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Vegan Gains had his arms measured on camera at 18.5 inches. He said that they were 19″ in the past and that he was surprised that they only measured 18.5″ at that moment. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, had his arms measured at 19 7/8″ by Nautilus founder Arthur Jones. Jones claimed “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arm was 19 7/8, slightly pumped – probably 19 1/2 “cold”. ” So, since there’s a possibility that Vegan Gains’ arms have been 19″ at one point and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arms possibly were 19.5 cold, why is there such a huge discrepancy as far as how much bigger Schwarzenegger’s arms look?
Vegan Gains claims to be 6’3″ but he has the proportions of a much taller person. Maybe he’s a lot taller than 6’3″. He looks like he’s about 6’8″ proportion-wise but he says he’s only 6’3″. Schwarzenegger claims to be 6’2″. Something doesn’t add up there and I don’t think Vegan Gains is exaggerating his arm measurement. He clearly had his arm measured on camera, very close up. What would make more sense is if Schwarzenegger had closer to the 22.5 inch arms that he was always promoted in the magazines as having. However, Rich Piana, who had ridiculous looking cartoon arms had his arms mearured on camera and they were roughly 23.5″, and they look a lot bigger than Schwarzenegger’s. In that instance, 22.5 on Schwarzenegger would seem exaggerated.
You also have to take into consideration people positioning themselves on camera in such a way that the camera catches their arms at an angle that makes them look bigger. None the less, Schwarzenegger’s arms at 19 7/8″ looked considerably larger than even Vegan Gains’ arms in more recent videos where his arms are over 19″. One of the factors could be that Schwarzenegger was shorter than 6’2″.
What this underscores is that bodybuilding is really about how you look.