I think part of the confusion comes from the concept of balance.
You won’t get truly big arms if you have no back, no shoulders, no core and no legs.
As others have said, the compound lifts will do a good job of putting on sizeable quantities of mass and building a foundation.
At some point, you may need to move beyond laying the foundation…[/quote]
I can understand presenting this info in ways that almost FORCES newbies to stop ONLY doing curls when they hit the gym, but the idea has been taken to an extreme now. It is being recommended to every single person who logs in and I find that to be out of touch with reality. I am all filled up with happiness that Chad has degrees. So do I. I also know that someone should be focusing on ALL of it. I can see a benefit for a newbie to spend some time on those “full body exercises”. I trained with a large focus on that for about two years…but I still did direct arm work.
In other words, while I can see why extremes have been presented in order to break the chain when it comes to newbies ONLY focusing on arms, it is taken too far when they begin completely avoiding direct work for that body part. I am very glad I never did that. I never really had any “balance issues”. The only body part on me that truly lagged at one time was calves and possibly hamstrings. I currently try to focus more on both.
While no newbie should even be thinking “what are my weak points?” because everything is a weak point, they should also not be neglecting body parts. I have not read many of these articles on this site, however, when this was presented to me by one newbie last year, he provided a link to one article here and it turned out that he read the article wrong. It said nothing about getting rid of direct arm work altogether.