got that ”increase”- even people with less experience and skills than me.
I was not working a job that was allowing me to actually benefit from working harder or in a more efficient manner. As a result my motivation dropped to the lowest possible point. #work-just-enough-not-to-get-fired.
You have to realize that doing more does not always mean that you will get more at the end. It’s the same thing with training. You can do all the arm exercises in the world, but it doesn’t matter if you are not putting yourself in a situation allowing you to get stronger and grow.
This also alludes to the undeniable fact that naturals can’t really grow that much. In a sense, naturals are stuck at a dead-end job – no matter what you do, there is no growth. Therefore, it only makes sense to cover the basics (work just enough not to get fired) and focus your efforts on something else. Otherwise, you are risking to become one of those people who buy every issue of the popular muscle magazines and watch Phil Heath’s arm workouts while taking notes.
Bodybuilders have enormous arms solely thanks to steroids and genetics. It’s not cable curls, supinated curls, hammer curls, bosu balls curls, fat grips, slim grips, cluster reps, spider-man curls, Batman curls…etc. It’s drugs, genetics, food and then some training. The bodybuilders with the best arms in history will have those regardless of training. Sorry.
At this moment I am quite tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, but I don’t expect a change, because every year there is a new generation of boys that turn 17 and want to build big arms for the girls. The bodybuilding gurus know that and act accordingly. Besides, what can really change in a world where people live in front of 3 inch screens, isolated in a tiny world. You can see them riding the metro. They stare at those things like they are doing something important when most are simply playing the SilverSurfer. We ain’t nothing but a generation of iFone gangsters looking for a quick solution.