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Schwarzenegger’s Unique Quadriceps: Debunking the “Small Quads” Myth

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian Oak, is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the world of bodybuilding. His legendary physique has always been a subject of fascination and admiration. However, there’s an interesting debate around his quadriceps. Some claim that Schwarzenegger’s quads are small compared to modern bodybuilders. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the fascinating world of quadriceps and reveal the unique features of Schwarzenegger’s leg muscles.

The Quad Conundrum: Defining the Terms

The first thing to address is the terminology. When people refer to “quads,” they often mean the entire thigh. In the case of modern bodybuilders, what some are referring to under the umbrella of “quads” includes development of the adductor muscles of the inner thigh. The inner thigh development is responsible for the infamous “chafing” effect when thighs rub together.

The Teardrop Triumph: Vastus Medialis

Now, let’s dissect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s quads. In the accompanying photo, observe the vastus medialis, the teardrop-shaped quadriceps muscle of the inner thigh. This is where Schwarzenegger shines. The length of this muscle is remarkable and, in the world of bodybuilding, longer muscle bellies are generally considered aesthetically superior. This is akin to the appreciation of longer calf muscles or longer biceps. Schwarzenegger’s vastus medialis stands out with its remarkable length and aesthetics, showcasing his impressive leg development. His vastus lateralis have good development but don’t bow out too far laterally resulting in an awkward unathletic look, like many current bodybuilders.

Rectus Femoris: The Three-Dimensional Marvel

Another standout feature of Schwarzenegger’s quads is his highly detailed and three-dimensional rectus femoris. This muscle extends all the way to the top of his legs, emphasizing its incredible development. The rectus femoris is a vital component of the quadriceps, and Schwarzenegger’s detailed and well-defined muscles are a testament to his dedication to training and aesthetics.

In Comparison: The Quads Showdown

In summation, look at the photo below. Don’t laugh, but a lot of bodybuilders today would say that the guy on the left has better quads. Quadriceps are the one muscle group that most bodybuilders can’t wrap their minds around aesthetically and end up saying someone who has overdeveloped ridiculously structured thighs has great quads.

In the world of bodybuilding, quadriceps are indeed a complex subject, and it’s easy to get lost in the debate about what makes a set of quads truly impressive. Schwarzenegger’s thighs don’t fit the modern mold of exaggerated inner thigh and awkward vastus lateralis development, but their shape is top-notch. So, the next time you hear someone say that Schwarzenegger had “small quads,” just remember that there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

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