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Intense Arm Routine Gets The Job Done!

Build Bigger Arms: Intense Arm Routine Gets The Job Done!

Big arms, who doesn't want them? This article is about how to train them to make them big, strong, and something that will be shown off.

Big arms, who doesn't want them? All those pics of Arnold flexing those 22 inch guns, seeing Hulk Hogan hit that triceps shot in the interview before he went on his rant about who he was about to run wild on, and countless other images hit the mind when you think about the biceps, triceps, and forearms.

If you are looking for all the nicknames and analogies for arms, then look somewhere else. This article is about how to train them to make them big, strong, and something that will be shown off whether you are wearing a tank top or a suit.

A Word Of Nutrition

Now before anything else about training is mentioned, I want to emphasize the importance of nutrition. It is more important than the training is. If you don't give the muscles the tools necessary for recovery and supercompensation, then they won't get bigger or stronger.

I recommend no less than 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, then you would eat 200 grams of protein daily divided evenly over six to eight meals. I also recommend 1.5-2 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight daily.

Again, if you weigh 200 pounds, then take 200 and multiply 1.5 and you get 300 grams of carbs daily. Also, don't neglect those essential fats you need. EFA's and fish oils are among a slew of choices for good fats. One gallon of water a day is an absolute must. You must drink the water to get results.

Supplementation

There are good supplements out there, but no one supplement is the solution for big guns. I don't care who the guy is flexing the arm or what company is making the ad. Don't buy into it. Nutrition and training is the key. However, supplements are good for helping you meet your goals. They "supplement" your training and nutrition.

I recommend a good multivitamin first and foremost. Good protein powder is second, and if it is affordable, N.O. products and creatine certainly will benefit you in the long run. The brand is up to you. Follow the directions on the labels to the T. Do not exceed the recommended dosages! This won't help, and if anything, it will hurt your gains long term. Don't do it.

Finally, we get to the training.

However, I want to caution you that if you don't train the rest of your body as well as your arms, then you might not find as much success... as much as you would if you do train everything equally.

Your body is a machine and you must maintain everything equally in order for it to run efficiently. You must hit the chest, delts, back, abs, and yes, legs. Do not be one of those guys that have a neurosis for leg training. Hit them as hard as you would any other body part.

If all that is understood, then we will get into the actual workout.

The Workout Program

You might gain a quarter of an inch on your arms in a month, then again, you might gain over an inch. The results depend on the person. But I will tell you that anyone that has done this program has gained at least a quarter of an inch in four weeks. It is a lot of volume, but that is why you only do it for four weeks. Any longer than that and it is overtraining.

You only do this once a week as well. As tempting as it may be, do not do this more than once a week for four weeks.

EXERCISE 1 Barbell Curls
4 sets of 10, 8, 6 reps

You can either use the straight bar or the EZ Curl Bar like I do. Either way, keep the elbows in, come up with a count of one and lower to a count of three. Let it stretch for a count of one and repeat.

You will do four sets. The first one for 10 reps, the second set for 8 reps, the third for 6 reps, and then a drop set where you go to failure, lower the weight on the bar, go to failure again, and then lower the weight on the bar and go to failure one more time.

This is intense, so be prepared.

EXERCISE 2 Close-Grip Bench Press
4 sets of 10, 8, 6 reps

You are letting your biceps rest and moving on to triceps. Take a shoulder-width grip of the bar or if you need to, a little closer. Lower the weight down to a count of three and push back up to a count of one. Squeeze at the top for a count of one and then repeat.

You will do four sets. The first one for 10 reps, the second set for 8 reps, the third for 6 reps, and then a drop set where you go to failure, lower the weight on the bar, go to failure again, and then lower the weight on the bar and go to failure one more time.

EXERCISE 3 Alternating Hammer Curls
4 sets of 10, 8, 6 reps

Now we are going back to biceps and we move on to hammer curls. Grab the dumbbells with your palms facing each other. Lift with one arm to a count of one and lower to a count of three. As soon as the first arm is lowered, immediately start with the other arm the same way. Lift to a count of one and lower to a count of three. Repeat after that.

You will do four sets. The first one for 10 reps per arm, the second set for 8 reps per arm, the third for 6 reps per arm, and then a drop set where you go to failure, lower the weight, go to failure again, and then lower the weight and go to failure one more time.

EXERCISE 4 Lying Triceps Extensions
4 sets of 10, 8, 6 reps

Once again, we switch to triceps. Take a bar and lie flat on a bench like you would for a bench press. Bend at the elbows and lower the bar until it right above your forehead (hence the nickname skull crushers). Lower to a count of three and then return to the start position to a count of one. Squeeze a the top for a count of one and repeat.

You will do four sets. The first one for 10 reps, the second set for 8 reps, the third for 6 reps, and then a drop set where you go to failure, lower the weight on the bar, go to failure again, and then lower the weight on the bar and go to failure one more time.

EXERCISE 5 Lying Cable Curl
4 sets of 10, 8, 6 reps

This is a weird movement but a good one. Cheating will not happen here. Take a straight bar attachment and hook it to a lower cable pulley. Grab the bar and then lie back in front of the station. The bar should be in your hands with your arms stretched out. Curl the bar up to a count of one and squeeze at the top for a count of one. Lower back down to the start to a count of three. Hold at the bottom for a count of one and repeat.

For this exercise you will do two sets of 20 reps with one minute of rest in between.

EXERCISE 6 Triceps Pushdown
2 sets of 20 reps

Take a rope attachment and hook it a top cable pulley. Grab the rope by the ends. Keeping the elbows locked into your sides, lower the weight for a count of one until your arms are stretched out. Hold for a count of one. Raise the weight back up for a count of three. For this exercise you will do two sets of 20 reps with one minute of rest in between.

Forearms

Believe it or not, there is no forearm exercise. Grip the handles with a white knuckle grip with every set you do and you will feel it in your forearms I promise. Although I do train forearms normally, I do not with this program.


Conclusion

That is it and that is all. Do nothing else for anything else the day you train arms. Get out of the gym and find some food to help you recover. Take a day off after that to help you recover as well. This is intense and this is not to be taken lightly.

Do it for four weeks and then move on to something with less volume. I do this workout once every six months. Give it a try and hopefully it works as well for you as it has for me and my clients.


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Tough workout! The good thing about it is once you dominate a certain weight you can increase the weight and just keep using the workout.

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@kellham.. Very True

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the pictures of the blonde female with a happy-go-lucky expression upon her face really discourages my belief that this workout routine is the right one to fit my goals to be beefcake...

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The drop sets at the end of every exercise sounds intense so what if you work out tricep with chest Monday and bicep with back Tuesday and do this Friday or is tht to much training ?

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Gonna give it a shot.

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