August of Arms 2017
I completed my August of Arms Pre-Test Results this past weekend. I thought I’d share them with you. The idea is to improve performance on all 4 of these events by the end of the month.
August of Arms Pre-Test #1 – Close Grip Bench for Reps
I went ahead and did this one over, so it was more accurate. I used 255 pounds this time and actually got more reps than when I shot the demo video a week prior.
August of Arms Pre-Test #2 – Max Alternated Dumbbell Curl
For the first time ever, I successfully curled my dumbbells that are marked 85’s but actually weigh over 91lbs apiece. They are a tough set to curl, and I’m stoked to start off the month of Arm Training with a big lifetime PR.
August of Arms Pre-Test #3 – Max Triceps Push Down
This is really the only lift from testing day that I was disappointed with. I figured I’d end up over 150, but failed on 140 3 different times.
August of Arms Pre-Test #4 – Wall Curl for Reps
For this one, you take half your bodyweight or 125lbs – whichever you prefer. I chose 133lbs, mainly because it’s easy to load.
Overall, I’m happy with my testing. I’m really looking forward to this month of training, no doubt about. Lots of good things gonna be happening!
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August of Arms 2015: Update #1
With yesterday being August 10th, it was my first Re-Measure Day for August of Arms.
I was PSYCHED to report about a 1/4 inch improvement on each arm, especially since the first 7 days of the month I was on family vacation.
As a review, I started out at roughly 19 inches per arm and now I am at 19.25 inches. The still shots are in the video below.
On Saturday, I was driving back from the beach, so I was only able to get some high-rep band work in and missed the planned workout, so on Sunday I combined both Saturday’s and Sunday’s workouts and got a great session in.
Here’s a video of one of the exercises I did, called Arm Wrestler Dumbbell Curls. It was part of the Fame of Arms workout in the August of Arms program.
Arm Wrestler Dumbbell Curls
As you can see, Arm Wrestler Dumbbell Curls is all about strength. The dumbbell used was pretty heavy and the isometric hold at the half-way point was very demanding and produced a different kind of pump in the arms.
The way I see it, it’s still early in the month. Plenty more time to produce add size to the guns.
Being home, I will be able to get better quality workouts than when I was on vacation, so I’m really looking forward to the next 2/3 of the month!
It’s not too late to pick up your copy of August of Arms. So what if you’re late to the ball game.
Your month of August of Arms starts RIGHT NOW!
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All the best in your training.
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Build Bigger Arms – August of Arms
If you want to build bigger arms, pack some size on those bi’s, and develop some thick triceps that hang right off your arm, then August of Arms is going to be the most productive, and probably the most fun, block of training you do all this year.
I’ve packed the program with all kinds of cool exercises – you won’t get bored doing the same stuff all the time, you can believe that.
Also, I’ve sprinkled in several cool challenges throughout the month.
“Attack the Stack” is my favorite challenge. I filmed the demonstrational video for it yesterday, and it was INTENSE.
Attack the Stack is similar to the old bodybuilding exercise called “Run the Rack,” which involves hitting a serious of dumbbells, one after the other, either up or down the dumbbell rack, or both.
“Attack the Stack” is different though. This one involves a cable machine, so it can be done at any commercial gym, like the vast majority of what I have planned for August of Arms.
I’m saving Attack the Stack for later on, but if you want to see one of the cool moves I’ve got for you, check out Ab Wheel Isometric Holds…
Build Big Arms: Ab Wheel Isometric Holds
Might not look too tough, but try it pre-exhausted and for a few more reps, and it will blow your triceps up BIG TIME.
Here’s the thing about August of Arms, DIESELS.
This month is gonna be FUN.
Too often, I speak with coaches and lifters and it sounds like they DREAD their training, more than they LOOK FORWARD to it.
One of the biggest things I’ve done the last few years is I have made my training more enjoyable.
I don’t mean I go in there and screw around – not by any means.
But now, when I go into the weight room, I leave BETTER than when I went in.
I absolutely LOVE training, but there was a time during 2011 and 2012 where I HATED going into the gym.
You can’t be successful with your training, if you DESPISE even going to the gym.
Slowly, in late 2012 and even more so in 2013, I began changing my mindset about training.
It wasn’t ALL about stressing over the next competition anymore.
It wasn’t about hitting some crazy feat, or some far-off number on a certain lift.
It was about challenging myself, competing with myself, and actually having fun.
And lo and behold, these days, I’m stronger and performing better in just about EVERYTHING I could possibly want to anyway.
One of my biggest objectives with August of Arms is to make lifting FUN again for you, all while helping you see as much progress and value out of your training as possible.
I hope you decide to come along for the ride, and if you want updates about the program, just add your info to the box below.
All the best in your training.
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Throughout the month of August, I trained arms every single day in order to bust through my current plateau and trigger a quick increase in arm size.
