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HighlyFanatic
03-09-2002, 07:29 PM
My brother has 11" biceps and he's gunning for 14."

I'd say above avg. genetics, he tend to put mass on quickly if needed, without looking fat...he lifts 3 times a week. He's 17.

I'm know im missing a lot of variables here, but whats a rough idea.....

Neil
03-09-2002, 07:36 PM
If he is totally dedicated to all aspects of his training I'd say 1 year minimum.

Adam
03-09-2002, 09:27 PM
Once he gains ~30lbs of muscle he should be near that goal

Maki Riddington
03-09-2002, 09:35 PM
I'm sorry but I don't buy into the ,"for every ten pounds of muscle gained one inch will follow" rule.

TreeTrunks
03-09-2002, 09:36 PM
If he is a beginner at lifting, at 11" biceps i am going to assume he is, he should have no problrm if he lifts hard and intense and eats right with no slacking in a little over a year gain 3". After about his first year of training he won't see gains like that again, most people don't that is.

TreeTrunks
03-09-2002, 09:38 PM
Some people buy into the notion that squats add mass to the arms.

Adam
03-09-2002, 09:39 PM
I dont really buy into it to much either maki, Its the closest answer i can think of though. Depends on if he just trains arms or trains whole body.

the_hall
03-09-2002, 10:22 PM
If he has 11 inch arms I dont think he has above average genetics.

TreeTrunks
03-09-2002, 10:25 PM
hall, beginners grow extremely fast. Coupled with smart training and a mass building diet, a little over a year is not out of the question for him.

the_hall
03-09-2002, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by TreeTrunks
hall, beginners grow extremely fast. Coupled with smart training and a mass building diet, a little over a year is not out of the question for him.

Im not saying he cant. He said that his brother has agove average genitics, then he said he has 11'' arms. Those are pretty small arms IMO. When I started training last year mine were about 14 inches and I have the worlds worst genetics.

TreeTrunks
03-09-2002, 10:31 PM
My bad hall I miss read. Sorry. Yeah your right. 11" working out 3 times a week and he is 17. I'd say his genetics suck too.

BCC
03-09-2002, 11:41 PM
I say he'd see them increase 3 inches if he gained a good 30-40 pounds and trained his whole body.

Accipiter
03-10-2002, 12:54 AM
i take what chase said.

body
03-10-2002, 04:08 AM
Originally posted by Maki Riddington
I'm sorry but I don't buy into the ,"for every ten pounds of muscle gained one inch will follow" rule.

I think if lee preist gained 10 pounds he would add more size to his arm than gunter would. soley because of the height difference. so thats the main reason I have never been a fan of the rule.

plus genetics - arnie, ernie taylor never have trouble putting weight on in there arms compared to other people. they may get bigger legs as a result.

howsertrading
03-10-2002, 04:19 AM
Its hard to say without seeing how he looks.Are his arms a weak bodypart or are they pretty well proportioned with the rest of his body,10lb per inch might not be totally accurate,but hes certainly gonna have to put some serious weigh on him to add 3".Personally I think 11 is pretty tiny,I would'nt even isolate them,prolly just chins,dips,bent rowing,deadlifts,squats etc.

Budiak
03-10-2002, 07:32 AM
Well, I've heard that a good formula is that for every 10lbs of weight, if you work your whole body correctly, it will mean one inch added to arms.

Lets see...3 inches, at ten pounds an inch, 30 lbs...roughly 3500cals a pound...


Holy crap! Thats a lot of tuna!

body
03-10-2002, 08:08 AM
that 87.5 kg of tuna or 192 pounds of tuna.
that nearly my body weight in tuna.
that would not make appetising eating. especailly from brine.

syntekz
03-10-2002, 08:09 AM
There isn't really a set time that can be given. Depends on too many things. But he will get gains very quickly either way.

Ferdo
03-10-2002, 11:12 AM
With 11 inch arms i would reccomend the juice. It takes along time to grow without it. But patience is the key.

Podium Kreatin
03-10-2002, 11:24 AM
juice at 17? ka-rayz-eh!
we do't even know how he lifts,eat, etc. i used to be that age that size, emphasize USED TO

HighlyFanatic; did u mean 3x a week to lift, or just biceps?

Short N Buff
03-10-2002, 11:24 AM
I htink what u guys are saying is discouraging, altho i do agree w/ soem of you. Your brother should post here rather than you so ppl can help him directly than thru u. I think he'll be able to have 14 in arms but it'll take a while. As long as he's dedicated, good things will happn :D

Leviathan
03-10-2002, 01:18 PM
At 11' biceps and a beginner in training, I'd also say a little over a year of hard training and good diet. After a year, however, it'll take longer for his biceps to grow as they get bigger.

I went from 12' biceps to 16' biceps in about a year and half. It took me another year alone to get to 17' biceps (note: I measure them flexed).

Short N Buff
03-10-2002, 04:01 PM
Wow leviathan. Your arms increased >50% mass (some of the arm is bone)? is that real..what did u do to gain that much?

Leviathan
03-10-2002, 05:03 PM
6-8 meals per day, clean bulking foods (tuna, lean cut red meats, grilled chicken breasts), lots of sleep (8 hours/night), good supplementation plan (taking advantage of post-workout 'anabolic window'), and intense low-rep training.

Really simple actually, just need the discipline to follow it for a long time.

body
03-10-2002, 05:11 PM
well he been following the advice thats given out, so to say it can't be done like that, then most of us are giving poor advice.

HighlyFanatic
03-11-2002, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by TreeTrunks
If he is a beginner at lifting, at 11" biceps i am going to assume he is, he should have no problrm if he lifts hard and intense and eats right with no slacking in a little over a year gain 3". After about his first year of training he won't see gains like that again, most people don't that is.

cool thx.

jagleaso
03-11-2002, 04:42 PM
My biceps gained almost 3 inches last summer.
When I started working out they were at 11.5 inches (flexed) and I wieghed 160lbs at 6 feet. At the end of the summer I was measuring 14 inches (flexed) at biceps and wieghed in at about 180. Still at 6 feet tall. I took no supplements.