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What does everyone want to show off after years of training in a gym? GUNS! Everyone wants huge bulging biceps that peak like you have a softball under your skin. Try these bicep workouts for huge gains!

By: Matt Weik


Best Bicep Workouts Of The Bodybuilding.com Forums

Think you have the best bicep on the forum? Check out these members' biceps!

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Members' Biceps.

Think you can compete with Jay Cutler?


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Jay Cutler.

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Ronnie Coleman.

What does everyone want to show off after years of training in a gym? GUNS! Everyone wants huge bulging biceps that peak like you have a softball under your skin. With some determination and grueling workouts, you too can achieve skin tearing biceps. But, before we get into how to achieve this feat, let's first talk a little bit about the muscle...


Anatomy Of The Biceps

Biceps Brachii:

    The biceps brachii is a muscle on the upper arm that acts to flex the elbow. It is given the name biceps because it has two heads, and brachii comes from the Latin word for arm.

    The short head of the biceps attaches to the coracoid process of the scapula. The tendon of the long head passes into the joint capsule at the head of the humerus, and attaches on the scapula at the supraglenoid tubercle.

    Distally, biceps attaches to the radial tuberosity, and because this bone can rotate, the biceps also supinates the forearm. The biceps also connects with the fascia of the medial side of the arm, at the bicipital aponeurosis.

Brachialis:

    The brachialis muscle is the main flexor of the forearm. It arises from the distal, anterior half of the humerus and the intermuscular septa. It inserts into the coronoid process and tuberosity of the ulna over the elbow joint.

    Here is an anatomy picture with each of the upper arm muscles:


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    Biceps.


Bicep Exercises

Here are the most common bicep exercises along with how to perform each exercise:

Standing Barbell Curls:

    Standing barbell curls are a basic movement that work the biceps and forearms. Grab a barbell with an underhand grip. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Let the barbell hang in front of you at arms length. Keep your elbows close to your torso at all times.

    Moving only your forearms, use your bicep strength to curl the barbell up to shoulder level. Hold this position for a second to maximize the peak contraction in the biceps. Slowly lower the barbell to the starting position. Repeat.


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Barbell Curls.

    Tips:

    • Do not lift excess weight and use momentum to swing the barbell up.
    • Use a lighter weight and keep the movement slow and controlled.
    • For variety you can use different types of barbells (i.e. an ez curl bar) to work the muscles at different angles.
    • You can also do this exercise with a bar attached to a low cable pulley.

Standing Dumbbell Curls:

    Standing Dumbbell Curls are similar to the barbell curl. It works the biceps and forearms. Grab a pair of dumbbells. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Let the dumbbells hang at arms length on each side of your body. Keep your elbows close to your torso at all times.

    Moving only your forearms, use your bicep strength to curl the dumbbells up to shoulder level. Rotate your hands so that your palms are facing upwards at the top. Hold this position for a second to maximize the peak contraction in the biceps. Slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position. Repeat.


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Standing Dumbbell Curls.

    Tips:

    • Do not lift excess weight and use momentum to swing the dumbbells up.
    • Use a lighter weight and keep the movement slow and controlled.
    • For variety you can do this exercise with one arm at a time.

Dumbbell Hammer Curls:

    Dumbbell Hammer Curls are similar to the dumbbell curl. It works the biceps, brachialis, and forearms. Grab a pair of dumbbells. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Let the dumbbells hang at arms length on each side of your body. Keep your elbows close to your torso at all times and keep the palms of your hands facing each other.

    Moving only your forearms, use your bicep and forearm strength to curl the dumbbells up to shoulder level. Do not rotate your hands as you curl the dumbbells. Hold the top position for a second to maximize the peak contraction in the biceps. Slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position. Repeat.


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Dumbbell Hammer Curls.

    Tips:

    • Do not lift excess weight and use momentum to swing the dumbbells up.
    • Use a lighter weight and keep the movement slow and controlled.
    • For variety you can do this exercise with one arm at a time.

Incline Dumbbell Curls:

    Incline Dumbbell Curls are similar to the standing dumbbell curl. It works the biceps and forearms. Grab a pair of dumbbells. Sit back on an incline bench with your feet shoulder width apart. Let the dumbbells hang at arms length on each side of the bench behind your body. This exercise isolates and stretches the biceps more then standing dumbbell curls so you will have to use less weight.

    Moving only your forearms, use your bicep strength to curl the dumbbells up to shoulder level. Hold this position for a second to maximize the peak contraction in the biceps. Slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position. Hold this position for a second to really stretch the biceps. Repeat.


