when you measure arm size are you supposed to measure them with the arms straight to the ground? and are you supposed to wrap the measuring ruler as tight as possible or just enough where there is no gap forming? Is it called cold flexed when you put your arms in a flexing position but don't relax your arm?
my arms are 11.5 relaxed, 12 inches cold flex, 12.3 inches flexed. my biceps are pathetic and look the same when i flex or if i am cold flexing. how bad are my arms?
Thread: how to properly measure arm size
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how to properly measure arm size
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PROPORTION & SYMMETRY:
HOW DO WE DETERMINE OUR PROPORTION & SYMMETRY?
The best method, by far, to accurate determine where our individual body parts fall in terms of over symmetry and proportion is the tape measure.
Measuring the circumference of each body part will give an idea of where improvements need to be made, provided one is in reasonable shape and the individual muscles are able to be discerned - an excessive amount of fat will give a false indication of overall muscularity if taken into account when the measurements are taken.
Measurement Tips ///
Refrain From Exercise Before Measuring:
Refrain from exercise before measuring body parts. Exercise will cause blood to rush to certain muscle groups thus distorting the overall result. For example, training legs will give the impression these are larger than they naturally are. The idea behind body part measurement is to ensure that all groups are assessed in their natural state, to get an accurate result.
Measure In A Relaxed State:
Measure body parts in their relaxed state. Ensure that muscles are not flexed, particularly the biceps - bodybuilders have a natural tendency to do this - as this will produce an inconsistent result given there is usually a wide variation between individual, flexed body parts. For example, a flexed biceps will increase in size more than a flexed calf.
Do Not Pull The Tape:
Do not pull the tape to meet at the opposing end as this will stretch the tape, giving a larger reading than would otherwise be recorded.
Keep A Diary:
Keep a diary to record measurements and note them accurately. To ensure the correct goals are plotted, the exact measurement must be recorded. Adding a quarter inch - accidentally or otherwise - will obviously give the wrong indication and the ideal proportion will be harder to obtain.
With devices such as the Myotape, as opposed to a regular measuring tape, ensure all instructions are followed. Often there is a two-inch gap, which encircles the body part that needs to be considered when determining the measurement.
Measure Both Sides:
Measure both right and left sides of the body. To accurate assess symmetry; meaning the balance between body parts, both sides of the body need to be measured. If one muscle group is out by however much, it will need to be prioritized.
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