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Juicefree
Wed, November 24th, 2004, 09:16 PM
Any ideas on what average arm size is un-pumped. Just curious.

RTE
Wed, November 24th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Any ideas on what average arm size is un-pumped. Just curious.

Average who? so many variables. Think about it a 700 lb man might have a 29 inch arm. Might say only about 3% have arms larger than 16". I can guess as good as anyone.


un-trained and not obese = 12.5

Trained, no drugs or supplements = 14.75

JoeSchmo
Wed, November 24th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Any ideas on what average arm size is un-pumped. Just curious.

According to Men's Health,
The average guy:
1. has a 13 inch bicep
2. can do 27 pushups
3. can bench-press 93% of his body weight
4. has a 41-inch chest
5. has 20.4 inch thighs
6. consumes 2,618 calories a day
7. has a body-fat percentage of 19.7
8. stands 5'-9" and weighs 181 pounds
9. has a BMI of 26.6 and a waist size of 38.8 inches
10. can run 1.5 miles in 12.5 minutes
11. has a VO2 max of 42.4

Timbermiko
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 03:51 AM
This is a great post...everybody..post!!!!
With arm size, so does weight. Read lean body mass.
I'll start with my own. 190lbs, long ass arm and 15" 85lb. curl.
My goal is 205 and 16". 95 to 105lbs...another thing we should do is put some poundages with the measurements, I have no prblem with that. :cool:

Knubb
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 05:07 AM
I'd say that the average size of an unpumped arm is about...an inch smaller than pumped? Something like that. Other than that, I think rtestes is probably quite close, just a little low in my eyes...

This is a great post...everybody..post!!!!
With arm size, so does weight. Read lean body mass.
I'll start with my own. 190lbs, long ass arm and 15" 85lb. curl.
My goal is 205 and 16". 95 to 105lbs...another thing we should do is put some poundages with the measurements, I have no prblem with that. :cool:
Why don't you start a thread on that topic? Individual arm sizes won't tell us anything about the average, especially in a forum where most are seriously into weight lifting.

Timbermiko
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 11:24 AM
I'd say that the average size of an unpumped arm is about...an inch smaller than pumped? Something like that. Other than that, I think rtestes is probably quite close, just a little low in my eyes...


Why don't you start a thread on that topic? Individual arm sizes won't tell us anything about the average, especially in a forum where most are seriously into weight lifting.

Yes it will,It'll give you a good idea.
Knubb, let me guess this one, you weigh , what 250? I'd say you have about a "18 arm?

Evil Hx Coupe
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 12:03 PM
ME:

5'7"
166Lbs
13" Unpumped, 14.5" Pumped

Knubb
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 12:06 PM
Yes it will,It'll give you a good idea.
Knubb, let me guess this one, you weigh , what 250? I'd say you have about a "18 arm?
It won't give you a good idea about average arm size, it'll give you an idea about average arm size for those who exercise, and feel like posting about it. There's a big difference as I see it.

My stats can be found in my journal (at least those from a few weeks ago), or I'd be happy to post them in a "What's your arm size?"-thread.

Timbermiko
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 01:43 PM
it'll give you an idea about average arm size for those who exercise, and feel like posting about it.
.

Exactly ;)

JMR
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 02:31 PM
5'7"... OK. I'm exaggerating a quarter inch or so. :D Currently a pudgy 170... around 15% bf ..

15.5" cold... Pumped.. no idea... never took a tape measure to the gym with me. Rtestes... no drugs here...

Curl... no idea... I've done reps with up to 115 but usually work bi's after back so the highest I usually go is 85 lbs. Weight really doesn't mean alot to me.

lostmind
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 03:17 PM
5'8" 179lbs, ~20% bf, 32" waist, 25.5" thighs, 15.5" biceps, 42" chest

CASD
Thu, November 25th, 2004, 11:30 PM
5'9"
195lbs
21-22% BF
40in waist working on it..hey down from 44
24.5 thigh
Chest 44.5
Bicep unpummped 14.65 pumped 15.25

Graphite
Fri, November 26th, 2004, 02:49 AM
5'9
169lbs
18-20% BF (not sure, i got lots of lose skin and it makes my bf% hard to guess)
34in waist
22.4 thigh
39-40in chest
Bicep unpumped 12 pumped 13.5

still trying to get rid of the mid section fat/spare tire.

