I have a fascination with practical strength. Many have called me a purist, which is probably due to the loving relationship I have with my power rack and how I snuggle my Atlas stones at night.

I also enjoy working with people and teaching them that there's more to muscle than aesthetics. However, I tend to run into the same problem that Bob Hoffman did: Even though bodybuilding as a sport had yet to emerge, his Olympic weightlifters were obsessed with the size and shape of their arms. Instead of fighting the biceps and triceps mania, I've decided to embrace it.

Because of the different origins, attachment points, and lengths of the biceps and triceps, you can separately emphasize each head by changing the position of your arms or the rotation of your wrists.

And because your arms are heavily recruited during other upper-body work, you only need a small amount of specialization to turn those shapeless lumps into chiseled man-hammers.

Half-Hour of Power Arms Workout

During this program, you'll learn how to utilize a variety of techniques to develop full and balanced arms. You'll do three pairs of exercises, supersetting a triceps movement with a biceps movement.

You'll start with some heavy strength work and transition into a higher rep range for hypertrophy. This workout may not take long, but you'll get all the emphasis you need to add size and shape to your biceps and triceps.

30-Minute Muscle: Bigger Arms In 6 Moves
Half-Hour of Power Arms Workout
Superset 1
JM Press
In my opinion, there isn't a better movement for building thick, strong triceps than the JM Press. This movement is frequently used by powerlifters to turn saddlebags into extensors that would make Optimus Prime jelly. Knock out five reps and immediately go to the chin-ups. After adequate rest, bump the weight up and do it again. Continue increasing the weight each consecutive set so that your final set is an absolute battle with the devil.
4 sets, 5 reps
+ 3 more exercises


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About the Author

Matt Biss

Matt Biss

Matt Biss is a training and nutrition specialist. He earned his B.S. in Exercise Physiology and is a certified personal trainer and strength coach.

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