Many beginners spend their time with long and exhausting biceps workouts to achieve those big arms, but in most of the cases the result just does not come. They make the huge mistake of thinking that “The more I train arms, the bigger they are going to be”. In this post, you will understand the quality over quantity is the key factor.
Here are facts and suggestion that you need to understand to build bigger arms. (Read the bottom for the best way to get big arms.)
Firstly, all of us are different, we come with different heritage. Some of us comes with broad shoulders while others with a massive chest. Others have thin legs or arms.
For example, genetically I have big biceps and triceps muscles, so for me arms workout has never been so hard. On the other hand, my legs are pretty thin, like my father’s, so I should spend more time on them.
If you have weak triceps and biceps, you will have to pay more attention to them. It does not always mean that you should have to spend more time on training arms, but instead of more intelligently. You should do exercises that will build mass.
Your arm is not just your biceps
One of the biggest mistakes of beginners is thinking that biceps workout is the key to getting bigger and stronger arms. 70% of your upper arm size depends on your triceps muscles. Therefore, you need to pay attention to your triceps more than on your biceps.
In addition, a lot of people forget about the forearm. In my opinion, having a massive forearm is a manly thing. You must not neglect this body part that takes place in almost all sorts of exercises. Since I pay attention to them, I see excellent development in several other exercises such pull ups, chin ups and so on.Related: How to build forearm muscle and improve grip strength
Use heavy weights
It is a fact that to gain bigger muscles, heavier weight must be used. Of course, it is the same with arm training. You need to increase the resistance frequently to stimulate the muscles to grow.
Do the right type of arm exercises
The best equipment for building mass is free weights or your bodyweight.
As you see from the infographic above the mostly recommended biceps exercises are dumbbell or barbell curls and chin ups. I agree! These moves let you use really heavy weights that will stimulate the biceps muscles efficiently. Barbells and dumbbells are necessary tools for improving power and the best way to build biceps.Related: How to build biceps without weights
For triceps, bodyweight or weighted dips, close grip bench press and pullover the best most efficient exercises if you want to get big arms. However, since your triceps are built up from more muscles, you need to attack it with some additional workouts such as with ones you can do with cable.Related: How to get bigger triceps without equipment
Finally, about forearm training. 80% of my workouts are bodyweight ones, and I use the forearm exercises mentioned below with great success. In most of the cases, these are the variations of pull ups. Besides, I do the reverse curl. I’m also thinking about purchasing some sort of hand strengthener equipment for pumping and to make my program more diverse.Related: How to make forearms bigger with bodyweight moves
Do the moves correctly
I have seen so many people doing curls badly which is not only not as efficient, but also dangerous and can cause serious injuries. It is crucial to learn how to perform the movement correctly. Do not handle big weights until you are not familiar with the exercise.
The proper reps and sets
If you want to build muscles and strengths the number of reps should be between 6-12, the optimal is around 8. If you can do more reps with your chosen weight, then you should increase the amount since we want to build arm muscles mass. However, you should test how many reps and sets work you the best.
Stretching and recovery
Doing stretching exercises before and after your workouts not only helps to avoid injuries, but also has a positive impact on the strength and muscles grow. Spend at least 5 minutes with stretching.
You should also rest your muscles. Never forget, your muscles grow when they rest.
The shape of your biceps is also responsible if your arm looks big or not. There are several exercises that help to make your biceps wider, longer or higher. You can read more about these movements here – Bicep training tips
The most important part of bodybuilding is your nutrition. You need to consume the right type of foods to give the complete fuel for your body that supports muscle growth. It is a huge topic to talk about here, but you should increase your protein intake with supplements or by eating protein-rich foods.
I usually read on various discussion forums questions like “How I can get bigger arms in 2 weeks/fast?”. In 2 weeks?! Do you think, that those huge-armed guys in the gym build those muscles in such a short time?
Good results need time and dedication. Never give up! If you follow your workout routine and test, you are going to reach your goals.
Use your imagination
One of my favorite advice from Arnold Schwarzenegger is the following ” See yourself having huge muscles”. Whenever he worked out, he saw himself in the mirror growing bigger and bigger. I recommend you to do the same. It is unbelievable how powerful our mind is.
Overall, these are the most vital things you should keep in mind if you want to get bigger arms. If you follow these tips, you will be able to achieve your goals faster than you think.
A few more tips
How to get bigger arms without weights?
There are numerous bodyweight exercises that develop your arm. You can find information about them in calisthenics category.
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