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bodyhard
06-19-2012, 07:32 AM
Yesterday I went to my grandsons graduation. His uncle, (my son's wife's brother) was there. He is 26, he and I both wore an affliction shirt (of course I looked better than him :)) and he turns to me and says John how can I get big arms? I have been going to the gym for 2 years now and my arms still look the same.

So I ask him, what is he eating, how is his training, what supps has he been taking etc etc and you would not believe the amount of curls this man does! :eek:

On top of that he doesn't do ANY, not one compound movement for legs or back, none!

His primary schedule is based on arms and chest.

Now I am not going to front, he has gotten bigger since the last time I saw him, so training arms and chest has helped him, but he just doesn't have that "overall look"

OK so what did I tell him?

I laid out a plan for him on more compound movements, with some isolation stuff and I explained to him about the importance of nutrition and supplementation.

What was his response you ask?

I don't want to get my legs big, I can't see my back therefor don't care about my back, I am not eating that much, but I can do the supps.

He took the isolation exercises I gave him and the supps I told him to take and threw the rest of the information I gave him right out the window....

A wasted 45 minutes to an hour of my advice :(

My response after that?

That is why you will always look like sh!t you dumb f'ck!

Him: Butthurt....

JrM703
06-19-2012, 07:34 AM
Good advice. Baffling that people don't see the correlation between their foundation (legs), and upper body strength.
You could always tell him to try this as a quick fix, and proceed to laugh at him.

http://popeye.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Where-is-Popeye-Today-to-Inspire-People-to-Increase-Spinach-Consumption.jpg

x-trainer ben
06-19-2012, 08:02 AM
I have decided that 99% of the people out there don't love this stuff like we do and it will be a passing fad like Oakley sunglasses, boogie boarding, cargo shorts, ect. Why even bother ?

Schlagen
06-19-2012, 08:06 AM
I hate people that are like this. Say he continues with his chest and arm workout for a solid 5 years, imagine how ridiculously out of proportion he is going to look.

Brackneyc
06-19-2012, 08:11 AM
John, it sounds like you set him up with one of those boring old "compound" based programs. Don't worry, when he grows up, he will realize (as most of us do) that the compounds grow the body better than anything else.

cgc
06-19-2012, 08:20 AM
What was he expecting you to say, "yeah, keep doing what you're doing"?

Obviously his philosophy and training is getting him the results he wants :rolleyes:, why bother asking anything then?

You tried, man....you tried.

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 08:37 AM
Ha found a pic of him on FB that my DIL posted.

Here he is with my DIL, my grandson her mother and of course the brother lol

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj74/bodyhard_2008/mafuncle.jpg

JrM703
06-19-2012, 08:39 AM
Looks like your grandson has similar sized forearms, and wrists.

mslman71
06-19-2012, 08:39 AM
He likes that Jersey Shore lifting program, eh?

n0rm
06-19-2012, 08:46 AM
I hate people that are like this. Say he continues with his chest and arm workout for a solid 5 years, imagine how ridiculously out of proportion he is going to look.

just imagine the posture problems he's going to have due to muscle imbalances.


Ha found a pic of him on FB that my DIL posted.

Here he is with my DIL, my grandson her mother and of course the brother lol



does he even lift? lol

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 08:48 AM
Looks like your grandson has similar sized forearms, and wrists.

He got the wrist from my son, I have little wrist :(

My oldest son, his wife and hos son (My grandson) My son weighs 250lbs!
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj74/bodyhard_2008/mafandlilmaf.jpg

blkbelt42
06-19-2012, 08:48 AM
I don't want to get my legs big, I can't see my back therefor don't care about my back, I am not eating that much, but I can do the supps.

If you can't see it, don't work it. Whats the issue John? :D

Big_Sky_Guy
06-19-2012, 08:59 AM
I am just at 18" fatties....most of the real progress came from a variety of Barbell / Cable Rows and Pullups. Close Grip Press work and Heavy Overhead Pressing for tris.

I still finish out with curls and press downs now and again, but the real mass builders continue to be rows and presses.

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 09:28 AM
I am just at 18" fatties....most of the real progress came from a variety of Barbell / Cable Rows and Pullups. Close Grip Press work and Heavy Overhead Pressing for tris.

I still finish out with curls and press downs now and again, but the real mass builders continue to be rows and presses.

How do we have the same size arms, are the same height, yet you outweigh me by 40lbs??

Big_Sky_Guy
06-19-2012, 10:25 AM
I am packing at least 20 # more fat! I would est my BF at 18% right now.


Edit: grabbed a quick look at your stats....not sure how recently you updated.

I just grabbed a quick set:

Neck- 19
Chest- 50
Waist- 36
Forearm- 15
Arm- 18
Thigh- 29
Calf- 16.5

Frnkd
06-19-2012, 10:30 AM
He got the wrist from my son, I have little wrist :(

My oldest son, his wife and hos son (My grandson) My son weighs 250lbs!
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj74/bodyhard_2008/mafandlilmaf.jpg

seems to get the expression from you....at least he's ready for any dumb f$#k at school! :D

"What you say?!!"

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 11:17 AM
I am packing at least 20 # more fat! I would est my BF at 18% right now.


