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    20 lbs weight gain = 1 inch added to arms

    I have seen this approximation used several times, and it seemed to be true for me on my last bulk. Does this also apply to calves? I am trying to put on 25 more pounds by June, will this add an inch+ to my chopsticks?
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    Hopefully, although I guess that depends on your genetics and your training. My calves outgrow my arms by a long way, but I know some people have awful trouble trying to get their calves to grow.

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    my arms grew about 2" with maybe 10-15lbs difference, durring my arm growing days so its definatly not absoulute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    my arms grew about 2" with maybe 10-15lbs difference, durring my arm growing days so its definatly not absoulute.
    Your arms grew 2" with a 10lb weight increase? That's incredible if that's possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HahnB View Post
    Your arms grew 2" with a 10lb weight increase? That's incredible if that's possible.
    i weighed about 140 and my arms were around 15" right around my senor year, after highschool i wanted them to be huge and realized my training was lacking bad, so i dedicated a day a week just for arms and shoulders and in less then two years time i put on two inches and only got up to 150lbs BW.
    i fell way short of my goal getting them to be 20" in the year 2000. Now im just trying to get them to 18" by 2008
    every one here will probably laugh at me and say i over trained them, but there were days at the gym i would stay for 5 hours working on bi's, tri's and delts (should have hit the delts more though) but the amazing thing was that they grew fast during that time. and i have been natural all my life
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    i weighed about 140 and my arms were around 15" right around my senor year, after highschool i wanted them to be huge and realized my training was lacking bad, so i dedicated a day a week just for arms and shoulders and in less then two years time i put on two inches and only got up to 150lbs BW.
    i fell way short of my goal getting them to be 20" in the year 2000. Now im just trying to get them to 18" by 2008
    every one here will probably laugh at me and say i over trained them, but there were days at the gym i would stay for 5 hours working on bi's, tri's and delts (should have hit the delts more though) but the amazing thing was that they grew fast during that time. and i have been natural all my life

    So at a bodyweight of 150 lbs you had 17 inch arms (naturally)? And put in 5 hour workouts for them to boot?

    Maybe they were 17 inches immediately after one of those 5 hour workouts....To put your claim in perspective here's something to consider. If arms are 17 inches cold, then after a grueling workout they should be around 19 or close. This would put them around the same size as Arnold's when he was at a bodyweight of 240 and winning Mr. Olympia titles.

    You must have the world's best genetics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    i weighed about 140 and my arms were around 15" right around my senor year, after highschool i wanted them to be huge and realized my training was lacking bad, so i dedicated a day a week just for arms and shoulders and in less then two years time i put on two inches and only got up to 150lbs BW.
    i fell way short of my goal getting them to be 20" in the year 2000. Now im just trying to get them to 18" by 2008
    every one here will probably laugh at me and say i over trained them, but there were days at the gym i would stay for 5 hours working on bi's, tri's and delts (should have hit the delts more though) but the amazing thing was that they grew fast during that time. and i have been natural all my life
    so you're the mofo curling in the power rack!!!!

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    It's a decent rule of thumb.
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    That seems a bit too simplistic to me. I think it depends on your training and your genetics. After all, someone could add 20 lbs of fat and have most of it carried in the abdominals. Its really up to your genetic makeup where you lose or add weight more quickly than other areas. Metabolism and genetics, along with your training and nutrition seem by far too complicated to sum it up in such a general rule to go by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    That seems a bit too simplistic to me. I think it depends on your training and your genetics. After all, someone could add 20 lbs of fat and have most of it carried in the abdominals. Its really up to your genetic makeup where you lose or add weight more quickly than other areas. Metabolism and genetics, along with your training and nutrition seem by far too complicated to sum it up in such a general rule to go by.
    That might be why I said 'Rule of Thumb'. If you prefer, I will use the word 'generally'.
    Squats work better than supplements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg View Post
    That might be why I said 'Rule of Thumb'. If you prefer, I will use the word 'generally'.

    No, once again "rule of thumb" or "generally" seems to be inaccurate as well. I just feel its more complicated than that and it would be too hard to sum it up like that.
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    Calves seem like they would grow a little bit faster than arms. At least, I hope they would.

    Though this does depend on genetics as well. I've seen some people with calves that look like a bone while my calves are quite large for my size/weight.
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    I gained 60 lbs and added just over 2 inches on my arms. That's only 1 inch per 30 lbs gained. However, I focused much of my effort on getting stronger in the power lifts, not necessarily training for size. How you train and what you focus on makes a big difference.
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    no i have the worlds best workouts *sarcasim = sarcasim*
    pumped they were 1/2" bigger.

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    bah, no i never curl in a squat rack, that is made for leg work, yes it annoys me to when people curl in a squat rack cause there to lazy to pick the bar up off the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    bah, no i never curl in a squat rack, that is made for leg work, yes it annoys me to when people curl in a squat rack cause there to lazy to pick the bar up off the floor.
    So you dont like it when you go get a drink in between a set of your squats only to come back to some skinny dude curling the bar in your squat rack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    So you dont like it when you go get a drink in between a set of your squats only to come back to some skinny dude curling the bar in your squat rack?
    Wow you need to squat more if someone is curling that weight
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddegroff View Post
    Wow you need to squat more if someone is curling that weight
    oh boy..good one :P

    obviously im implying they took the weight off you were squating while you were getting your drink..but fair enough, i set myself up for that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    oh boy..good one :P

    obviously im implying they took the weight off you were squating while you were getting your drink..but fair enough, i set myself up for that one
    That has never happend to me, I would do whatever it takes so they know not to do it again.
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    or that is one tuff skinny dude i wouldnt mess with if he's curlin the weight im squating with.

    i used to say "if you cant lift the weight thats on the bar, better ask someone if you can take it off."

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