"This Is A Lesson You MUST Learn In Order To Build Big Muscular Arms"
When I first started out weight training, I was motivated and ambitious. I remember seeing a picture of Lance Dreher (80's body builder) and was simply mesmerized by the size and shape of his arms. His arms had this square look to them, that seemed to take on a life of their own, with a garden sized hose sized vein running right through them. His arms exuded power and beauty at the same time.
Below is a picture of his arms in mid curl.
I was 15 at the time (Back in the ‘85) and nothing was going to stop me from attaining that type of development for my arms. My arms were going to bust out of my t-shirts, just like Lance’s arms did.
After reading all the popular muscle building books, such as MuslceMag and Muscle and Fitness, I dove right in and started doing the routines of the body building pro's. I hit the weights, hard and heavy, doing the Arnold workouts from start to finish. I took my 120 pound body to it’s limits, and more, each and every workout.
After a couple of months of this, I noticed that I wasn’t making any progress whatsoever. My arms didn’t look anywhere near Lance’s. My pythons stretched the tape to just over 14 inches.
Looking back, I can see now that I was a complete noob with no idea or understanding of progression, technique, or nutrition. I started doing 20 to 25 sets per body part and trying to go hard and heavy on each of those sets. Right off the bat, I went heavy doing 2 to 3 repetitions, just like the pro’s. I wanted to jump to the advanced level without paying my dues.
You see, besides not being a drugged up pro body builder, I was a total beginner with no inner body awareness or understanding of progression. Progression being the dominant word here.
You see, progression is defined as “forward or onward movement”in the dictionary and correctly sums up the entire muscle building process. That is, in order to make progression, there needs to be a beginning.
Proper progression starts with a beginning.
My problem was that I didn't give my body and brain a proper place to start in order to have a progression plan in place. I jumped to a pro body building routine right from the start when I should have started at a place where my body could make proper muscle growth progression.
This is one of the most important lessons I can give anyone trying to build muscle mass.
You must have a starting point. This means starting out slowly and using weights that provide your brain and body with a starting foundation. How are you supposed to build a house when you don't know where to start? It’s like trying to put up the sides of a house with no foundation. What do you think’s going to happen?
The same goes for your body.
Building muscle is a progression of short, physical improvements - That's it. You need to have a starting point and build upon that starting point in order to make these improvements. After each cycle of improvements, you take a short rest and you start the process all over, but at this time, at a higher level than your previous start.
I’ve been in this game for over 20 years and if there is one lesson that I think you must understand, it’s this concept. Once you understand this principle, everything will fall into place. With that in mind, I’ve structured the big arm routine on this principle. After reading the big arm guide, you will notice that your not making the jump to super heavy weights right off the bat. You may even think it looks quite easy and straight forward.
Bingo! This is what building muscle is all about. Start slow and progress to higher and higher levels of intensity until your workouts are taking your body to levels you never thought possible. You do this in “weight training cycles” and over time, you will notice your muscles getting, bigger, bigger, and bigger.
This is how it’s done and something I am showing you in the big arms guide. Please, don’t let anyone tell you different. Building muscle (and big arms) is all about progression.
Alright, consider this your first lesson on building big arms. You might want to stay tuned for my next email because this will be your second lesson on building big arms and something your going to have to understand. Look for my next email in 4 days.
Until next time,
As the owner of Building Muscle 101, I am committed to providing you the best practical weight training advice. I've been training for over 24 years (and still train to this day!) and the advice and guidance I provide comes directly from my experience and knowledge.
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