This from the front but big from the side?

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    Sep 06, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    I have been working out for about 6 years and I love it, just rejoined my question is; I have gotten really good size on my arms from the side but for some reason they look skinny as hell (toothpick size) from the front and back. a usual arm workout for me consists of... 2 days a week, 34 bicep curls, 34 preacher curls, 34 pull ups. Any advice?
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    Sep 06, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Because you don't do any exercises that target the triceps. The triceps make up a large portion of your upper arms. Think of it as a cradle for your biceps. Add some triceps exercises to your routine and you'll see the difference.
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    Sep 06, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBecause you don't do any exercises that target the triceps. The triceps make up a large portion of your upper arms. Think of it as a cradle for your biceps. Add some triceps exercises to your routine and you'll see the difference.


    True that. I am a hard gainer as well. And, once I added various tricep exercises (and the Mighty Pushup Challenge), I was starting to get all kinds of complements on my "iron pipes".

    Also, are you logging your workouts and pushing the amount of weight up incrementally?
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    Sep 06, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    I noticed that you didn't mention any triceps exercises. The triceps make up approximately 2/3 of the total size of your arms. If you work only the biceps, your arms won't look as muscular as they could. I'd recommend adding some close grip presses, skull crushers, overhead triceps extensions, etc. to round out your arm workouts. You can easily find descriptions of these exercises by googling them. Now get to it and make those guns grow! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    Put a pebble behind your mirror to give it a convex shape. That'll make your arms look bigger. icon_biggrin.gif
    PS. I only said that because the correct answer has already been stated...work triceps.
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    Sep 06, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    Too much for your biceps, and not enough variety.
    I'd strongly urge you to do biceps only one day a week, and add triceps to that other day, just triceps.

    For biceps, add wide grip straight bar curls to target the brachii, which will both thicken your arm and push the biceps up to help give shape to the peak.

    For tri's, in addition to push downs and dips, do straight bar behind the head seated extensions, with a medium close grip, as well as the following exercise for the long head that will truly give you a deep thick sweep, here's how it works:

    place a flat bench perpendicular between a cable cross-over slightly more than half way. Lower the cable guide to 3/4 of the way down the rail and use a rope attachment.
    Face down, knees on the ground, feet behind you and elbows resting on the bench in front of you, pull the cable from behind your head forward - a laying tricep extension. Keep your stomach tucked and your head down and your butt pulled down as far as possible. Get a full extension and nail it there, then as you release back slowly get a full bend and stretch that long head, really push your core down and feel that stretch, even flex your biceps, then press again.

    Work this into your routine and within four to six weeks you'll see your arms thicken, trust me.
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    Dude, you're young.. although I weighed more than you in 8th grade lol... Keep working out and eat alot of protein. Make sure you emphasize heavy, basic exercises. Bench presses, squats, deadlifts etc. You have plenty of time to gain mass and you will if you stick with it.
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    Sep 06, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's the triceps that make up the bulk of your upper arms.

    Check out tricep exercises here on RJ.
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    Sep 06, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    I don't think arms should be much of any emphasis for you at your stage of development. As you build your chest and back, your arms will grow too. Be careful not to overtrain when you are an ectomorph. Building legs will help everything grow. I concur with sdgman: squats, deadlift, benchpress. Eat lots, workout hard, rest lots. Worry about your arms once you've added 3" to your chest. You might be surprised how much they've already developed after reaching that goal.

    Oh and BTW you look great right now! I don't think your arms are disproportionately thin.


  • mybud

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    Sep 06, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    Work your triceps more by doin skull crushers and dead lifts in the mix......BUD
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    Sep 06, 2010 5:47 AM GMT
    camfer saidI don't think arms should be much of any emphasis for you at your stage of development. As you build your chest and back, your arms will grow too. Be careful not to overtrain when you are an ectomorph. Building legs will help everything grow. I concur with sdgman: squats, deadlift, benchpress. Eat lots, workout hard, rest lots. Worry about your arms once you've added 3" to your chest. You might be surprised how much they've already developed after reaching that goal.

    Oh and BTW you look great right now! I don't think your arms are disproportionately thin.


    This; by having a proper balance of exercises that involve all of the body's muscles, then the body is going to continue growing. If not, then you're going to just hit a plateau; maybe look oddly proportioned on top of that.
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    Sep 07, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    well cool thanks guys!COLORED TEXT GOES HERERESIZED TEXT GOES HERE