Bicep Strength Won't Increase
- 03-29-2011, 07:59 PM
Bicep Strength Won't Increase
Hey all, first post here on AM but been an active bbing forum participant for years.
One of the biggest problems with my workout is that my Bicep strength is very poor and never really increases. I don't have this problem with any other muscles, but it's always been a problem with my biceps.
I've done every curl you can think of and varied my reps between 6-12, usually for 3-4 sets. Sometimes I've done multiple exercises, sometimes just focused on one.
What have I not tried here, other than curling 10lbs for 100 reps? Anyone else have and/or solved this problem?
- 03-29-2011, 08:02 PM
How much weight do you really need to curl to get big arms?? I mean we're not talking about the Bench Press, you don't need to curl 200 pounds to get big arms. IMO.
- 03-29-2011, 08:09 PM
Try 30-35 lbs. No bull****. Without getting into all of my other lifts let me just say... that's some sad numbers there.
03-29-2011, 08:16 PM
30-35lbs isn't bad at all. I started out lower than that, being that I never lifted in my life up until 2 years ago. I simply focused on form. This allowed me to move up in weight gradually, and I eventually saw substantial strength increases over a period of 6 months.
03-29-2011, 08:55 PM
Add cheat curls to your workout for a while. Also, train your forearms hard.
03-29-2011, 09:31 PM
03-29-2011, 09:35 PM
You can try changing your routine every 2 weeks or so from heavy low volume to lighter high volume... 3-4 sets in the 5, 3, 1 rep range so you can lift heavier and 3-4 sets in the 12-15 rep range, then occasionally in between too. The idea is Can add cheat curls (where you use your body to swing momentum to get the heavier weight up. Also, some lifts should be slow n methodical w/ concentrated effort.
Just a few thoughts off the top of my head.
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03-29-2011, 10:23 PM
Start focusing on pull ups and chin ups.
03-29-2011, 10:33 PM
03-29-2011, 10:40 PM
I just switched from a 5x5 routine and have noticed a good amount of strenght and size in my bi's. I think the heavy deadlifts and barbell rows really helped me to start gaining again on my bis.
03-29-2011, 11:01 PM
Good point about the back. My back workout has been lacking because I've been stuck at home with dumbbells, but I'm starting a job Monday with a full gym in the building so I can return to a good back routine.
03-30-2011, 12:30 AM
I used to have similar problems until I ditched direct arm work in favor of things like chin ups, pullups, kettlebell exercises, and other multi-joint stuff. My arm size has come along quite nicely, even to the point that my wife has noticed and mentioned it (which takes a lot).
03-30-2011, 11:27 AM
My arms are my weak point also don't feel bad about the 30-35lb (same here) I have noticed that by doing pull-ups more and not cheating as much that what was very hard for x-reps is getting better.I work them and my back 2x aweek also and kickbox which seems to be helping too.Like last week was my first week back lifting (i overtrained)i was doing 25-30lbs dumbell and 60lb barbell curls for reps and already this week im at 35-40lb and 75lb as for me i can live with this from week to week!I always start with my back work too.
03-30-2011, 11:37 AM
some curl and/or neutral grip chin-ups & focusing more on back work. i think hang cleans and shrugs brought my arms as well
03-30-2011, 11:43 AM
Heavy deadlifts, weighted pull-ups, heavy rows.
03-30-2011, 11:49 AM
Kanaka pretty much summed that up for ya man. Kill it on those back workouts and your biceps will be jacked as a result. I hardly even do biceps workouts anymore and they're still getting stronger/bigger, I just really on the squeeze on my contractions with rows/pullups and what not and then I run the rack with hammer curls for a nice pump at the end.
Could also be that your shoulders are a lot stronger than your biceps and are stealing some of the work load. Could focus more on form perhaps with some seated bar curls or lying cable curls. I've never found a good bicep workout that skyrockets my bicep strength though honestly. I've been curlin 55's for as long as I can remember.
03-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Have you tried 21's on the bb with a wide grip?
03-30-2011, 04:18 PM
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03-30-2011, 04:24 PM
The single best bicep exercise I have ever done is the Scott or Preacher curls with negatives. You'll need a spotter. Use a weight that puts you at 100% failure by the 7th or 8th rep. Then have your spotter lift it and do 5-7 negatives.
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