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Stop looking at the mirror and sigh in disappointment.
I like to work out my whole body when I exercise. But we have to admit that some exercises work better than others. And when you are trying to figure something out, it’s better to break it down into small pieces. The first article concentrated on shoulders. Today, we will see the best exercises for biceps and triceps; with some programs and supplements that I use for better and faster results.
If you want bigger arms, you need to concentrate less on your biceps and a bit more on your triceps.
Simple. Your biceps are only 1/3 of your upper arms. The rest is all triceps. If you want bigger arms, don’t forget to work out your triceps.
Here are the exercises that will help you achieve the results that you seek:
1. Incline dumbbell skull crushers: lie down on an incline bench with a dumbbell.
Start with small weight and work yourself up. Not everyone can handle the same weight. Movements are slow and steady. Keep your elbow firm and bring the dumbbell down to the side of your head (temples), then bring it back to your starting position.
You can begin with 3 sets and do anywhere between 12 – 15 repetitions. If you can do more than 15 reps, then move up in weight until you find it hard to go past that. You should struggle a little when reaching the 12-15 mark.
Bonus: If you use different grips and/or different angles, it will help you work different areas of your triceps. Remember is “tri” for a reason, you have the long head, lateral head and medial head.
2. Cable triceps push down
For this one, you need to grab the cable with your palms facing down. The closer your hands are together, the better you will work out your triceps. Then, bring the cable down slowly towards your quads and slowly return to your starting position.
Do 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions. Again, if you can do more than 15 reps, move up in weight until you reach your goal with a little struggle.
There are several other exercises with cable that target your triceps. Use a variation of the styles for better results.
3. Reverse grip push-ups
It is an advanced exercise. So, if you are a beginner, you will probably struggle with this exercise. In order to be able to perform it, start with regular push-ups and move your hands in and out to build strength. It takes lots of strength and flexibility.
Get on the regular push-up position. Turn your hands to where your fingers are pointing back toward your toes.
Perform 3-4 sets and begin with 5-8 repetitions. As you do this every week, you will get stronger and keep increasing the amount of reps until you can reach 12-15 on each set. Remember it takes time, strength and flexibility. Don’t be hard on yourself at first; just don’t quit.
Next we will hit those biceps. For better results, add weight on each set for more intensity and growth.
4. Preacher curls
Sit comfortably where your arm pits rest at the top of the pad. Choose between dumbbells, E-Z curl bar or regular bars.
Slowly bring it up to your chin, pause for 1-2 seconds, slowly bring it back down to your starting position. Ensure to NOT lock your elbows to lower risk of injury.
Do 3-4 sets of 12-15 repetitions. Go up in weight with each set but aim to do the same amount of repetitions.
5. Barbell curl
Stand up with your feet shoulder width apart. Back should be straight and chin up.
Bring the bar up slowly towards your chest or chin, pause for 1-2 seconds, then bring back down slowly.
Do 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions. Increase weight with each set. If you are rocking your body to lift the weight, try standing against a wall. That should help you isolate your biceps and don’t hurt your back.
6. Hammer curls
Stand up with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold a dumbbell on each hand. Bring it up slowly towards your chest/chin; pause for 1-2 seconds, then slowly bring it back down. You can do both at the same time or you can do one at a time.
Also, if you want to isolate your biceps you can do this while sitting down.
To give it a boost, when pause at the top, you can turn your palms to face you when you reach the top. This is called the zottman curls.
Do 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps. Increase weight with each set.
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