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tompuderbaugh

Hi gang,

This site has been a bit stale recently, so I thought I would relay a short story that Arthur Jones told me during lunch many years ago.

He started by saying that he had a way of judging a (completely untrained) man's ultimate muscular potential by just looking at one bodypart....And that bodypart was the bicep.

He went on to explain that this method wasn't 100% accurate (because it just involves one bodypart), but he found it to be "70-80% predictive in most cases".

HIS METHOD -- The finger test.

1. Have an (untrained) man flex his bicep at exactly a 90 degree angle. He was careful to mention that you had to be exact about the 90 degree part. Even an inch or two in-or-out would compromise results.

2. With the man's other hand, see how many fingers he could comfortably fit into the gap/space between his forearm and the place where the bicep tendon attaches to the actual bicep muscle.

3. Here is how he gauged results --

* Someone who could comfortably fit only one finger into this gap had very good/excellent ultimate muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit two fingers had average/decent muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit three fingers had limited/poor muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit four should (in his words) "find a different hobby, because he will always look like Woody Allen!"

He closed this story by saying that only a VERY few times in his entire life, he had found someone who could not fit any. Yes, that's right....ANY.

To quote him exactly, "And THAT is where the next Sergio Oliva or Casey Viator will come from".

Again, he never said this little test was 100% accurate, but he had learned to trust it most of the time.

I guess for me (looking at it as dispassionately as I can), it probably works as well as any "quick and easy" predictive test for muscle building that I have ever heard of.

...What say ye?

Good training to all!
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DownUnderLifter

tompuderbaugh wrote:
Hi gang,

This site has been a bit stale recently, so I thought I would relay a short story that Arthur Jones told me during lunch many years ago.

He started by saying that he had a way of judging a (completely untrained) man's ultimate muscular potential by just looking at one bodypart....And that bodypart was the bicep.

He went on to explain that this method wasn't 100% accurate (because it just involves one bodypart), but he found it to be "70-80% predictive in most cases".

HIS METHOD -- The finger test.

1. Have an (untrained) man flex his bicep at exactly a 90 degree angle. He was careful to mention that you had to be exact about the 90 degree part. Even an inch or two in-or-out would compromise results.

2. With the man's other hand, see how many fingers he could comfortably fit into the gap/space between his forearm and the place where the bicep tendon attaches to the actual bicep muscle.

3. Here is how he gauged results --

* Someone who could comfortably fit only one finger into this gap had very good/excellent ultimate muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit two fingers had average/decent muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit three fingers had limited/poor muscle building potential.

* Someone who could fit four should (in his words) "find a different hobby, because he will always look like Woody Allen!"

He closed this story by saying that only a VERY few times in his entire life, he had found someone who could not fit any. Yes, that's right....ANY.

To quote him exactly, "And THAT is where the next Sergio Oliva or Casey Viator will come from".

Again, he never said this little test was 100% accurate, but he had learned to trust it most of the time.

I guess for me (looking at it as dispassionately as I can), it probably works as well as any "quick and easy" predictive test for muscle building that I have ever heard of.

...What say ye?

Good training to all!


I think that is a fair assessment Tom. Like you say, probably right about 80% of the time. You were very lucky to have had such great conversations with Arthur.

DUL
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

2, with a little room to spare.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

---Scott---
About two fingers roughly. In high school and later life they called me guns and it seemed I always had bigger arms than the average guy but most guys didn't work out. My biggest arm was 16" . Yea, pretty pathetic. I probably could have got it up to 16 1/2 if I had kept at it longer. It would be interesting to see what the average finger gap is ? My brother had about a one and a half finger gap and he had huge potential but he never worked out.
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Nwlifter

I have 'not good' potential yet can only fit 2 (and I have small fingers!)
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HeavyHitter32

I can fit two fingers as well. I am average potential at very best.
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