Forearms: The Forgotten Muscles?

Like any other muscle, you want to be careful not to over-train forearms. However, make sure never to neglect forearm training. Training forearms is imperative for bodybuilders, powerlifters or fitness enthusiasts alike.
Forearms are certainly one of the more abandoned muscle groups among the moderate weightlifters and fitness fanatics. Some of the more casual body sculptors realize that biceps and triceps exercises conveniently hit the forearm muscles as well. But to the more hardcore bodybuilders, however, working forearms is an essential part of your workout regiment. So to build some huge forearms, go straight forward with these painfully numbing exercises.


Forearm Exercises & Training

Reverse Curl: View Exercise

Take the barbell and hold it down at your thighs, gripping it a shoulder's length or perhaps an inch or two narrower. Make sure that you have a reverse grip, which means that your palms are facing away from you, not toward you. Keeping your elbows locked into your sides, slowly lift the bar toward your torso.


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You should stop when your forearms are completely contracted, which means that your hands should be across from your shoulders. Slowly let the weight bring your arms back to the starting position down at your legs; while you squeeze your forearm muscles during the negative motion. Try 8-10 reps for three sets.

Barbell Wrist Curls: View Exercise

This exercise is more effective from a seated position. Sitting on a bench, take the barbell into your hands with your palms facing upward. Make sure that your hands are together during this exercise, maybe a half inch between them. Also, your elbows should be locked to the insides of your knees. With the weight on your fingertips, your hands should be pointing toward the floor as your wrist forms an angle of almost 90 degrees.


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Then, roll your hands upward, as the bar gradually rolls into your palms, until your wrists are straight and no longer bent downward. Squeeze the forearms throughout the entire range of motion. Slowly allow the weight to bring your hands back down to the starting position. Repeat the motion, doing 8-10 repetitions for a set of three.

Reverse Barbell Wrist Curls: View Exercise

This exercise is practically identical to the barbell wrist curls (above) with one exception. The palms are facing downward instead of upward. Sit on the bench and lock you elbows inside your knees. The weight should be down at your fingertips and your wrists bent toward the floor.


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Slowly roll the weight into your palms, lifting the weight upward, squeezing the forearm muscles the entire time. Bring your wrists up as far as they'll go, and then slowly bring the weight down to the starting position. These should really burn! Try three sets of 8-10 reps.


Points To Keep In Mind

Like any other muscle, you want to be careful not to over-train forearms. Injuries to these muscles could seriously hamper your workouts. Think of how many other muscles depend on forearms during workouts: biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, and chest. Keep your sets and your training weight to reasonable limits.

However, make sure never to neglect forearm training. Training forearms is imperative for bodybuilders, powerlifters or fitness enthusiasts alike.

References

Fitness Analyst, "Training Forearms". 2003.
Bodybuilding For You, "Forearm Training – Forearm Exercises". 2003.
Popular Fitness, "Forearm Exercises". 2003.

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