I was chatting to one of my friends about our workouts, and he told me he's developed a split bicep. Now I was under the impression that this was a question of genetics.
A few points to take into account:
*He's quite ripped. His bf% hasn't increased past 12% in the last year and a half.
*With that in mind, he initially did not have a split in his bicep.
*The split began like any other cut. Initially it was barely noticable but now it stands out like dogs balls.
Another thing we discovered is that the split only began appearing when he changed his bicep routine to incorporate incline curls. The one's where your grip is underhand throughout the whole movement.
I suppose the only way to test this is for me to incorporate it and see what happens. Anyone know anything about this?
What split are you talking about? If he is flexing, are you talking on top of the bicep, or between his forearm and his bicep muscle?
To the best of my understanding, if you you are referring to the first, everybody has that. It's a muscle that can be targeted.
If you are talking about the later, that is genetics. I am one of those people who has a lot of space between his bicep and forearm. 100% genetics.
Last edited by Eszekial; 05-31-2006 at 07:23 PM.
Body Fat: 12%
12% bodyfat isn't that ripped, but anyway if his bodyfat has not increased in a year and a half, then he has not likely put a lot of new muscle (if he is natural). It is next to impossible to put on muscle and not fat to any significant degree. Unless of course you are a newbie or on "assistance"Originally Posted by DAN13L
The split IS genetic, your friend had the genetics for it. Any exercise would have bought it out sooner or later. And unless your friend ONLY did incline curls how could he credit that exercise with developing said split?
It is next to impossible to put on muscle and not fat to any significant degree. Unless of course you are a newbie or on "assistance"
I beg to differ. I've dropped from a size 42 to a 34 and weighed the same give or take a few kilograms the whole time. Obviously my fat level is decreasing and my muscles are getting bigger.
But about the split I am referring about. It's the split that runs along the bicep, not the gap between the forearm and the bicep. His claim is that the incline bicep curl I described above is what targeted it. My claim is that I thought it was irrelevant what exercise was done, as its presence was 100% genetic.
It was always there and just either putting on new mass or losing a little bit more bodyfat brought it out. Unless he's had some kind of surgery, the only way you can alter the muscle is just to make it larger or smaller. Period.
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(numbers are mine)Originally Posted by DAN13L
1. Or overweight. Though as you admit your weight DID vary. Muscle is denser than fat. The same VOLUME of muscle weights more than the same VOLUME of fat.
2. You are correct.