Biceps or Triceps: which one is key?

  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    So, I started this whole bulking up thing a couple of months ago and I've noticed growth primarily in my shoulders. I also have noticed substantial growth in my arms. I haven't experienced a whole lot of growth in my chest, but it definitely has been starting to take form (I understand that this is the hardest muscle group to build up).

    In muscle growth to the arms, which develops larger/faster: biceps or triceps? I know that the biceps are larger than the triceps, but what I've been noticing is that my triceps have grown a lot more than what my biceps have, or at least this is what I think. I work them out equally, but I just feel like that the growth of my arms has been mostly due to the work on my triceps. Could it be this solely because maybe my biceps work more regularly than what my triceps do? Could it be that I just notice it more in my triceps only because they aren't the primary muscle that's functioning in day-to-day activities?
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    Triceps account for 2/3 of your arm's circumference.
  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 06, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTriceps account for 2/3 of your arm's circumference.


    But isn't the bicep bigger than the tricep? Or am I totally wrong? Lol! icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    You are 100% wrong. The triceps is over 2/3 of the lean muscle mass in your upper arm. Look at any anatomy chart.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    jonwaltglat said
    paulflexes saidTriceps account for 2/3 of your arm's circumference.


    But isn't the bicep bigger than the tricep? Or am I totally wrong? Lol! icon_redface.gif
    You're totally wrong.
    But I'd still grope your biceps AND triceps. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I agree it can vary depending on the individual. But my triceps take leaps ahead of my biceps. My triceps even grew a ton when I would just bench and do no isolation exercises for anything else. But then was when I was a newbie to working out...
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    Jan 06, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    Triceps for sure.
  • calibro

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    Jan 06, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    jonwaltglat said
    paulflexes saidTriceps account for 2/3 of your arm's circumference.


    But isn't the bicep bigger than the tricep? Or am I totally wrong? Lol! icon_redface.gif


    look at it logically... bicep... as in 2; triceps... as in 3... you have more muscle to work with in the latter
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    Jan 06, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    The brachialis is important too, hence the need to do hammer curls, but I hope somebody more knowing than me will speak to it.
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    Jan 06, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    Both
  • prime02

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    Jan 06, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    look at any anatomy book, the tricep is a bigger muscle than the bicep.
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 06, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    Like everyone says, how your biceps and triceps respond to the different ways to exercise them is based on the individual person.

    And triceps is the bigger muscle group. Biceps is the muscle that guys like to show off, so it's a (very) common misconception.
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    Jan 06, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    Everyone pretty much said it!
  • justinlee86

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    Jan 06, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    a long time ago someone told me the secret to a big arm is a big triceps. I have been following that philosophy ever since, and I would like to think it works for me.

    and remember bi = two and tri = 3. So, there are three muscles in the triceps and two in the bicep.
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:08 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTriceps account for 2/3 of your arm's circumference.


    What he said
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:11 AM GMT
    Triceps
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    Also remember that chest exercises also work the triceps in some way, and back exercises also work the biceps... so that's something to consider too.
  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 06, 2011 8:52 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone. It's something I obviously didn't think through or investigate. I appreciate your comments (most of your comments - some of you are plain rude)! icon_biggrin.gif
  • kew1

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    jonwaltglat saidThanks everyone. It's something I obviously didn't think through or investigate. I appreciate your comments (most of your comments - some of you are plain rude)! icon_biggrin.gif


    You thought they were rude? icon_eek.gif Not been here long?icon_smile.gif
  • Muscle_Guy78

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    My words to you would just keep working both: bi's and tri's. Tri's are the bigger muscle group so can help fill out those T shirts while bi's give the nice bulge we all love - to see and to squeeze. Keep it up - who doesn't love big arms?
  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 06, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    jonwaltglat saidThanks everyone. It's something I obviously didn't think through or investigate. I appreciate your comments (most of your comments - some of you are plain rude)! icon_biggrin.gif


    You thought they were rude? icon_eek.gif Not been here long?icon_smile.gif


    Eh. More so with just one individual. It's cool. icon_biggrin.gif
  • jonwaltglat

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    Jan 06, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    Muscle_Guy78 saidMy words to you would just keep working both: bi's and tri's. Tri's are the bigger muscle group so can help fill out those T shirts while bi's give the nice bulge we all love - to see and to squeeze. Keep it up - who doesn't love big arms?


    That's what I've been doing. And you're right, we ALL love big arms! icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    justinlee86 saida long time ago someone told me the secret to a big arm is a big triceps. I have been following that philosophy ever since, and I would like to think it works for me.

    and remember bi = two and tri = 3. So, there are three muscles in the triceps and two in the bicep.


    this...I tell that to everyone in the gym that asks me for advise on arms. Definitely hit the tris hard, most people are so biceps orientated and dont pay much attention to tris when its actually having great tris that make that t shirt fill out and look good on your arms.

    Weighted dips are great for tris, if you can find a hammer strength machine for dips I suggest you use it, its one of the few exercises that you can go heavier with tris
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jan 16, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    jonwaltglat saidSo, I started this whole bulking up thing a couple of months ago and I've noticed growth primarily in my shoulders. I also have noticed substantial growth in my arms. I haven't experienced a whole lot of growth in my chest, but it definitely has been starting to take form (I understand that this is the hardest muscle group to build up).

    In muscle growth to the arms, which develops larger/faster: biceps or triceps? I know that the biceps are larger than the triceps, but what I've been noticing is that my triceps have grown a lot more than what my biceps have, or at least this is what I think. I work them out equally, but I just feel like that the growth of my arms has been mostly due to the work on my triceps. Could it be this solely because maybe my biceps work more regularly than what my triceps do? Could it be that I just notice it more in my triceps only because they aren't the primary muscle that's functioning in day-to-day activities?
    actually, your shoulders are the key to getting bigger and better arms
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    Jan 16, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Tris