Hey guys. I feel a little self conscious posting this, but I just had a pleasant but odd surprise. BTW, get your minds out of the gutter.
I was reading a post earlier where someone was citing a study that seemed to support the belief that direct arm work was not necessary when using large compound exercises, etc. My point it not to argue the real life applications of this study. Professor X, among others, laid into the idea, saying something to the effect that it would not hold up when applied across a wide sample and that you will rarely find anyone with an arm size 18" or up that does not do direct arm work.
Anyway, this thought stuck with me all the way through my workout. You see, I rarely if ever do direct arm work. I mainly rotate workouts among samples given by Chad Waterbury over the last few years. It occurred to me that I did not know my arm measurement, actually had not even thought about it in years.
By the time I got home I had to know. I pulled out my wife's tape measure, all the while having my wife laugh at me about a 43 year old measuring his biceps like a teenager. I was surprised to find out that my bicep measurement is 18 1/4 inches. I was actually quite surprised. I remember all my life thinking that an 18" bicep was huge. Now, not so much.
My main question in all of this is how many of us as lifters have a type of reverse anorexia? I don't really think of myself as all that big. But as I think about it, hardly a day goes by that someone in the course of business or social life doesn't make some kind of comment about me playing ball, wrestling, cracking heads or something silly like that.
I rarely comment, just smile and continue whatever I was doing. Since measuring my arms, I starting doing a mental inventory. I am barely 5' 10". I weigh about 230lbs. Forearms are approx. 14". Neck and calf 17". Thighs are a little over 25", but some intense IT band pain has limited any direct thigh work for a bit. If I was reading these stats in a sports program, I would think the man pretty healthy. But not when the man is me.
So what do you think? Do you guys see yourselves as bigger or smaller than you really are? Is this common, or just common to our little sub culture? I'm interested to see what others think.