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WestyHeadbanger
05-12-2003, 06:43 AM
What's the opinnion on what u guys think is decent arm size for the average weekend warrior @ sub 15%.

Relentless
05-12-2003, 07:01 AM
it's all about proportion IMHO

so long as they LOOK good, who cares how big they are?

mixta
05-12-2003, 07:03 AM
I Agree with Callahan

Beast
05-12-2003, 10:18 AM
Interesting thread, Westy. I'm 5'9" and mine are 15".
Aren't arms supposed to be the same size as calves to be "in proportion"?

galileo
05-12-2003, 10:53 AM
Mine are a little over 15" at 165lbs. If I weighed more, I'd expect them to be bigger, obviously.

BCC
05-12-2003, 11:07 AM
A buddy of mine is 5'9 175 with 16" arms @ 7 percent, and his arms look pretty respectable if you ask me.

Saint Patrick
05-12-2003, 11:47 AM
I'm 5'8" and my arms are like 15.5 cold flexed.

My goal is to have 17's

Minotaur
05-12-2003, 12:08 PM
I'm 5'5", about 200lbs (my goal is 180-185) with 16.5" arms. My goal is 17". So for 5'9" I'd say anything over 16-17" is good.

steveo
05-12-2003, 12:48 PM
I'm 5'8" and I have 27" arm

BennettBoy
05-12-2003, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by BigChaseyChase
A buddy of mine is 5'9 175 with 16" arms @ 7 percent, and his arms look pretty respectable if you ask me.

I got to agree. Since I've been cutting I'm now down to like 167 lbs. at 7%ish myself and my arms are still in the 16" range. Folks tell me all the time I have big arms. Proportion is the key as Cal said.

steveo
05-12-2003, 12:59 PM
Agree, seriously though I have noticed that when I cut my arms get bigger than after I have bulked. I measured them. Last time I bulked and they got to 16.5" and after I finished cutting from 14%-9% they were a little over 17" and I'm 5'8" and I've always had big arms I was a former curl jockey, but I think my tricepts got bigger and my brother who is my mirror would tell me that they looked big but they fit the rest of my body. so proportion is key if you have big arms you must have big everything.

AstronautJones
05-12-2003, 02:51 PM
I agree, proportion is key. <--------------- rhymes :D

Rastaman
05-12-2003, 03:33 PM
For that height, I'd say a cut 15-16 inches would be very respectable.

Package
05-12-2003, 04:09 PM
I would agree with the 16 to 17 range. However dont make that your complete goal because it can become a "Mental Sticking Point", in my opinion!

ryan1117
05-12-2003, 04:46 PM
Weight lifted is more important!:D But then again, I have a biased opinion since I'm more interested in powerlifting than bodybuilding!

FuriousFerret
05-12-2003, 09:42 PM
I'm 5'8" and a tad under 15" cold. Respectable, definately at the workplace I get props, however at the gym I'm a pipsqueak.

Alex.V
05-12-2003, 09:44 PM
Depends how lean. I mean, sh*t, a lean 16" arm is FAR more impressive than a fat 18" arm. And a shredded 15" arm is arguably more impressive still.

orbital
05-12-2003, 09:45 PM
If you aren't over 20' you are a joke pfft.

Ironman15
05-12-2003, 10:01 PM
How about for a guy 5'6"? About 7-9% bodyfat

Alex.V
05-12-2003, 10:03 PM
If you gotta ask, then they're not impressive.

WestyHeadbanger
05-13-2003, 12:57 AM
Thanks Belial but my arms are fookin huge. I was just wondering when to stop working out.

Sayiajin Prince
05-13-2003, 01:20 AM
well im 5'8" and my arms are 30"
pfft. losers

mikey4402
05-13-2003, 01:23 AM
Originally posted by WestyHeadbanger
Thanks Belial but my arms are fookin huge. I was just wondering when to stop working out.

why would you stop working out?

Sayiajin Prince
05-13-2003, 01:29 AM
they will shrink if u stop working out. body adapts to both stress and lazyness

Scooby-Doo
05-13-2003, 01:31 AM
Cause his arms would be big enough!

Now only If you could keep them from shrinking... ;)

Sayiajin Prince
05-13-2003, 01:40 AM
shrinkage is never good ;)

MMM
05-13-2003, 08:40 AM
Arms are one thing that I always get complimented on. I'm 5'9" 178lbs now and they are 18"flexed. They were slightly bigger, but I haven't done much curling lately. It is mostly tris IMO and I just started that Westside program that has a lot of tri work so I'm going to have to start curling more soon too just to keep a little balance.

Mans
05-13-2003, 09:11 AM
I'm 5'9 196 lbs. My arms are 16.5" cold flexed and I feel I need another 1.5" for them to be impressive.

MMM for you to have 18" arms at 178 lbs seems a bit out of proportion to me.

MMM
05-13-2003, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by Mans
I'm 5'9 196 lbs. My arms are 16.5" cold flexed and I feel I need another 1.5" for them to be impressive.

MMM for you to have 18" arms at 178 lbs seems a bit out of proportion to me.
I will admit, I have no legs, but I am working on it. I have small bones too which makes my arms look bigger yet. I measured my wrists and it was only 6-3/4":( When I weighed 202, I had my arms at 18-3/4". I've never had a problem with arm size, even when I haven't lifted for a year I'm sure they were still over 16. I'm not trying to be a bodybuilder, so I don't care all that much about being well proportioned. If you don't believe me, I can always take a pic.

Mans
05-13-2003, 02:39 PM
No no, no need for that. It was just an observation. I have the same problem with my wrists, they're just a bit over 7".

howsertrading
05-13-2003, 02:46 PM
"I have the same problem with my wrists, they're just a bit over 7"."

Your wrists are not small,7" is average.

Rastaman
05-13-2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by MMM
Arms are one thing that I always get complimented on. I'm 5'9" 178lbs now and they are 18"flexed. They were slightly bigger, but I haven't done much curling lately. It is mostly tris IMO and I just started that Westside program that has a lot of tri work so I'm going to have to start curling more soon too just to keep a little balance.


18 inch arms at 5'9, 178? Do you have any pics?

b33fc4ke
05-13-2003, 04:06 PM
I am 5'10" and i have approx 17" flexed arms

MMM
05-13-2003, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by Rastaman



18 inch arms at 5'9, 178? Do you have any pics?
I knew there would be someone who didn't believe me.:rolleyes:
Here you go.

Rock
05-14-2003, 12:24 AM
looking good MMM, good size.

I think Jean Claude Van Damme in kickboxer, and the most of his movies, has respectable, nice, strong looking arms.