Edit: grabbed a quick look at your stats....not sure how recently you updated.

I just grabbed a quick set:

Neck- 19
Chest- 50
Waist- 36
Forearm- 15
Arm- 18
Thigh- 29
Calf- 16.5

I have not updated my stats on there sine I lost all my size. Not sure what it even says, let me check it out.


seems to get the expression from you....at least he's ready for any dumb f$#k at school! :D

"What you say?!!"

LOL, I would love to agree with you, but my grandson is very timid and quite shy. And one thing that drives my son and I crazy is that he allows other kids to take his toys and bully him although he is one of the biggest in his glass...

Yet I tell my son, you were the same way at that age and yes it drove me nuts back then as well! :D :D

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 11:31 AM
I am packing at least 20 # more fat! I would est my BF at 18% right now.


Edit: grabbed a quick look at your stats....not sure how recently you updated.

I just grabbed a quick set:

Neck- 19
Chest- 50
Waist- 36
Forearm- 15
Arm- 18
Thigh- 29
Calf- 16.5

Just measured and updated my stats, sorry not 18 yet, 17.5 :(

jvfranklin
06-19-2012, 11:48 AM
I don't want to get my legs big, I can't see my back therefor don't care about my back, I am not eating that much, but I can do the supps.

Sounds like what he really wants is just some photoshop skills.

Big_Sky_Guy
06-19-2012, 12:41 PM
Much better stats than before BH. I figured you had not updated them!

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 12:44 PM
Much better stats than before BH. I figured you had not updated them!

LOL yup they were from 2009 I think.

tmonkey
06-19-2012, 12:54 PM
tell him ed sent you


lol


Just one question - were you wearing the blue shirt?

Kraken
06-19-2012, 01:03 PM
I never see my back either. one day, I looked in the mirrors at the gym, after a few years of lifting, and was thinking "Damn, that dude's back is BIG". Then I realize I was looking at my own back. LMAO!! It fooled me at first, but I think it was a relfection of something like 3-4 mirrors bouncing my reflection back and forth.

I love the idea that if someone is standing behind me, I still look big to them. It's a good feeling knowing whichever angle someone looks at me from, I look like I lift.

<---- Doesn't regret doing back one bit

jdtemple
06-19-2012, 01:07 PM
Boy, if I had a nickel for every time someone asked for my advice on how to make themselves look better and just ignored everything I said...

Like Ronnie says, "Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don't nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight."

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 01:48 PM
tell him ed sent you


lol


Just one question - were you wearing the blue shirt?

Nah I had this shirt on...

Check out the guns! :D


http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj74/bodyhard_2008/lilmafgrad.jpg

Kraken
06-19-2012, 02:02 PM
Flexing for family photos...how gauche!!

LOL Just kidding. Looking big man.

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 02:04 PM
Flexing for family photos...how gauche!!

LOL Just kidding. Looking big man.

I was relaxed, if I flexed I would have stretched the sh!t out of that shirt! :D

drudixon
06-19-2012, 05:37 PM
If he wants big arms, he should beat off more. Works great for me... wait... umm... bye now!

V-240
06-19-2012, 05:41 PM
In b4 Clive.

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 05:43 PM
In b4 Clive.

Clive who?????

cowboybiker
06-19-2012, 05:48 PM
http://i28.tinypic.com/w9eefs.jpg

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 05:49 PM
http://i28.tinypic.com/w9eefs.jpg

But doing that much workout shouldn't he have big arms?

Kraken
06-19-2012, 06:00 PM
But doing that much workout shouldn't he have big arms?

Not sure if it was Clive or someone else, but I think it was Clive. I think he has deceptively large arms. THe peak of his bicep is high. I could be wrong about this though.

I remember seeing someone post an arm pic on here and told everyone they were almost 19 inches. No one believed it. He wasn't fat, but his arms just looked terribly under developed. Woudn't you know it, he posted a pic with a measuring tape and they were, in fact, over 18 inches.

Kind of taught me that these pics can really mess with you and be deceiving.

*Edit* I looked at his stats, yeah, he's all arms. 22 inch thighs, 17 inch arms, 5'9" and 170lbs.

bigvin73
06-19-2012, 07:08 PM
Everyone knows there is only 1 way to get big arm!!!!


Must curl in the squat rack
Anything else just doesn't work

bodyhard
06-19-2012, 07:09 PM
Everyone knows there is only 1 way to get big arm!!!!


Must curl in the squat rack
Anything else just doesn't work

Yup, worked for me...

cowboybiker
06-19-2012, 07:31 PM
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billb7581
06-20-2012, 06:54 AM
http://i28.tinypic.com/w9eefs.jpg

LOL... haven't seen that one before.

FlaIronMind
06-20-2012, 07:03 AM
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JOHN GARGANI
06-20-2012, 07:59 AM
getting back to the original premise of the thread, although I do give basic specific advice relating to certain things, on these forums, through the net, when people ask me IN PERSON, about training advice, I tell them to read a good book.....

as you found out, people will NOT commit anymore to one person's advice, so yes, why bother indeed.....

Guinea-pig
06-20-2012, 08:09 AM
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Light Weight!!!