Welcome to the gun show! So, the question is: which bodybuilder has the biggest arms? Before we look at the answer to that question, let’s get something straight:
Most bodybuilders lie about arm size!
What did you expect? Did you really think that 20 inch pipes were are prevalent as tattoos at a biker bar? It’s hard to achieve 20 inch arms.
And for natural bodybuilders…it’s impossible. Impossible? Yes, impossible. Unless, of course, Mr. Natural is carrying around 58% body fat.
Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed to have 22-23 inch arms pumped. Arthur Jones measured Arnold’s arms when they were pumped, and they taped out at 19 3/4 inches. Quite a tall tale told by the Austrian Oak.
Some say that Manfred Hoeberl had the biggest arms. Manfred was a strongman competitor, and not a bodybuilder. It is claimed that his arms measured out at 24-25 inches.
Mr. Olympia champion Ronnie Coleman has 22 inch arms on competition day. If you look at photos, and consider the fact that Ronnie was taking far more drugs then Arnold, it isn’t hard to believe that Ronnie’s arms where much bigger.
And what about natural bodybuilders? Reg Park had 18.5 inch arms, Steve Reeves had 18 inch arms, and John Grimek’s arms were 18.3 inches. Unless you’re incredibly tall, or a genetic freak, you will never hit 18 inch arms as a natural. (of course, these men were relatively lean too)
So what arm size is respectable for the Average Joe natural bodybuilder? 15-16 inch pipes. If your guns are that big, people will consider you strong, and most likely will recognize you as a bodybuilder.
And if a natural claims to have 20 inch arms, ask for photos. He just may be the greatest of all time. No photos equals a load of bull. Anyone with arms that big would love to show them off.