Snugglepuff
Fri, November 26th, 2004, 08:28 PM
By pumped, are we talking about normally flexed, or flexed after a bicep (or back) workout?

kingink
Fri, November 26th, 2004, 08:49 PM
I measure with my arm out like I am hitchhiking. I do that because I see that when the arm is hanging it sometimes presses against the body and measures larger.

arm out to side with thumb up = 14.25
arm flexed after two sets of dips and curls = 16.25

Juicefree
Fri, November 26th, 2004, 11:28 PM
14.5 inches un-pumped. About 165 5 '9. No juice or supplements. Everyone tells me that my arms look huge and I think that they are maybe average or a little bigger

French Spirit
Sat, November 27th, 2004, 12:30 AM
When you say not pumped, do you mean flexed or not flexed?

JoeSchmo
Sat, November 27th, 2004, 12:40 AM
6'0"
225lbs

Arm = 16.5 inches flexed (unpumped).

W8Lifter
Sat, November 27th, 2004, 10:32 PM
age:15
6' 2"
170 lbs
9% body fat
13.25 inch biceps cold
14.75 inch biceps pumped, curl 120 the right way (155 cheating)
42 inch chest, bench 210
31 inch waist

Juicefree
Sun, November 28th, 2004, 12:40 AM
age:15
6' 2"
170 lbs
9% body fat
13.25 inch biceps cold
14.75 inch biceps pumped, curl 120 the right way (155 cheating)
42 inch chest, bench 210
31 inch waist
for your age and weight you put together some good numbers.

W8Lifter
Mon, November 29th, 2004, 05:19 PM
thanx juicefree. ive been one of the strongest kids in my grade for a while, but about a year ago i met some kids who were bigger, thats wen i started lifting. ive gained about 15 pounds, and bench has gone up about 50. now im hooked, not gonna stop lifting, its something everyone should do. keeps you healthy and makes u look better. its great. :cool:

chicanerous
Mon, November 29th, 2004, 09:34 PM
17 at 5'9" and 142-145#s with 7-8% body fat

30" waist
13.25" bicep
36" chest, bench 195# (1 rep)
21" thigh, squat ~180#* (1 rep)

(cold measurements)

*Estimate, I didn't leg train at all during XC for the last two months, before I was at 205#s for 4-6.

JMR
Mon, November 29th, 2004, 09:43 PM
And you do experience great shame and loathing of yourself because you can bench more than you squat... right??? :D

chicanerous
Mon, November 29th, 2004, 09:51 PM
Yes, unending shame. By weight, I am the epitome of the chicken legs syndrome. But, by measurements and appearance, this isn't so much the case. I think with two or three solid squat sessions I could move more weight than I bench again.

Hey, that's what happens when you try to be a runner for two months.

J2kDarkSkies
Mon, November 29th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Yes, unending shame. By weight, I am the epitome of the chicken legs syndrome. But, by measurements and appearance, this isn't so much the case. I think with two or three solid squat sessions I could move more weight than I bench again.

Hey, that's what happens when you try to be a runner for two months.
Why would you not work your legs when you did a sport that relies on your legs?

chicanerous
Tue, November 30th, 2004, 12:07 AM
Honestly, I didn't have a good reason. It was either work them and then run the next few days on the excruiatingly lovable DOMS or not work them and just let running take over. A large part of our training was hill and sprint work, so that helped strengthen them.

hobowitharolex
Tue, November 30th, 2004, 07:16 PM
when i first started i had 12.5 in biceps, 5'10'', 155lbs, 16% bf 20in legs

Dru_prentice
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 10:56 AM
hey guys new here and just thought i would look at the convo...

my stats are
5 10'
301
18inch pumped
thigh 29

Also i am looking to lean out... i know being 301 makes me sound fat but i am far from it.

dejavued
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 12:32 PM
17 at 5'9" and 142-145#s with 7-8% body fat

30" waist
13.25" bicep
36" chest, bench 195# (1 rep)
21" thigh, squat ~180#* (1 rep)

(cold measurements)

*Estimate, I didn't leg train at all during XC for the last two months, before I was at 205#s for 4-6.

since dru_prentice resurrected this 4 year old thread i'm curious what ur thigh measurement is now?? i guess the unending shame did have an end. ;)

CA$ON
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 12:49 PM
5'10" 180ish 12-14% BF and cutting.

