• Olympic Lifts For Big Biceps

      By Charles Poliquin, Iron Man Magazine

      Q: Do Olympic-lifting exercises have any value to a bodybuilder in increasing arm size?

      A: Yes, strange as that may sound. In fact, Iíve found that power snatches are one way to help overcome a slump in biceps training.

      There are two reasons for that: First, lowering the bar from doing power snatches or power cleans provides a rapid eccentric stretch for the elbow flexors. It recruits them in a manner they are not accustomed to and helps break a plateau. Second, power snatches help develop better thoracic and cervical alignment, which provides better neural drive for the elbow flexors.

      Where is the research on it? Nowhere. Just years of strength coaching and living in the now, paying attention to athletesí training journals and eventually looking at progression curves with the strength-training software I developed.

      Editorís note: Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the worldís most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic med-alists in 12 different sports, including the U.S. womenís track-and-field team for the 2000 Olympics. Heís spent years researching European journals (heís fluent in English, French and German) and speaking with other coaches and scientists in his quest to optimize training methods. For more on his books, seminars and methods, visit www.CharlesPoliquin.com.
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