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    How big should a man's biceps be?

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    I just measured my biceps and they seem ridiculously small for a man my size. I'm 6' tall, 220lbs, 33%ish body fat, my biceps measure 13" cold/unflexed. Is that normal? My wife has 12" biceps (!) but she says she has 'large arms for a woman' and indeed has a body type that stores more fat on her upper body/arms than is normal for women.

    Is 13" on the small side for arms for a guy? If so do I bicep curl and skull crusher all day long to build my arms? New to bulking concepts. I don't want gargantuan arms but I do want to look symmetrical and balanced.

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    well you could check out the GRECIAN IDEAL calculator on this page Bodybuilding.com - Know Your Measurements For Bodybuilding Success.

    scroll about half way down. you enter your wrist circumference measurement and it spits out ideal measurements as thought of by the ancient greeks

    for instance i have 8" wrists and my biceps measure spot on at 19"

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    Big enough to have the strength to lift his woman with ease...
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    Indeed GoJen! Also, directly from the department of contrived
    statistics, your biceps should be powerful enough to hoist your
    bodyweight plus a mildly heavy backpack (25 to 35 lb) up to
    and over a head height tree limb. (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gager View Post
    well you could check out the GRECIAN IDEAL calculator on this page Bodybuilding.com - Know Your Measurements For Bodybuilding Success.

    scroll about half way down. you enter your wrist circumference measurement and it spits out ideal measurements as thought of by the ancient greeks

    for instance i have 8" wrists and my biceps measure spot on at 19"
    Cool. I've heard about the Grecian Ideal over the years but never actually looked it up. I seem to recall that it was what "The Governator" was said to have been aiming for....

    Going by that calculator, my chicken leg's are right on target

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    If it makes you feel better I am Male and my biceps are 12" and a whopping 13" when flexed!

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    I would guess it depends on the man mirror! I agree with GoJenGo.. the reason I married a small woman.. ;-) But still Muhammad Ali only had 15 inch biceps at his peak, he was 6.3 and didn't lift weights! The Grecian Ideal is fine if that is what you want to look like.... So again.. it depends on the man in the mirror.
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    I think that my biceps might be a bit small when I look at them but I am able to do a dozen pullups on a set and I can carry my 100lb sandbag 100yds for 5 sets. I guess as long as functional strength is there who cares about aesthetics. I don't even know if my biceps are 12" around and I am 6'1" and 180lbs. maybe I should measure.
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    Chest 52 inches
    Waist 36 inches
    Hip 44 inches
    Bicep 19 inches
    Forearm 15 inches
    Thigh 28 inches
    Calve 18 inches
    Neck 19 inches


    WOW, This is way bigger than I expected for an 8 inch wrist. I will have to moderate my expectations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyAl View Post
    I guess as long as functional strength is there who cares about aesthetics.
    Do people actually believe this? 'Sure, I might look like a waster, but you should see me carry a backpack full o' cans'.

    But in answer to the question your biceps must be larger than the heads of two Lithuanian peasant women strapped together otherwise you are not a man.

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