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Incline Dumbbell Curls.

    Tips:

    • Do not lift excess weight and use momentum to swing the dumbbells up.
    • Use a lighter weight and keep the movement slow and controlled.
    • For variety you can do this exercise with one arm at a time.


Preacher Curls:

    Preacher Curls isolate the biceps. Secondary stress is applied to the forearms. Sit on a preacher bench with your upper arms lying flat on the pad, palms of your hands facing up. Have a training partner hand you a barbell.

    Lower the barbell until your elbows are almost straight and you feel a good stretch in the biceps. Moving only your forearms, use your bicep strength to curl the barbell up to shoulder level. Slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position. Hold this position for a second to really stretch the biceps. Repeat.


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Preacher Curls.

    Tips:

    • Since this is an isolation exercise use lighter weights and really focus on using perfect exercise form.
    • For variety you can do this exercise with dumbbells instead of a barbell.
    • You can also do this exercise with a bar attached to a low cable pulley.

Dumbbell Concentration Curls:

    Dumbbell Concentration Curls isolate the biceps and are good for getting a peak contraction in the muscles. Sit at the end of an exercise bench with your legs spread. Reach down between your legs and pick up a light dumbbell with one hand. Brace your elbow against your knee and fully straighten your arm. Place your other hand on your opposite leg to support your upper body.

    Moving only your forearm, use your bicep strength to curl the dumbbell up to shoulder level. Hold this position for a couple of seconds to maximize the peak contraction in the biceps. Slowly lower the dumbbell to the starting position. Repeat for the desired number of reps. Do the same for your other arm.


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Dumbbell Concentration Curls.

    Tips:

    • Since this is an isolation exercise use lighter weights and really focus on using perfect exercise form.
    • You must make sure you use proper form not only to help prevent injuries but to also make sure you aren't cheating yourself out of lean mass gains by using incorrect form and by bringing other muscles into the lift.

Since everyone is different, not every exercise mentioned will work for everyone. The best thing to do is to try different exercises and see what works for your body. Some people find that working the muscle directly (specific bicep exercises) gives them the best gains while others find that working it indirectly (working the back muscles which uses the biceps in the exercise as well) they get the best gains.


Best Bicep Workouts of The Bodybuilding.com Forums

The following workouts are from members of the forum (hence the title "Ŧamp;quot;Best Bicep Workouts of The Bodybuilding.com Forums"). Enjoy!

Direct Bicep Workouts:

    King Crush:

    • Incline dumbbell curls: 12, 10, 8, failure
    • Ez-Bar or straight bar curls: 12, 10, 8, failure
    • Preacher Curls Ez-Bar or Straight Bar: 12, 10, 8, failure

    • 3 exercises/4 sets each for the bis, and they are fried after this.

      print Click Here For A Printable Log Of King Crush Workout.

      Notes: Some people do not like doing 12+ sets for biceps (most people will consider this many sets as overtraining). However, some people will find that they make great gains using this training protocol.

      I would not recommend doing a workout such as this along with a back workout, nor the day before/after a back workout. Your biceps need an adequate amount of rest to recover and grow.

      I like keeping my bicep workouts short and intense, normally I wouldn't recommend 12 sets and I definitely wouldn't do more than that, but 12 sets might be just what people need for their body to grow (trial and error, see how your body responds). Here is the link that you can check out the whole thread.

    Da Main Man:

      I would opt for a mass builder first - Barbell curls 3 sets of 8, then maybe some concentration curls, for height - then run the rack with alternating DB curls - OR incline curls.

      print Click Here For A Printable Log Of Da Main Man Workout.

      Notes: This in my opinion would be a great bicep workout. It involves a mass building exercise, an exercise for peak, and then a complete exhaustion exercise.

      With this workout you will get under 10 working sets and will have an intense workout when it is finally complete (intensity is very important, you want to keep the intensity high to get the most out of your workout). Here is the link so you can check out the whole thread.

      Here is another good workout from Da Main Man-

      Week 1:

      print Click Here For A Printable Log Of Week 1.

      Week 2:

      print Click Here For A Printable Log Of Week 2.

      Notes:

      This is a good 2 week workout plan. Each workout involves different exercises which hits the muscle fibers a different way. A 2 week plan such as this also changes things up so your workout doesn't become stagnant and it helps keep your muscles guessing from week to week. After doing the same exercises for weeks at a time, your muscles will get used to stimulus and will stop growing; therefore, it is best to change things up every couple of weeks to keep things fresh and new. Here is a link to the thread.

    powerman2000

      I would highly recommend that you periodize your reps from one workout to the next. 6 reps 1 week, 12 reps the next, then 8 reps, then 5 reps, then 10 reps. I train my biceps 2x per week.

