Madonna’s Biceps: An Evolution In Photos

By Sohyung Kang

We always knew Madonna was a workout fiend, but we didn’t know she worked out this much. In a new photo taken on Sunday in London, Madonna’s arms seem to be looking a little too buff. Her veins are protruding and her biceps look somewhat misshapen, as though she has a monster from a science fiction movie growing in there, or she is training to fight UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn (which wouldn’t be entirely shocking considering the strange championship belt she was wearing on the cover of last year’s excellent Hard Candy).

According to her personal trainer Tracy Anderson, Madonna works out two hours a day for six days a week and drinks coconut water to keep her energy levels high. Anderson told the U.K.’s sometimes dubious tabloid Daily Mail, “I have completely changed Madonna’s body. I told her to forget everything she had been taught before and to give up yoga, which can make you look terribly veiny. Madonna’s very healthy and looks fantastic but those veins have nothing to do with me.”

Whether she got those seemingly zero-body-fat arms from doing too much yoga or going overtime in the gym with Anderson remains to be seen. But the Queen of Pop’s arms weren’t always so well-defined. Check out just how much she’s changed throughout her three decades in the public eye.

(Check out the complete history of Madonna’s biceps, from the early years right up to her current tour!)