[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
I think I gave my opinion on this a while ago on a different thread, but when I started training, my arms were 14" (and I thought I looked pretty ‘athletic’, from martial arts, boxing, and shotput). Once I reached 16", I felt that I looked like a ‘bodybuilder’, not just someone who played sports (I’m 5’9, with a pretty small boned frame, so of course this may be different for someone else). At 17", I thought I was hyooooge. At 18", I was honestly shocked, but couldn’t really argue with any sincerity when someone would tell me that I had big arms (I always try to feign humility when complimented -lol).
I also do very little direct arm work. While I get a lot of questions about my tricep training, I figure it’s just from years of heavy presses.
The general public seems to think anything much over 15" is big, especially if they are on a movie star. In bodybuilding, I think most would put that number over 17" with anything over 18" making you one of the few with the genetics to carry that much mass overall.
In general, if you can build lean arms over 18", it is a safe bet that you could possibly walk on stage and actually do well as a heavy weight or better instead of simply being looked over.