This may be impossible. I’ve been bodybuilding/powerlifting 13 years and reached a bodyweight of about 195lbs with 17" arms. Height 5’9’’ I put on too much fat, felt crappy, and have now cut to 182lbs.
My arms are already back down to 16" maybe a fraction less. This always happens when I cut weight–I lose in the forearms/calfs/arms before finally trimming from the core. My Chest has always been rather overdeveloped relative to the triceps–same for back to Biceps–its almost cartoonish–think Mighty Mouse! When I gain too much fat it looks very blocky.
So I’ve been trying to correct this imbalance by doing less flat bench, increasing tricep work and cutting mass while preserving the upper arms. But it isn’t working–they’re shrinking.
Poliquin has mentioned this 15lbs bodyweight per 1" on upper arms and I think he is right.
I have been trying to shock the arms by working them 5 times a week, but I plan to keep cutting till I hit about 168lbs, which would be around 7% bodyfat. This is to see if I can do it–plan to say around 175lbs.
At this rate, I predict I’ll lose at least down to 15 1/2 arms, which is what they were back in 2003, the last time I did an extreme cut from 174lbs to about 158lbs. 4 years to get to 17 and all gone!!
My long term goal is to hit about 178lbs at 8% bodyfat. However, I can’t keep bulking and cutting. Being 195 just killed my performance–I crosstrain in gymnastics/breakdancing/martial arts. The stress on the wrists and joints with that extra weight and the loss of relative strength is not worth it.
What do you guys think–keep high frequency training on the triceps? Boost calories for 1 week to slow the loss, then resume the cut? Cycle this way till I creep down toward 170lbs?
Or just figure the arms are going to shrink while getting “ripped.”