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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    How many sets is recomended when workin the arms?

    Currently i do about 5 sets of 8, 6, 4 on my biceps, i was just wonderin if this is to many, and if 3 sets of say 8, 6, 4 is better?

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    j-dearden do you mean you are doing:
    8,6,4
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    8,6,4?

    If that is the cause, it sounds like you are doing 15 sets not 5. And if you are using a balanced routine.. then yes, that sounds like to many sets.
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    3 Sets of 8 - 12 reps I would say.
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    64 sets for 14 inch arms and 120-189 for 16 inch arms...............

    No really, a lot of big guys do no direct arm work, none......
    I do (cause I'm not a big guy and love working my arms), I do the same amount of sets that I do for any other body part

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    I do 2 different movements for my bis 3 sets per (total 6 sets)...So I would say stick with what Drunk in public and Geeper said

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    on my arm day i usually do 8 sets for bis and 8 sets for tris
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    i usually do 8 for bis, and 16 for tris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohizzle
    i usually do 8 for bis, and 16 for tris.

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    I currently do 3 exercises for biceps, and 3 exercises for tri's, and 2 for forearms. I find it works well, is this enough for my arm workout, they are on differant days aswell.

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    I do 3 exercies for biceps and 3 for triceps also

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    Not sure how many...do I count compounds? For example on pull day i'll do like say,

    3x6 deads
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    3x6 bbell curls so iguess at the moment I'm just doing 3 for bi's. and for tri's I don't think im goin any direct work for them... jsut benching and shoulder presses and I guess the dips work them? so 3 each!

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    you want big strong arms, WORK THEM, dont rely on back excersizes to make them grow.

    I got 17" arms from working them, not by doing back.

    I do 4 sets barbell
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    Arm work is overrated, I gave up on it completely.

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    and how big are your arms? how strong are they?

    dont listen to these fools work your arms. end of that
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    sorry what i meant was il do 3 sets of incline curls:

    8, 6, 4

    then 3 sets of barbel curl:

    8, 6, 4

    3 sets of preacher curl:

    8, 6, 4

    and finaly 3 sets of hammer curl:

    8, 6, 4.

    does this sem resonable or to much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-dearden
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    sorry what i meant was il do 3 sets of incline curls:

    8, 6, 4

    then 3 sets of barbel curl:

    8, 6, 4

    3 sets of preacher curl:

    8, 6, 4

    and finaly 3 sets of hammer curl:

    8, 6, 4.

    does this sem resonable or to much?
    That's way too much, especially for one small muscle group. The triceps are bigger than the biceps and make up almost 2/3 of your upper arm. I'd do two sets of dips followed by two sets of barbell curls (super set) Then two sets of close-grip bench followed by two sets of preacher curls (superset). Only four supersets in total but if you are working chest and back heavy that is all the extra work on your arms that you will need. Chest works the triceps and back the biceps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
    and how big are your arms? how strong are they?

    dont listen to these fools work your arms. end of that
    JB, there is no REAL need to work your arms. You can get plenty of work from compound lifts. That being said, I only work my arms DIRECTLY with 2 sets per muscle (bi's, tri's). My arms are worked the rest of the time by compound lifts.

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    I agree with Mex. Most of the compound lifts you would do for an upperbody day would work the bi's and tri's. If your able to do 4 excersizes with 3 sets each on bi's alone, then your either: 1) not doing enough wieght per excersize, 2) not executing proper form, or 3) have 19" arms and I need to STFU.
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    Everybody is different. Some people's arms get the best results with no direct work, just big compound movements. Other people like me and Bohizzle have certain muscle groups that need more volume in order to grow as much as possible. Find what works best for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
    you want big strong arms, WORK THEM, dont rely on back excersizes to make them grow.

    I got 17" arms from working them, not by doing back.

    I do 4 sets barbell
    4sets dumbell
    4sets, reverse or hammers
    Some people grow well from high volume some lower volume, some peoples arms grow well with only compound movements and others need direct training. Just like Josh stated, find out for yourself over time. But dont go spouting off what works for you is the best method.
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    Im confused on this site, are any of you people looking for STRENGTH rather than size?
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    The sites called wannabebig. That being said we all have different goals, but MOST people are here for size. And most people who are going for strength are doing so in regards to powerlifting, not curling lots of weight lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls
    The sites called wannabebig. That being said we all have different goals, but MOST people are here for size. And most people who are going for strength are doing so in regards to powerlifting, not curling lots of weight lol.
    Agreed. The site IS called wannabebig although I am sort of into strength training myself. Well, at least I'm trying to get into it and learn lots of stuff. For the past few months, I've been doing no direct arm work at all, but I'm going to add an arm day just to try it out. I'm planning on 4 sets for bis and 4 sets for tris.

    So, j-dearden, I agree with the others that 12 sets is too much for biceps. Heck, that's about as many sets as I use for larger muscles like my back.

    Try less sets like 4-6 sets. See if that works for you.
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    Well then someone show me the site where Strength, and size matters.

    In my mind wannabebig means VERY STRONG. Im not here to get 20" arms and curl 100lb barbells. I am here to get whatever size arms that come with being able to curl 150's for reps
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