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Poliquin's One Day Arm Cure

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Has anyone ever tried this? I did a search and can only find one person who used it and he admitted that his diet was not up to scratch so he did not get full benefit. He still gained about 1/2 and inch on each arm though.

I tend to think it’s mostly a myth. I did it, years ago, did everything scrupulously, and maybe gained an eighth of an inch when the swelling had died down. Think there have been threads on this.

It’s a bullshit routine. You can beat the shit out of a lagging muscle but you don’t need to spend a whole freakin’ day doing it.

Shame. I’m still tempted to give it a go though. As I don’t do any direct bicep or tricep work then it may be that I get some results.

Why o why don’t you do any direct bicep and tricep work?

I focus on mutlijoint exercises for functional strength. The only reason I haul my arse into the gym is to improve at my sport.

I think I am right in saying that Chad Waterbury, whose writings I like a lot, says that direct work arm work is not necessary. Benching, push presses, etc work the triceps and chins, rows etc hit the biceps.

[quote]JamesA wrote:
I focus on mutlijoint exercises for functional strength. The only reason I haul my arse into the gym is to improve at my sport.

I think I am right in saying that Chad Waterbury, whose writings I like a lot, says that direct work arm work is not necessary. Benching, push presses, etc work the triceps and chins, rows etc hit the biceps.
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Not necessary for what?

I’m sorry, but avoiding any form of direct isolation work not the right approach in my opinion - but hey as long as it’s working for you and your functional strength.

TV, not necessary for building transferable strength for rucking, scrummaging and mauling (aka rugby).

RSG, depends why you are training. If you are looking to get bigger, look good on the beach etc then direct work is a good idea.

MODOK, the reason for looking at the one day arm cure is variation and looking to push myself in different ways. 4 years have chins, rows, cleans etc have added 4.5 inches to my arms and they are proportionate to the rest of my body. Adding another 1/2 inch will not hurt though!

[quote]JamesA wrote:
I focus on mutlijoint exercises for functional strength. The only reason I haul my arse into the gym is to improve at my sport.

I think I am right in saying that Chad Waterbury, whose writings I like a lot, says that direct work arm work is not necessary. Benching, push presses, etc work the triceps and chins, rows etc hit the biceps.

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James, in regards to quoting Chad, please mind that he says that about the first two years of training. He is not above arm training or isolation movements as long as they are properly used in a program/schedule.

Look at his latest articles and his Ultimate Triceps article and you see what I mean.

If however you do wish to do something along the line of a one-day cure use Vince Gironda’s program.

Three short workout sessions a day, spaced 4-6 hours apart

Take two exercises and do 3 sets of 6 in the first session, 3 sets of 8 in the second and 3 sets of 10 in the third.

I tried this version years ago (I wasn’t training arms directly either) and did it 4 Sunday’s in a row and added about a 1/2 inch to each arm.

Nothing spectacular like the inch a day some of these programs claim but solid gains nonetheless.

Make sure you eat everything that is not nailed down on that day though, and the next :slight_smile:

Marc

MODOK, I agree Saturdays are precious which is why I posted looking for people’s opinions. Supposedly the routine causes soreness for many days afterwards. Did this disrupt your normal training? I could put up with using up a Saturday but if it affected a whole week then that would be the nail in the coffin.

Marc, Thanks for pointing that one out. I suspected after I had posted that the paraphrase of Chad’s view was an over simplification.

[quote]JamesA wrote:
I think I am right in saying that Chad Waterbury, whose writings I like a lot, says that direct work arm work is not necessary. Benching, push presses, etc work the triceps and chins, rows etc hit the biceps.
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I almost think these are trolls posting just to get Professor X riled up. He avoids arm work because he THINKS Waterbury may have said to, and then when his arms don’t grow to his satisfaction, rather than just adding arm work to a normal routine, he tries to fix the problem in one day? Not to mention the fact that he claims to just be interested in functional strength but clearly wants big arms? It’s like the perfect storm.

Oh God, not another one.

[quote]Fulmen wrote:
Oh God, not another one.[/quote]

This is fucken ridiculous. The lack of criticism leads me to believe that people believe no direct work is a good approach?

Jesus H. do you even know what functional strength is?

Tried it about 8 or 9 years, followed it to the T; believe me there is NOTHING miraculous about it.