Posted by on Apr 1, 2013

General Health

A Primer on Weenis Acuminous

“What exercises can I do for my pointy elbows? Will they always be pointy?”

Out of all of the questions that we get on Fitocracy, these might be the most common.

A greatly misunderstood trait, “pointy elbows” (or more scientifically, Weenis Acuminous) is often accompanied by a lot of mythology and incorrect advice. Perhaps the most disturbing of them all is that “people choose to have pointy elbows.”

While there is certainly temptation to place the blame on those with pointy elbows, resident surgeon and Fitocrat Dr. Bryan Chung actually informs us that the opposite is true.

Dr. Bryan Chung refused to acknowledge whether or not he's ever surgically altered the pointiness of people's elbows.

Dr. Bryan Chung refused to acknowledge whether or not he’s ever surgically altered the pointiness of anyone’s elbows.

“Elbow pointiness is a genetic trait. You are no more responsible for ‘the w.a’ (weenis acuminous) than you are for your hair color.”

Basically, Dr. Chung feels that “pointy elbows” are not a choice, a statement that is not without controversy. Just this year, strength coach Matt Perryman dismissed Fitocrat Grapeface from his online training program as a result of elbow pointiness.

“Said client was executing her training just fine, but refused to address the fact that her elbows were too pointy,” said Perryman. “Saying that it’s as genetically determined as hair color is fine, but can’t people dye their hair?”

Grapeface was so distraught over her pointy elbows that she discontinued use of Fitocracy. In fact, her bullying has already spurred several groups to take action, including the group “Healthy At Every Level of Pointiness” or HAELOP, which states that people should be treated equally regardless of elbow pointiness*.

(*while we at Fitocracy are very open to all fitness disciplines and definitions of health, we cannot agree with this statement)

A Divided Industry

Chung and Perryman represent two opposite ends of a spectrum that is becoming increasingly controversial. The “depointification” of elbows has garnered so much interest that it has arguably overtaken Intermittent Fasting as the fitness industry’s latest hot-button topic.

“Do a quick Google search on Intermittent Fasting and look at the number of results. Ok, now do a search on pointy elbows and look at that number. Notice how the first number is smaller than the second number,” says fitness author JC “Juicy” Deen, who is currently writing a book on maintaining smooth elbows 365 days out of the year.

And he’s not the only one.

We're not sure what Dave's book "Is that a chair or an elbow?" on depointification will contain, but you can bet it has the Jefferson deadlift.

We’re not sure what’s in Dave’s book “Is That a Chair or an Elbow?” on depointification, but you can bet it has the Jefferson deadlift.

Everywhere you look, it seems like industry professionals are pivoting to depointification. From Dave Dellanave’s “Is That a Chair or an Elbow? Build a weenis so flat you can sit on it.” to Roger Lawson’s “Hey Girl, Why Not Make Your Elbow Like My Moves – Smooth,” it seems like everyone is following suit.

What kind of advice do these products contain? We checked in with resident Westside Barbell expert Jordan Syatt.

Jordan can drop all KINDS of knowledge on pointy elbows.

Jordan can drop all KINDS of knowledge on pointy elbows.

“I tend to be in the camp that says you can’t really change the pointiness of your elbows. But you can certainly do a lot of things to make them ‘look’ less pointy. I like to do a lot of skullcrushers, which enlarges the surface area on the bottom part of your tricep and gives the illusion of less pointiness. I also like to rub baby oil all over the bottom of my elbows on the daily,” says Jordan.

We asked Jordan about how baby oil impacts the level of pointiness. “Oh, it doesn’t really. I just like the skin there to be nice and supple. Not ashy, y’know?” he clarified.

Whether or not you believe that elbow pointiness can be corrected, there’s always a support group on Fitocracy.

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