Measuring arm size. What do you post in your profile?

  • UncleverName

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    Mar 30, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    When I was 20, I started a training program to increase the size of my arms. That's when I started measuring. And because it's bigger when flexed, that's how I measured it.
    Since learning more about bodybuilding, I've realized that the proper way to measure your arm size is un-flexed. It turns out that that's not nearly as flattering. Mine was posted when flexed, but I just updated it to unflexed. Makes about a 1.5 inch difference.

    My question is, how do most people measure their arms to get the number that they put in their profile?
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    Mar 30, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    1.5 inches difference? That's quite marked. Mine only changes by less than half an inch. If you measure your arm by bending your elbow 90 degrees, there should be a natural flex.

    By the way your body and arms look good, does it matter what the tape measure says?
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 30, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    I've always done my measurements while flexing the particular muscle. I was reading an article somewhere (I can't remember where, so I can't direct you to it) about where to measure to get accurate measurements and it did mention to flex.

    At the end of the day I don't think it matters much.
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    Mar 30, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidI've realized that the proper way to measure your arm size is un-flexed.


    Where'd you get that? The arms are, in fact, the only body part that you get to measure flexed, cause there is such a large diff between flexed and unflexed.

    My rule (and from what I can tell, that of most pro bodybuilders) is that you measure everything relaxed EXCEPT the arms. But I'm willing to be overturned given enough authoritative references icon_smile.gif

    Now, cold versus pumped is always left ambiguous, and my rule there is that you just be consistent when tracking over time. If you are posting in a profile, it's "legal" in my view to put pumped measurements, since you're not tracking over time, and in fact, those measurements are real, not lies -- it just takes a bit of work to make them reoccur icon_smile.gif

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  • UncleverName

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    Apr 02, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    I think I read how to measure arms most recently in this Precision Nutrition kit that I got for Christmas. It's great all over, but I'm guessing it was just telling people how measure and sticking to it, as opposed to telling people how to measure arms the way most people measure them.

    So I from now on will measure with arms flexed.
    Thanks for all of the reply's.