Enlarged forearm

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  1. Jim Clark

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    Very curious. I note that almost all pros have very large proximal (near the elbow) forearms, which, I assume, helps their serving. How does this occur? Is it just a result of repeated serving? How beneficial is it? Is there a way to do this with weights, etc? Thoughts, please.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    12 years of hitting 5 hours a day, 6 days a week will enlarge anyone's arms a bit, ya dink ?
     
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  3. GeorgeLucas

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    I guess I haven't logged on nearly as much time, but my right forearm is perceptibly larger than my left. And I haven't done any lifting. I reckon if you play enough, your forearms develop on their own :eek:
     
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  4. NickH87

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    Lol my forearm is huge, 5 years of scooping ice cream as a teen really paid off lol
     
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  5. Djokovicfan4life

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    I really need a camera with slo-mo capabilities so I can see this when I'm hitting the ball. I bet it's nothing special though, to say the least.
     
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  6. origmarm

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    My right forearm is a good couple of inches in circumference different to my left and I don't play anywhere near as much as a pro at anywhere near their level.

    I did however row for a few years so that also contributed
     
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  7. Bud

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    Same here. Significant difference.
     
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  8. gh65721

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    Look at Federer's right forearm compared to his left, huge difference.
     
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  9. javierjavier

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    it comes from gripping and swinging a racket for years. hahaha, i remember in high school i was able to beat guys a lot stronger and bigger than me in arm wrestling simply from playing tennis.

    i also played golf, which helped balanced out my left forearm.
     
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  10. Bungalo Bill

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    Like LeeD said, lots and lots of hitting.
     
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  11. Kevo

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    I found out that hammering in metal fence posts with a small sledge hammer is a great forearm and shoulder work out. I had to put in some temporary posts for our fence after a storm, and after about 8 of those things I thought my forearm was going to split out of the skin!

    The next day my serves were monstrous. Most unbelievable serving I've ever done. If I could find a way to do that regularly without ticking off the neighbors I think I would try it.
     
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  12. kenl88

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    Simple logic. The more you work a muscle the bigger they get. Gosh I hope my brain doesn't explode.:twisted:
     
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  13. jmjmkim

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    Popeye ..... arhg arhg arhg arhg arhg
     
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  14. 10s talk

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    checkout Rod Laver's forearms when he was 25 :shock:
     
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  15. r2473

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    First my right forearm got huge and then (as Mom promised), I went blind.

    Doc said none of this was tennis related :) Told me that I needed to find a girlfriend.
     
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  16. LeeD

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    Because I"m "somewhat a jerk, I'll counter most of yous.....
    My left and right forearm are about the same size!
    Even when I played seriously for 4 years, they stayed the same. Naturally, I started out with a bigger right arm, but decided to play tennis left handed :confused::confused::confused:
    Now, after 35 odd years, the forearms are still about the same. Of course, I'm mainly a windsurfer, with some waterski jumping thrown in. Those sports really work both arms.
     
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  17. mixertefera

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    it just from swing a racket for a while and the best part is you can own people in arm wrestling just turn there wrist over and you have all the leverage
     
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  18. mixertefera

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    Lol you should helps alot... with that
     
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  19. kimbahpnam

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    If you want to see a movie with a disproportional arm size...watch "Lady in the Water"

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Fay

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    Well it seems to me, if muscles work in contraction, the tricep is the major muscle for the serve, and the bicep and pec would be used a lot in semi-western FHs .... and that forearm muscle would get bigger from any motion used to bring the racquet head back .... did I get that right?
     
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  21. BullDogTennis

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    hitting, and im sure some weight training. Wrist curls, is what you use. dumbelll are barbell, it will get your foreamrs swoll, fast.
     
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  22. serveitup911

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    The forearm is used for pronating the racquet. This happens on serves and forehands.
     
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