Thursday, June 9, 2011

Top Biceps Exercises

Some biceps exercises work better than others. They work the biceps muscles and build strength and size faster. Remember to do different movements and mix up your exercises when you work your biceps, so that you are hitting both heads of the biceps and receiving the maximum benefit from the training and workouts.

Machine Preacher Curls: This will hit the peak of the biceps.
To do this biceps exercise, sit at the machine preacher curls bench. Adjust the weight on the weight stack to a comfortable, but resistance weight. On the pad in front of you, place your arms in front of you and grab the bar with your palms facing upward. Your feet will be about shoulder width apart and your back will be straight. Keep your elbows in as you lift the handle and exhale as you curl the bar to your shoulders. Inhale as you lower the bar.

Stretch the biceps at the bottom of the movement and squeeze at the top of the moment also stretch the biceps in-between the exercise.
This is key to developing any muscle group to the maximum.
Chin Ups-Close Grip or wide Grip: This will hit the overall size and mass of the biceps.
Using a close grip to do chin ups works your biceps to lift your body weight. Use a straight bar that can be easily reached from a standing position. Chin up bars can come be brought from any sports shop and they don't cost much and are a great biceps exercise when you can't get to the gym, don't forget that this exercise will hit the back muscles as well. Place your hands with your palms facing you and they should be close together, so that they are on either side of your chin. If lifting your own body weight is not enough, then add ankle weights or cross your feet and place a dumbbell between your ankles. When you do the chin up, make sure your chin gets over the bar. Touching the bar with your chin works also, but for it to be a complete rep and work your biceps muscles, your chin should get over the bar at least a few times. Keep your elbows in at your side as well.

If you take a wide grip this will hit the inner head of the biceps, if you take a close grip this will hit the outer head of the biceps.

Hammer Curl: This biceps exercise hits the outer head of the biceps and the forearms.
The hammer curl works your biceps, as well as your forearms. To do the hammer curl, grab two dumbbells and hold them with your palms facing your body. Keep your arms straight and your elbows tucked into your sides. Starting with your right arm, lift the dumbbell so that it touches your shoulder, keeping your palms facing you the entire time. Then do the left arm and alternate back and forth.

Standing Barbell Curl: This biceps exercise will hit the over size of the biceps.

The standing barbell curl exercise is the Mecca of all biceps exercises to not include this into your biceps workouts would be madness. Pick up the barbell, with the appropriate weight, keep the barbell at waste height and your palms facing upward. Your hands should be shoulder width apart and your elbows tucked in at your side. Do curls that come almost to your chin, I like to lift my elbows up just a little to get the squeeze at the top of the movement.

Alternating Rotating Dumbbell Curl: This biceps exercise will hit the entire biceps muscle.

With the alternating dumbbell curl, it is simple to do and feels natural as well. Pick up two dumbbells, one in each hand and keep your arms straight at your side. Elbows should be tucked in again and your palms should be facing your body. Starting with the right hand, curl the dumbbell to shoulder height, as you curl to the top, rotate the dumbbell so that your palm is facing your head. As you uncurl your arm, rotate the dumbbell so that your palm is facing your body again. Lift with the left arm and alternate back and forth.

Don't for get to stretch the biceps during and in between the exercises and squeeze Biceps  muscles at the top of every movement.

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