Will Weight Training Build A Perfectly Shaped Biceps Muscle?

Published: 10th March 2009
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Many weight lifters seem to focus upon improving two muscle groups beyond all others, with the abs and biceps becoming the primary goal of many weight training workout routines, often harming total body development. The biceps are an especially sought after muscle group due to becoming the accepted sign of physical fitness, symbolizing bodybuilding superiority, with a great number of bodybuilders focusing on producing the biggest, most aesthetically pleasing biceps pose. Far too often, 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 numerous techniques, and do so with the hopes of carving a particular biceps shape, usually patterning their goal after another's success, and wanting to achieve the same type of progress themselves. They, of course, will adopt an identical routine, with the feeling that by doing so, arm shape will mirror the bodybuilder they aspire to emulate, but after months of effort, will find that the biceps do not respond as had been hoped. 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 consistently 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 routines or due to an effective bodybuilding program, but rather is a function of genetics, which is why certain bodybuilders, even those who use dangerous and illegal steroids, have a biceps shape that is relatively flat, while others show an elevated peak with a very appealing, rounded appearance. Two bodybuilders could very easily follow identical weight training techniques, and find themselves achieving different progress, all because genetics will determine how a biceps ultimately develops.

Of course, this is not to say that the biceps muscle will not improve through dedicated weight training effort, as adding size to any muscle will enhance its aesthetic impressiveness, but many wish to reshape their biceps, transforming a flat, pancake-like biceps muscle into a rounded peak, and there is no weight training or bodybuilding diet system that can help produce such progress. Those with a large, 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 determine that his or her biceps offered such a natural contour merely by flexing, even though no new muscle had yet to be built. The possibility of transforming biceps shape is one of the most widely accepted misconceptions, and frequently places bodybuilders in an endless loop as they seek the ideal bodybuilding program that will mold their biceps into the rounded appearance they seek.

Realistically, all that any bodybuilder 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 embarking upon their weight training journey, 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 plan will facilitate your ability to build impressive size, which maximizes the genetic potential that you've been granted. Frequently, a bodybuilder who does not possess impressive biceps peak may have a shapely 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 build, aim to grow muscle mass to your 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, pursuing a particular biceps shape is wasteful when this is an area beyond any bodybuilder's ability to dictate.

Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a diet and weight lifting program teaching the exact techniques for muscle growth without bodybuilding supplements or drugs. He also owns IncrediBody.com, an online fitness superstore selling exercise equipment at guaranteed lowest prices.

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