Monday, 17 December 2012

Body Building

Building well defined, large biceps is important to many male Bodybuilders. There are numerous bicep exercises that can be done. However, there are some that work better than others. Try a few of these during your training and see what a difference they can make.

Incline concentration curls.

This exercise will hit the inner head of the biceps.

You will need a bench and a dumbbell to do these curls. Lay on a bench on your back and raise the bench to a 45 degree angle. With the dumbbells in hand, keep your arms at your side and your palms facing inward. Your elbows should be kept in as well. Curl the dumbbell to your shoulder, rotate your wrist so that your palm is facing the ceiling. As you lower the first arm, begin raising the other arm. These can also be done at the same time, using both arms at once.

Don't forget to stretch the biceps at the bottom of every movement and squeeze the muscle at the top, I have said it before and I will say it again this really is key to getting the most out of any exercise.

EZ Bar Reverse Curls

This exercise will hit the outer head of the biceps.

Stand with your feet slightly apart and holding an EZ bar. Make sure your elbows are tucked in at your sides and your palms are facing downward. With this curl, you can use a shoulder width grip or a close grip. There is also the option of changing it up periodically. Curl the EZ bar to your shoulders and then uncurl.

Close Grip Chin Ups

This will hit the outer head of the biceps, if you take a wide grip or a grip at shoulders width it will hit the inner head of the biceps.

Chin ups though simple are extremely effective in building larger, stronger, more defined biceps also probably in my opinion one of the best back exercises as well.. You are lifting your own body weight and additional weights can be added to your body if you are already able to lift your own body weight. Start at a chip up bar that can be reached easily. Place your hands close together, with your palms face upward. Make sure your hands are on either side of your chin. Keep your head straight and facing forward. Make sure your elbows point downward and pull yourself up to your chin. Make sure your chin goes over the bar.

Dumbbell Concentration Curls

This exercise gives the biceps a peak.

These curls are specifically for the biceps. Using a dumbbell sit down, bent over, with your legs shoulder width apart. Your knees should be bent as well. Starting with your right arm, pick the dumbbell up and place your elbow against the inside of your knee. Make sure your arm stays straight and your palm is facing the opposite leg. Curl your arm up until it is mid-chest, almost to your shoulder. Uncurl your arm back to straight again. Repeat with the other arm.

Once you have mastered this exercise try doing it standing bent over and having you arm unsupported by your inner leg, this really hits the peak of the biceps.

Also try this exercise with a barbell, in a standing position bend over and curl the barbell up to your head, try to lift your elbows a little at the top of the movement as this will let you squeeze the muscle better.

Barbell Bicep Curls

This exercise gives the biceps an overall workout and mass.

Another simple curl that is easy to do, but produces great results. Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Pick up the barbell with your palms facing away from your body. Make sure your elbows stay tucked into your sides and lift the barbell until it is at shoulder height.

Once again lift your elbow up slightly to squeeze the biceps at the top of the movement. Uncurl your arms until they are straight in front of you again.
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