Negative. OP is 55 kilos. More than 9 kilos short even for Bantamweight.
and? Maybe his next thread will be about gaining weight, but this thread is about dealing with his LAGGING ARMS.
Not trying to gain weight. Lagging arms. You think he should get bigger? Well that's up to him. In the meantime he is more concerned about his arms not growing in proportion to the rest of his body, which is why I have advised him to train his arms more.
Had he asked about gaining weight overall, my advice would have been different. As it stands, if he asks a question, I will answer the question he asks, not the one I think he should be asking, which is what you did.
Strangely, I'm with robert on this one.
Maybe it's because saying that you don't need isolation to maximize hypertrophy is like saying you don't have to eat meat or protein supplements because you get enough protein from beans or eggs. Or that you don't have to deadlift to get a stronger deadlift. Which are sort of true, you can do that. But if you have a goal to achieve something as fast and good as possible, why would we deny that chance?
Yes, OP is quite lightweigth, he can't build huge arms to a 60kg body. That's understood. You have to eat a lot and do compound exercises, that's a given. But if a client/athlete wants bigger arms, then hell, I would add arm work to the program. And it will make a difference. No BB Rows will not work as well to build bigger arms than actual arm training. By adding arm work, you
1: Get more frequency, your arms get to work more, and more often.
2: Get more volume, more reps and sets in addition to all rows and pulls.
3: Increase time under tension for said muscle, more work, more stress, more fatique, more muscle damage.
And suprise suprise, these are some of the main factors of HYPERTROPHY.
Doing isolation work means roughly 5-10 minutes from a workout, if that. A couple of sets. Maybe a superset of exercises. Nothing more is needed. Not like you need an actual arm day to get your guns to grow. If you are really serious, want big improvements and have a little cash, go to the pro. Dan Trink has build one high-rated arm workout protocol: Two ticket's to the gun show.http://www.trinkfitness.com/2-tickets-to-the-gun-show/
well blow me down! Dub I could kiss you.
Matt Z wrote:
I think a lot of people have some funny ideas about what's proportional. ... Most gym rats develop their chest and arms well beyond their legs and back. ... Therefore it's hard to say without actually seeing someone, whether or not his arms are really lagging behind the rest of his body.
Generally, I'd only recommend direct arm work if arms are a genuine weak point.
PS) I used to train like a bodybuilder and did a lot of direct arm work, however I haven't done curls or extensions in years. In that time, I've gotten a lot stronger, and haven't lost anything in muscle size (17" upper arms at 5'6" tall).
I agree with all of this, and definitely think that lagging bodyparts are pretty subjective. If this guy thinks they are lagging then whether or not they would be to me or you, they are to him, so he might as well fix it.
You're a beast fo sho Matt, but I'm sure you'd agree that it's easier to maintain a physique than to build it, and if you decided one day that your arms were lagging behind the rest of you, you'd train them directly?