Many weight lifters seem to focus upon improving two muscle groups beyond all others, with the abs and biceps becoming the sole goal of many weight training workout routines, often to the detriment of overall body development. The biceps are an especially popular muscle group due to becoming the accepted sign of power and strength, representing bodybuilding superiority, with a great many bodybuilders obsessing over producing the largest, most aesthetically striking biceps pose. A great many weight lifters will even neglect direct triceps exercise, a vital upper arm component, in favor of biceps development, not comprehending the importance of enhancing complimentary muscle groups.
In the pursuit of the ideal biceps contour, bodybuilders experiment with many programs, and do so with the hopes of developing a certain biceps shape, usually patterning their goal after another's success, and wanting to achieve the same progress themselves. They, of course, will adopt an identical routine, with the feeling that by doing so, arm shape will replicate the weight lifter they aspire to emulate, but after months of training, will find that the biceps do not respond quite as expected. They may grow in size, but the shape, which is what many bodybuilders wish to transform, remains identical, so they begin to develop a larger version of what they noticed before beginning to train regularly with weights.
The reason this occurs is that unlike far too many are led to believe, biceps shape is not determined by weight training workout technique or due to an effective bodybuilding system, but rather is controlled completely by genetics, which is why certain bodybuilders, even those who rely on dangerous steroids, have a biceps shape that is very flat, while others show an elevated peak with a very appealing, rounded appearance. Two bodybuilders could quite easily use identical weight training routines, and find themselves achieving far different results, all because genetics will determine how a biceps ultimately develops.
Of course, this does not mean that the biceps muscle cannot improve through consistent weight training effort, as adding size to any muscle will enhance its aesthetic impressiveness, but many seek to mold a new shape for their biceps, transforming a flat, pancake-like biceps muscle into a round, rock-like peak, and there is no weight training or bodybuilding diet routine that can help achieve such results. Those with a high, shapely biceps peak were born with the biceps muscle destined to appear in such a way, and if body fat level was low prior to beginning a weight training routine, the soon to be bodybuilder could easily tell that his or her biceps offered such a natural contour just by flexing, even though no additional muscle had yet to be gained. The possibility of altering biceps shape is one of the most widely held misconceptions, and often places bodybuilders in an endless loop as they seek the ideal weight training system that will mold their biceps into the rounded appearance they are striving for.
Realistically, all that any weight lifter can focus upon is increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat to low levels so that the muscle becomes more visible. For bodybuilders who have a high level of fat prior to beginning their weight training voyage, biceps shape can be a challenge to determine, as fat obscures muscle definition, so body fat must reach low levels before determining such a characteristic.
But do not become discouraged, as regardless where your biceps currently rank in terms of peak, following an effective bodybuilding diet and weight lifting program will allow you to build significant size, which maximizes the genetic potential that you've been granted. In many cases, a bodybuilder who does not possess impressive biceps peak may have a well formed back, chest or legs, where others with more pleasing arms are deficient in these areas, so instead of aiming for what you have personally defined as the ideal bodybuilder's physique, aim to grow muscle mass to your individual genetic potential, and reduce body fat as low as your metabolism will allow to bring about the best physique you personally are capable of. In short, seeking a specific biceps shape is wasteful when this is an area beyond any bodybuilder's ability to dictate.
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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a diet and weight training program teaching the exact techniques for muscle building without supplements or drugs.
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