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Bigger Arms

For many, the quest to obtain muscular arms is often a road to despair. The first secret is that you can't build big arms on a small body. You can't have a well-developed body without also having well-developed arms.

If you want big arms, your priority should be to get really strong in perfect form in the squat, deadlift or stiff-legged deadlift, beach press or dip, press or dumbbell press, and/or chin pulldown or row. Throw in 2-4 exercises (including curls) to round out the above program. The rational is by building up to using heavy weights - pound by pound, slow and steady - that builds big arm muscles. Think about this, your arm muscles help you in 80% of all your exercises.

You won't build up to substantially bigger weights in just a few months. Figure on a couple of years of devote loyalty to a basics-first program, training each exercise no more often than three times every two weeks (once a week per exercise is an even better frequency for most people).

This advice runs counter to what you can usually read elsewhere or see applied in most gyms. Train hard, get much stronger in good form in a handful of exercise, and your arms will grow much bigger than they ever could while following arm specialization programs.

Rick Gusler is a certified personal trainer and diet nutritionist who serves his clients through Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center in central Denver. To schedule a free consultation, or to learn more about the Gusler method of body sculpting, spin yoga, or Rick's Boot Camp, please contact him at 303.860.7131 or online at

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