Great Scott – build biceps that pop

Build biceps that pop with the same old-school approach as bodybuilding legend Larry Scott

THE FORMULA FOR developing muscular arms—the kind that garner as much attention in a sport coat as they do in a form-fitting tee—is simple: curl, curl, and curl some more. But don’t confuse simple with easy. Curling your way to a pair of 20-inch pythons takes work, and a lot of time, but don’t think you need freaky genetics or illegal drugs to assist you on your journey to monstrous guns.

LARRY SCOTT

  • Born: Oct. 12, 1938
  • Died: March 8, 2014
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Arm Size: 20 inches
  • Olympia Wins: 1965 and 66

ARMS LIKE LARRY SCOTT

Take Larry Scott—the first-ever Mr. Olympia winner (1965-66)—as an example. At a time when bodybuilding was still in its infancy, Scott had 20-inch sleeve stretchers before anyone else—proof that you don’t need newfangled training techniques or equipment to stretch the tape. To achieve this fullness in his bi’s, tri’s, and forearms—which leaped out of his forearm and balanced on a triceps of equal size—Scott performed curls from a variety of angles and kept a substantial amount of volume in his arm routine. He curled often, and he curled heavy, regularly lifting weight for six reps and not breaking 10. The result was a dense arm that, even by today’s standards, would provoke a reaction from modern bodybuilding judges and bystanders on the beach. And you can build your arms up like that, too. To help you, we outline Scott’s arm routine— which sees you through 34 grueling sets of curls and extensions—and a collection of images of the legend himself.

I performed lower reps on most sets, but then I’d do some burns [short reps, or half reps] at the end. So I might do six full reps and then four burns.

NAMESAKE

The two aspects of Scott’s training that helped him to forge his sizeable arms were significant volume and working his bi’s from all angles. He performed his favorite exercise, the preacher curl, so often that they’re also known as “Scott curls” in his honor. He would do them with his arms hanging off both ends of the bench, for a better stretch, for six sets of six reps each.

NOT SO PRIVATE PARTS

Scott was known for his bi’s. These 10 folks are notorious for their own signature body parts.

JAY LENO (CHIN)

The ex-Tonight show host’s bulbous chin is as big as his ego. Don’t believe us? Just ask Conan O’Brien. #TeamCoco

KIM KARDASHIAN(BUTT)

The reality TV star isn’t going to solve world hunger—unless it’s sweeps—but, hey, balancing bubbly on your ass is a cool trick.

DOLLY PARTON(BREASTS)

The Oscar-nominated, Grammy winning philanthropist has her boobs—a meager size 40DD— insured for a cool $600K

POPEYE (FOREARMS)

His freaky forearms are attributed to his absurd spinach intake, but what’s packed in that pipe?

UMA THURMAN(HANDS)

Why did Beatrix need a katana to kill Bill when she could’ve easily smothered him with her paws?

RON JEREMY(PENIS)

“The Hedgehog” starred in 2,000 adult films—more than anyone else. Man, what a hard worker.

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (FEET)

Shaq won four NBA championships. Oh, and his size 22 shoe is now the eighth wonder of the world.

FABIO (HAIR)

His luscious locks landed Fabio dozens of romance covers and more than 30 movie credits.

SHAKIRA (HIPS)

Her song “Hips Don’t Lie” was the best-selling single of its decade, according to Yahoo!, and she’s Colombia’s highest-selling artist.

MICHAEL STRAHAN(TEETH)

It’s the one gap the former New York Giants defensive end and current TV host never filled

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