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Q&A: The Greatest Arms of All Time?

7208-train4Q: Who do you think has—or had—the greatest arm development?

A: Although the arms of some of today’s pros are even larger and freakier than those of the superstars of my youth, those of a couple of yesteryear’s supermen had the most lasting impact on me. So for me those arms were the greatest. In particular, I recall a photograph of Arnold’s flexed arm on a magazine cover. I saw it more than 30 years ago, on a shelf in a bookstore in my hometown in England. It was an utterly mesmerizing magazine cover—totally filled by Arnold’s jaw-dropping arm. Robby Robinson’s arm, also when I was a fanatical young bodybuilder, is another of the greatest for me.

Those superstars developed phenomenal arms because they had phenomenal genetic potential, extraordinary dedication to bodybuilding and pharmaceutical assistance. Great dedication to bodybuilding alone won’t build arms like that, and neither will great genetics alone.

Be inspired by these stars’ physiques, and do your best—drug-free, of course—to make the most of whatever genetic potential you have. Even with average genetics you can still have a terrific physique that will blow most people’s minds, provided you train in a way that’s appropriate for you, rather than appropriate for genetic supermen only. That’s what the instruction I promote is all about.


Editor’s note: Stuart McRobert’s first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. He’s the author of the new BRAWN series, Book 1: How to Build Up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way, available from Home Gym Warehouse (800) 447-0008 or


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