I'm sure you understand by now that your muscles grow when they're at rest rather than work . So if you keep your biceps at work by targeting them more than once a week , you're setting yourself up for major disappointment!
This is where the “more is better” crowd will lose every time! Stick to only one targeted workout per week in arms and you'll give them the much needed recovery time to pack on new muscle.
STEP 2: Upgrade your R.O.M.
No, I'm not talking about your computer…I'm referring to your muscle's RANGE OF MOTION .
If you ever want to grow your bi's to their full potential, you must concentrate on hitting all of the muscle fibers. The only way to do this is to take the muscle from full pronation to full extension.
Look, you're not impressing anyone , especially that cute red head over by the water cooler, by stacking up the EZ curl with massive weight and flopping your body all over the place like a hooked bass, your arms barely lowering the weight to full extension.
You must start every single rep with your arms fully extended . (Yes…I know this makes the exercise harder , now grab a tissue, wipe away the tears, and get back to work.)
A little trick to help you accomplish this is to first briefly (like a split-second) flex your triceps before raising the weight each rep. Since the only way to do this is to fully extend your arm, you'll know you've begun each rep in the optimum starting position to stimulate new muscle growth.
STEP 3: Recruit Your Main Squeeze
To get your biceps to become bigger, you first have to show them what it's like to BE bigger.
Here's how it's done…
At the very top of your curl, when your bicep has peaked, squeeze the muscle hard for approximately 1-2 seconds. Your curls will make your muscles contract, effectively setting up a “road block” in your bicep. That final squeeze you add will literally force blood, water, and lactic acid into the contracted muscle, causing an intense “pump”.
In response, the muscle cells themselves begin to thicken , the capillaries within the muscle grow in number and size to hold more fluid, and “satellite” stem cells split off to form NEW muscle fibers, already pre-programmed for growth.
Well, there you have it…but now comes the hard part . And no, I'm nottalking about picking the weight up and starting your curls.
The hard part will be forcing yourself to actually decrease the weight you currently use because chances are, you've been working too heavy in order to pad your ego, while sacrificing the most effective ego-booster… Bigger biceps! But trust me, the growth you'll get from incorporating these 3 principles will more than compensate for your initially bruised ego.
Best Compound Exercises to Build Muscle Mass
Here's a list of the most powerful mass-building compound exercises to build into the core of your bodybuilding program:
Muscle Group: Shoulders
Targeted Compound Exercises: Military Press, Hang Clean and Press, Arnold Press, Dumbbell Military Press
Muscle Group: Arms
Targeted Compound Exercises: Close-Grip Chin Up (palms facing your face), Dips, Close-Grip Pushup
Muscle Group: Legs
Targeted Compound Exercises: Barbell Squat, Deadlift, Lunges
Muscle Group: Back
Targeted Compound Exercises: Chin-Up (palms facing away from face), Cable Pull-Down, Deadlift, Cable Row or T-Bar Row
Muscle Group: Chest
Targeted Compound Exercises: Pushup, Dips, Bench Press, Incline Bench Press