[quote]That One Guy wrote:
No. Try doing a day dedicated to Pulling/Pushing, no curling. That should work for your bi’s and tri’s among other things…
I personally don’t think recommending no direct arm work is a smart thing to do. If you don’t work a bodypart directly, you just won’t get full development. Period.
That’s like saying you should get all your calf work from doing squats. If you don’t directly stimulate a muscle, you won’t get maximum development.
I fell into this idea with shoulder training, now my delts are nonexistent with traps, then bone sticking out, then down to my arms. I regret not doing direct work, you might too.
Now i do have close grip chins and Weighted Dips as my main mass builders for arms but i have curls and extensions in there as well.[/quote]
Good post. I was hoping that “avoid all isolation work” mentality was dying off but apparently there are some who still think that makes sense.
Everything in bodybuilding that works for some people does not adhere to the supposed “training laws” that are touted by personal trainers. Do you know when my arms grew the fastest in the shortest amount of time? When I was training them 3 days a week as a beginner in college. Even when I did other body parts as my main focus that day, I would jump and do a few sets of curls, mostly for no other reason than I wanted to leave the gym with a pump in my arms because I had to pass the girls’ dorms. Was that the smartest way to approach training? No. Did it work? Yes.
There were several months where me and two other guys who I used to train with would do pull ups as the first thing we did when we got to the gym. It was like our “warm up” before we did anything else. Did I overtrain my back? No. It grew bigger and stronger and to this day I am glad I spent that time doing that.
Bottom line, there are things that are not conventional that DO work for some people. That doesn’t mean it is the best way for all or even most people to train. However, to ignore that it can work for some people is absolutely ridiculous. Biology adapts. It always has and always will as long as this planet supports life.