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    Getting 'wider' arms?


    I feel pretty comfortable with my arms in terms of size 'height' wise (i.e. how tall they are when flexing from bottom of tris to top of bicep) but they have never seemed to really fill out and 'buldge'. Instead they remain skinny. I've heard of wide grip curls helping this to an extent, but find them rather difficult to manuever without losing grip, and I'll be honest I haven't done them consistently enough to really gauge progress. Are there any tricks to working the area in between the bicep and tricep to help fatten these arms out? I realize that I'm somewhat on the lean side, but that hasn't stopped other parts of my body from filling out with dedicated work.

    I appreciate any input!

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    Hammer curls
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    Filling out your tricep's outer head and your Brachialis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    Filling out your tricep's outer head and your Brachialis.
    Is filling out the triceps outer head a result of increasing overall size....or is it one of those "use a reverse grip cable pressdown and twist your pinky finger up as you pull down" type of things...?
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    To tell ya the truth, I have pretty decent triceps and i just I don't use trick exercises.
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    I know you can build muscles to make areas larger but I believe it all comes down to genetics.
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    Working in a lot of Hammer Curls will make your arms look much wider in a relaxed pos...
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    Hardcore supination using dumbbells....touch your pinky to lateral delt and squeeze the hell out of your bicep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crpav View Post
    I know you can build muscles to make areas larger but I believe it all comes down to genetics.


    Where you can improve certain areas to a certain extent, it does come down to genetics.
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    rep to bearmeat and jayhawkk for direction (and explanation) I worked some hammers into my workout today and my arms are spent! Def a great workout that I seemed to have overlooked.

    Do you guys recommend alternating these with normal curls, or is it suitable to work them both in my workout?
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    You don't have to alternate every workout but I would switch up every few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camaroguy18 View Post
    Do you guys recommend alternating these with normal curls, or is it suitable to work them both in my workout?
    I am a fan of workout routines having a A week and a B week......so, stick to the same exercises and work same musclegroups in same order....just each week, alternate between two exercises.

    FOr example

    Week A: barbell benchpress
    Week B: dumbbell benchpress

    or

    Week A: Barbell curls and hammer curls
    Week B: Dumbbell curls and reverse preacher curls
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    Could you use the cables for hammer curls. I get the rope and the set it so its all the way on the bottom then i stand over the rope with one hand on one side and on the other. then i just pull up and then when i am all the way up i twist the rope out. Have you guys ever heard of this or seen this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PimpinLow98 View Post
    Could you use the cables for hammer curls. I get the rope and the set it so its all the way on the bottom then i stand over the rope with one hand on one side and on the other. then i just pull up and then when i am all the way up i twist the rope out. Have you guys ever heard of this or seen this.
    As long as you can make constant progress in either getting more reps or adding more weight, it'll work for sure
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    Anytime you keep the elbows in and grip wide when you curl you work the inside of the biceps. Preacher curls w/ elbows in hands wide are great for this...to make the biceps "bulgey" on the inside.

    Anytime you keep the elbows out and grip very narrow when you curl you work the outside of the biceps. This will give the biceps a wider, thicker, rounded appearance. Standing bicep curls w/ straight bar, elbows way wide, hands close together are great for this. You don't need to go really heavy...just slow and controlled. Make sure you are using a curling motion, as opposed to spider curls which drag up the body.
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    You mentioned "Wide Grip" curls and I believe you were mis informed. In order to hit the outer head of your bicep you need to perform "Close Grip" curls. Wide grip would put all of the focus on the inner head. Cross body hammer curls help me in this department, as well as supination when doing sitting incline bench curls. Last time I did these I believe I did 3 sets of 8-10 reps per exercise. Doing reverse grip curls (Palm facing the floor) will help you build up the part of your fore arm that ties to your outer bicep. Try those as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    You mentioned "Wide Grip" curls and I believe you were mis informed.....
    I hope you are not directing your comment at my post...if you take the time to read it you'll see I got it EXACTLY correct.
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    Had the same issues...ditto on the hammer curls...for tris, I really feel the outside doing robe pulldowns and making sure to spread the rope wide at the bottom of the movement...trust me, you'll feel it...
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    Definitely hammer curls. My arms got wider after adding those to my routine as well as some form of reverse grip curls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowlman View Post
    Definitely hammer curls. My arms got wider after adding those to my routine as well as some form of reverse grip curls.
    Dude...I have been doing reverse preacher curls......I'm seeing some great development. Everyone should do reverse curls if interested in obtaining thicker arms and forearms.
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    The hammer curls have been making a great improvement on the look and feel of my arms...I'm going to give reverse curls a shot too starting next week
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    Quote Originally Posted by camaroguy18 View Post
    The hammer curls have been making a great improvement on the look and feel of my arms...I'm going to give reverse curls a shot too starting next week
    Yeah buddy, good to hear it
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    Quote Originally Posted by datBtrue View Post
    Anytime you keep the elbows in and grip wide when you curl you work the inside of the biceps. Preacher curls w/ elbows in hands wide are great for this...to make the biceps "bulgey" on the inside.

    Anytime you keep the elbows out and grip very narrow when you curl you work the outside of the biceps. This will give the biceps a wider, thicker, rounded appearance. Standing bicep curls w/ straight bar, elbows way wide, hands close together are great for this. You don't need to go really heavy...just slow and controlled. Make sure you are using a curling motion, as opposed to spider curls which drag up the body.
  

  
 

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