Yesterday Pump arm was at 15.25"

ZackAttack
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 02:14 PM
rtestes, that was a very intelligent answer

Nowhereman
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 06:08 PM
since dru_prentice resurrected this 4 year old thread i'm curious what ur thigh measurement is now?? i guess the unending shame did have an end. ;)

Oh crap! This is old. I thought it was a recent thread until you mentioned it. I couldn't believe that Chic lost THAT much strength on his squat! Now it makes sense. He can probably single squat that quite easily now.

RTE
Sat, December 20th, 2008, 09:08 PM
hey guys new here and just thought i would look at the convo...

my stats are
5 10'
301
18inch pumped
thigh 29

Also i am looking to lean out... i know being 301 makes me sound fat but i am far from it.

Pictures, please. I have never seen a 300 lb guy that was far from fat. What is waist and chest size.

CuTe PoIsOn
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 06:08 AM
According to Men's Health,
The average guy:
1. has a 13 inch bicep
2. can do 27 pushups
3. can bench-press 93% of his body weight
4. has a 41-inch chest
5. has 20.4 inch thighs
6. consumes 2,618 calories a day
7. has a body-fat percentage of 19.7
8. stands 5'-9" and weighs 181 pounds
9. has a BMI of 26.6 and a waist size of 38.8 inches
10. can run 1.5 miles in 12.5 minutes
11. has a VO2 max of 42.4

The average guy or the average guy whos trains?

Some of those points could be justifyed however I know guys who workout and they cant even bench 60% their bodyweight, I dont think guys who dont train would be able to do this either?, BF and kcal sounds right, however a waist size of 38.8 inches, I would have thought it was be around 32-34.

Intresting nonethelesss

zenpharaohs
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 01:43 PM
According to Men's Health,
The average guy:
1. has a 13 inch bicep
2. can do 27 pushups
3. can bench-press 93% of his body weight
4. has a 41-inch chest
5. has 20.4 inch thighs
6. consumes 2,618 calories a day
7. has a body-fat percentage of 19.7
8. stands 5'-9" and weighs 181 pounds
9. has a BMI of 26.6 and a waist size of 38.8 inches
10. can run 1.5 miles in 12.5 minutes
11. has a VO2 max of 42.4

Well, I wouldn't go by that so much. You are who you are, with your genes, your training state, and your diet. It's better to work on just improving your own numbers, whatever they are, than to get wrapped up in competition with "average". If you're going to compete? Fair enough, compete. But not with "average".

And if you're not going to compete? Then you can get all you need from your own numbers.

Dru_prentice
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 10:21 PM
Firts off sorry for reviveing a dead post... didn't look a the date and pics added to my album for the guy who asked for them.
This is me when i was 322 i am now 297 weighed today

29537

goonie
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 10:46 PM
Body has got some muscle underneath that fat for sure Dru.

And you're only going to look that much bigger and more muscular as your BF% continues to come down. :tucool:

Take a few good "before" pictures. Play your cards right and concentrate on "fat loss" over "weight loss", and 4-6 months from now the comparison should be quite something.

Dru_prentice
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 10:54 PM
Thanx man. What do you recomend for the fat loss.... i have been eating alot more healthy and exersieing.and tips or tricks? yeah i will bust out the camera and get some shots and post them and as i progress along.....

mprice25
Sun, December 21st, 2008, 11:15 PM
agree

goonie
Mon, December 22nd, 2008, 12:20 AM
Thanx man. What do you recomend for the fat loss.... i have been eating alot more healthy and exersieing.and tips or tricks? yeah i will bust out the camera and get some shots and post them and as i progress along.....

My tip would be to realize there are no tricks. :nope:

Honestly at your weight, improved meal choices, portion control, and quality exercise should be all you need to get things started, and keep them going for some time. Beyond that, it gets into a complex area of what are you prepared to take on both physically, and mentally.

Read through the stickies in the Intro / Beginner forum, and adapt the information into a plan that works for you. :tucool:

chicanerous
Thu, December 25th, 2008, 01:26 AM
since dru_prentice resurrected this 4 year old thread i'm curious what ur thigh measurement is now?? i guess the unending shame did have an end. ;)
25-26"

Oh crap! This is old. I thought it was a recent thread until you mentioned it. I couldn't believe that Chic lost THAT much strength on his squat! Now it makes sense. He can probably single squat that quite easily now.
:lol:

Well, my 1-RM has about doubled and for a much, much deeper depth.

