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Curls For Bigger Muscles
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This is no surprise, if you want bigger, awe-inspiring muscles, you have to curl. Unlike any other body part, except calves, biceps can be developed with only one type of workout: curls. There are different types when doing the curls, each one providing a different type of resistance. Using three exercises, you can hit the biceps from every angle and focus on building mass, density and shape.
When it comes to building sheer mass, there is no better exercise than the barbell cheat curl. I would start the movement with a barbell at thigh level, shoulder-width grip, and nudge it into motion with a slight “kick” from my body. I’d choose a weight that was too heavy for me to curl using strict form, but not so heavy that I had to rely solely on body English to get the weight from point A to point B. The idea behind cheat curls is to get the barbell past your sticking points and let your muscles get stressed fully at the points where they would normally find the exercise easy. Because you’re stronger during the negative phase of a lift, the heavier weight used for cheat curls also lets you work the biceps during the all-important downward half of the movement.
Dumbbell curls performed on a bench set at a 45-degree angle are great for making the biceps grow. Unlike cheat curls, you feel tension throughout the entire range of motion when doing incline dumbbell curls. This exercise should also be performed more slowly and in a more controlled manner than cheat curls. When you get to the top of the movement, really squeeze your biceps and hold for a second. Envision your biceps as boulders as you flex them, knowing that the harder you flex, the denser they will become.
With these three curling movements in your arsenal, you can’t help but build the kind of biceps that look as good onstage as they do on a beach. Remember: for big biceps, you’ve got to curl, curl, curl!




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