I called this August of Arms and used the hashtags #AugustOfArms & #31DaysOfArms when I put up updates on Facebook.
August of Arms:
The Tale of the Tape
I was successful in adding just under an inch to each arm over the course of the month. I took preliminary measurements and each arm was about 18″ on August 1st. I re-measured every 10 days.
August 1 Measurements:
By August 10th, I had added roughly a 1/2 inch to each arm. I saw no increase on August 20th, but on August 31st, when I remeasured again, each arm had increased to roughly 19″, cold.
August 10 Measurements (+/- 1/2″ Increase):
August 20 Measurements (No Change):
August 31 Measurements (+/- 1/2″ Increase):
This seems to have been a very common theme across the board as many, many lifters who approached and followed through the August Of Arms plan also saw solid increases of .5 inches to 1 inch and slightly above.
To really go out with a bang, on the 31st, I ended the month with a Big Arm workout, hitting both Biceps and Triceps with some of my favorite lifts from the great month of August.
Here are some of highlights from Workout 31 of #AugustOfArms
I am very happy with my results from this month-long experiment, and I plan on doing more focused training, just like this.
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There are a couple of very sick, twisted and sadistic people out there who deserve to be punished severely.
They are Derek Poundstone and Jason Steeves.
Yes, that Derek Poundstone – the pro strongman competitor.
He’s the one that came up with this craziness.
The other one, Jason Steeves, is someone who I thought I was my friend, but now I know the truth – HE IS NOT – since he’s the one that introduced me to the challenge.
The way he put it, he was “helping me out” with a way to spice up my #AugustOfArms training this month.
But, I think he was actually trying to maim me, brother.
What is the Poundstone Barbell Curl Challenge?
Apparently, for some reason, Derek Poundstone thought it would be a great idea to try to curl an empty barbell for 100 reps.
I guess he started doing this a couple years ago, once a month.
Well, up until a couple weeks back, I had steered clear of this challenge and knew nothing about it.
That’s where Jason Steeves comes in.
The conversation went a little something like this…
Jason: Hey Jedd, I see you’re doing #31DaysOfArms. Ever hear of Derek Poundstone’s 100-rep Empty Barbell Challenge?
Jedd: No man. What is that?
Jason: Oh, just try and curl a barbell 100 times. You’ll love it. It will change your life. Best thing ever. It will help you sleep better at night. You’ll never want to put sugar or salt on your food ever again. You’ll start getting discounts on your meals at fancy restaurants, and so on…
Jedd: OK, I’ll give them a try.
So I moseyed on down to the gym that night and tried it, and I couldn’t believe the PAIN in my biceps.
I couldn’t believe how quickly it went from being easy and feeling like a complete waste of time, to being so ridiculously hard!
I had to double check and make sure Poundstone or Steeves hadn’t actually snuck into my gym and quietly slid a 45-lb plate on each end of the bar, brother!!!
I think the first time I tried it, I got 24 reps and I couldn’t believe how pathetic I felt.
I must have been having a bad day.
I HAD to try it one more time.
Trying the Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl Challenge
Here is the second day I tried the Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl Challenge:
So I post the video above and who comes and leaves a comment below? Jason Steeves himself.
Jason: “You had more Jedd!!! Where was the fire to blast out another 15? The last rep looked just as crisp as the first. If you were really bagged physically I would’ve seen them slowing down. Get mad!! Get your 50!!!!”
Jedd: “I will do it again tonight duuuuuuude!”
True to my word, I picked my poison again and hit the challenge that night.
Here it was:
Poundstone Barbell Curl 100 Rep Challenge
And just like someone who is hooked on crystal meth, now, I can’t stop doing these.
Just like someone who gets hooked on pain killers, and they need more and more and more, now I even find myself trying this challenge WITH EXTRA WEIGHT ON THE BAR.
Do you see how crazy this is?
Poundstone Curls with Weight Added – Purely Crazy Barbell Curl Challenge
And now, just like a drug dealer who pushes their addiction on others, I’m pushing this Poundstone Barbell Curl Challenge on YOU, brother.
Honestly, just like I talk about in Call to Arms, I don’t like mindless reps when training PERIOD, let alone when training arms.
I don’t like just standing there and curling weight just to hit a target number.
I like squeezing each rep and having control over the bar or dumbbell, so that each rep has a purpose.
But this Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl 100-Rep Challenge thing has been different.
I want to keep on pushing the envelope to see where it will take me.
If you want a crazy, illogical, bicep curl challenge, then give this a try my friend!
Let me know what you think.
All the best in your training.
P.S. Regardless of the fact that the barbell is empty, it KILLS my wrists and forearms if I don’t use Globe Gripz. If Barbell Curls hurt you, you need to get some of these life savers.
P.P.S. I have no heat against Derek Poundstone or Jason Steeves regarding this Barbell Challenge. That was all a work.
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