      Notes: This style of training helps keep everything fresh and your muscles guessing. Too many times do I see people in the gym who you can literally tell them what they are about to do next because they do the same bicep exercises every week.

      It's good to change things up constantly to make your muscles adjust to new stimuli, therefore shocking the muscle into growing. Also, like powerman2000 mentioned, some people find training a muscle group twice a week helps bring up lagging body parts.

      Personally, I like hitting each body part once a week, and then give it a full week to recover and grow until I work that muscle group again. You really just need to use trial and error to see what your own body responds to best. Your body might like that style of training while other people would be overtraining if they did a workout such as that for a long period of time. Here is the thread that you can take a look at if you wish.

    Jesin:

      6-8 sets MAX:

    • DB/BB Curl
    • Hammer Curl
    • Incline Curl
    • print Click Here For A Printable Log Of Jesin Workout.

      Notes: What I like about this workout is that it is very basic, short, and intense. 6-8 sets with minimal rest will definitely fry your biceps and if they aren't fried by the end of the workout, you need to increase the weights (make sure you keep good form) or increase the intensity by using shorter rest periods. Here is the link to the thread.

    $AJ:

      Pick up some DB's.

    • Curl the DB's for 6-8 reps making certain to have a slow negative (4-6 seconds on each negative. Negative being where you lower the weight).
    • Then put down DB's and take deep breaths for 15-20 seconds.
    • Then pick up the DB's, curl (w/ slow negative) for 2-4 reps.
    • Then put down the DB's, take deep breaths for 15-20 seconds.
    • Then pick up the DB's, curl (w/ slow negative) for 2-3 reps.
    • Rest

    • Pick up the DB's and hammer curl for 6-8reps w/ slow negative.
    • Then put down the DB's and take deep breaths for 15-20 seconds.
    • Then pick up the DB's, hammer curl for 2-4 reps w/ slow negative.
    • print Click Here For A Printable Log Of $AJ Workout.

      Notes: What I like about this workout is that it is brief but SUPER intense. I would not recommend using this workout every week; it is a good workout to use if you hit a plateau or if you want to really stimulate the muscle fibers differently than what you have been in the past. Here is a link to the whole thread.

Indirect Bicep Workouts:

    Mikey1

      The best bicep workouts are chin-ups, pull-ups and BB rows.

      Notes: These are 3 indirect exercises which stimulate the biceps very well. Some people do absolutely no direct bicep exercises and make nice bicep gains by just doing these 3 exercises. I would suggest 4 sets of each and a rep range between 6-10. If you are looking to do indirect stimulation of the biceps, this workout is definitely the right choice. These are the 3 exercises that you need to do if you want to indirectly work your biceps. Here is the link to the whole thread:

Direct & Indirect Bicep Workouts:

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There are many different ways that you can stimulate the biceps, direct/indirect and both. You can use just about anything in the gym to stimulate the muscle (barbell, dumbbell, cables, tubing, bodyweight).

You can use several different techniques to stimulate the muscle as well: negatives, super-sets, rest-pause, 21's, and super slow training just to name a few. However, the best single exercise to put some serious mass on your biceps is the straight bar curl. If mass is what you are looking for then you definitely need to add the straight bar curl to your workout (preferably in the beginning when you have the most energy).

Super Set Video Guide:

Rest-Pause Video Guide:

What Are 21's?
One of Arnold's favorites. Using the curl as an example, you would do 7 full reps followed by 7 half reps from the starting position to half way up followed by 7 half reps from half way up to the top of the movement. All of this counts as one set.


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21's Using The Curl.

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A huge misconception is that you can be 150 pounds with 6% body fat and have 18 inch arms. Frankly, it's not going to happen, and if you are in fact similar to what I just mentioned, then pat yourself on the back because you are straight up A FREAK (in a good way).

To gain size on ANY body part, you need to bulk. In a nutshell you have to increase your calories so that you are taking in more than you are burning off. A good start would be to find out how many calories your body needs a day, and then add up to 500 more calories to that number.

I recommend you give some of the above workouts a try and see how they work for you. Who knows, maybe in a couple years your arms will look like Greg Valentino's (or maybe not).


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Good luck and good health!

Matt Weik
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