Here’s a cool shot from the 1970s of Arnold apparently substitute teaching in Speedos. It’s colorized, something the photographer, the late Gene Mozee, probably wouldn’t approve of, but it does make this version unique…
Speaking of unique, Arnold could hit the most spectacular double-biceps pose—big, yet proportioned—his wide, flaring lats making his waist look wasp-ish.
It’s interesting that the Oak was known for his branches—arms—but notice that one is freakishly peaked, while the other is a bit flatter.…
It just goes to show that no matter what exercises you do, the possibility of muscle shaping is limited. After all, he did the exact same thing for both arms…
So while you can’t make a wide waist narrower, you can create an illusion of a smaller waist by building your lats and shoulders as Arnold did.
Your biceps, on the other hand, are either peaked or not.
We’ve mentioned that focusing on the biceps’ outer head can enhance peak somewhat, but if a sky-high jagged peak like Arnold’s right isn’t in your genetic makeup, it won’t suddenly spring skyward by doing certain exercises.
It’s why Arnold always showcased his right, as it was the freakiest. His left wasn’t bad either, but his right was a shocking sight…
According to the book Muscle Meets Magnet, by Per A. Tesch, Ph.D., MRI studies indicate that the best outer-head-emphasizing exercise is the hammer curl reclining on a 45-degree incline bench, which also lights up the brachialis muscles.
Those snake under the biceps and also contribute to peak somewhat. So incline hammer curls are worth some time if your biceps-peak genetics aren’t prime.
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