Eman7673
Mon, December 29th, 2008, 05:36 AM
Height - 6'0
Weight - 255
Bicep Flexed - 18 or so"
Bicep Flexed and Pumped - 19"

I lost a little bit of size due to haveing a bum left shoulder for the past 7 months, I'm getting it scoped out next month and cant wait to start lifting heavy again. That injury messed me up for the whole year, I couldnt enter any bench contests after the injury, and considering I was going to shoot for 500+ lbs shows how much it has affected me.

esanscha
Mon, December 29th, 2008, 08:21 AM
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 158
Arm flexed (cold): 15,25"
Max bench: 280 (10 years ago)
Max bench now: around 250 (estimated from doing 210x7)

I think it would be interesting to know how much people can press now and their all time best.

CHAPIN
Mon, December 29th, 2008, 11:24 PM
According to Men's Health,
The average guy:
1. has a 13 inch bicep
2. can do 27 pushups
3. can bench-press 93% of his body weight
4. has a 41-inch chest
5. has 20.4 inch thighs
6. consumes 2,618 calories a day
7. has a body-fat percentage of 19.7
8. stands 5'-9" and weighs 181 pounds
9. has a BMI of 26.6 and a waist size of 38.8 inches
10. can run 1.5 miles in 12.5 minutes
11. has a VO2 max of 42.4

I have a very hard time believing the average guy can bench press 93% of his body weight :nope:. 50% MAYBE...:confused:

Run 1.5 miles. I don't think so :nono:. Let alone in 12.5 minutes.

And all of this with a waist size of 38.8 inches. Nah!

CuTe PoIsOn
Wed, December 31st, 2008, 07:36 AM
I have a very hard time believing the average guy can bench press 93% of his body weight :nope:. 50% MAYBE...:confused:

Run 1.5 miles. I don't think so :nono:. Let alone in 12.5 minutes.

And all of this with a waist size of 38.8 inches. Nah!

In regards to the waist line, I would say that Mens health in the States would be correct on this assumption however certainly not Europe, due to general lifestyle and eating habits.

JoeSchmo
Fri, January 2nd, 2009, 07:11 PM
Well, I wouldn't go by that so much. You are who you are, with your genes, your training state, and your diet. It's better to work on just improving your own numbers, whatever they are, than to get wrapped up in competition with "average". If you're going to compete? Fair enough, compete. But not with "average".

And if you're not going to compete? Then you can get all you need from your own numbers.

WTF? I posted that 4 years ago lol. I had to read the thread again to figure out what the hell you were referring to. In any case, the OP asked what was "average" and I supplied an answer. I didn't mention anything about competing. I agree with the overall sentiment though.

JoeSchmo
Fri, January 2nd, 2009, 07:13 PM
6'0"
225lbs

Arm = 16.5 inches flexed (unpumped).

Wow....in four years, I've put on one inch... :lol:

I'm now up to about 17.5 inches.

ms3jake
Sun, January 4th, 2009, 09:13 AM
age:32
5"10
187 lbs
15% body fat
16.25 inch biceps cold flexed right (Dont do direct bicep work)
16.0 left arm cold flexed
46 inch chest, bench 275 max (long arms)
25 inch thighs
35 waist 37 let out
Been working out 12 years(personal trainer 7 yrs)
never cared about diet other than trying to eat enough to support muscle and strength until now. Would like to loose some fat and working on eating cleaner. Also doing HIIT twice a week lifting 3 times a week mostly compound moves.:bb:

weighed 125 lbs when started working out had 12 inch right arm and 11 inch left. waist under 30, thighs under 20 Body fat under 10% but too skinny obviously!

Busster
Sun, January 4th, 2009, 04:59 PM
age 46
wgt 218-223
hgt 5'11.75
thigh 23.5-24
chest 48
waist 36 pants ( probably say 38 )
bf % approx 25 ( not sure ) probably at 16-17 %
arms cold 18 about 18.50 pumped
max bench 315x2 ( 2.5 yrs ago )

a few injuries, but back in the game now bf% dropping strenght going back up

METALMIKE76
Sun, April 19th, 2009, 01:20 PM
33 years old
32 waist 179lbs
17" biceps
44 chest
max bench 295
max curl 135
lifting 6 years


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