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I have gained 4 kilos (8.8lbs) in the past 3 weeks. This video is an update showing how I look and what I have been doing to gain the weight.

Fine-Tune Your Biceps in Four Weeks

These new techniques will change your approach to arm training, not to mention the size of your bis.

Of all the adjectives that describe your biceps, neglected probably isn’t one of them. Seriously, asking you to avoid training arms this week would be like asking the planet to stop spinning. As a group, bodybuilders typically give more attention to arms than any other body part, save for chest. But what should you do if your peaks don’t live up to your goals, or the pump isn’t going according to plan? Since dedication isn’t the issue, it’s time to look at the finter points of arm training, making subtle and effective changes to your routine. With the four-week specialized program outlined here, at least if the world stops turning your arms’ll keep growing.

Better Biceps

Over the next month, we’ll hit your biceps with the utmost intensity while also paying close attention to the small details within each workout. Each week focuses on a particular area or aspect of biceps training. You’ve likely been using some of these exercises from week to week for quite a while, so they may be very familiar. But some moves and training schemes might be totally foreign to you, which is another great reason to tackle these tips. In addition, each week’s workout can be used in consecutive weeks.

Finally, for all exercises, select a weight that allows you to fail within the designated rep range. We also provide an intensity menu, offering several techniques to take your training to the next level. Follow the instructions carefully, and use the intensity techniques on your last few sets where you see the * symbol.

Biceps Routine

Week 1 (Overall Mass Focus)

Exercise                                                          Sets     Reps

Seated Barbell Curl (on decline bench)              4          8-12*

Straight-Bar Preacher Curl                                4          8-12

Incline Dumbbell Curl                                       3          10-15*

Hammer Curl                                                    3          10-15

Week 2 (Long, Outer Head Focus)

Exercise                                                          Sets     Reps

Close-Grip Barbell Curl                                   5          6-15*

Incline Cable Curl                                            4          8-10

Seated Alternating Dumbbell Curl                   4          12-15

Reverse Curl                                                   4          10-15

Week 3 (Short, Inner Head Focus)

Exercise                                                          Sets     Reps

Kneeling Incline Cable Curl                            5          15

Standing One-Arm DB Preacher Curl              4          12*

Wide-Grip Barbell Curl                                   3          12

Cable Hammer Cur                                         2          15*

Week 4 (Separation Focus)

Exercise                                                          Sets     Reps

Lying Cable Curl                                             5          15-20

Preacher Curl                                                  4          15

Zottman Curl                                                  4          15-20

4-Part Wall Curl                                              1          100 **

*Choose one intensity technique per exercise and use it on only the last set.

** As you’ll see on page 112, the 4-Part Wall Curl puts you in a stronger position with each step back. However, if necessary have lighter weights close by to fulfill the 100-rep set.

Intensity Menu

Use these intensity techniques whenever you see the * symbol. Choose one technique for a particular exercise and utilize it on only the last set of that move.

>> Partial Reps: Perform reps over a partial range of motion - at the top, middle or bottom - of a movement.

>> Forced Reps: Have a training partner assist you with reps at the end of a set so you can work past the point of momentary muscular failure. Your partner helps lift the weight with only the force necessary for you to keep moving and get past the sticking point.

>> Drop Sets: After completing your reps in a heavy set, quickly strip an equal amount of weight from each side of the bar, select lighter dumbbells or move the pin up on the stack. Continue repping until you fail, then strip off more weight to complete even more reps.

>> Rest-Pause: Take brief rest periods during a set to squeeze out more reps. Use a weight you can lift for 5-6 reps (5RM) but do only 2-3 reps, rest as long as 20 seconds, then try for another 2-3 reps. Rest again briefly, then try for as many reps as you can handle, and repeat once more.

Incline Cable Curl

Main benefits: enhances peak, minimizes shoulder strain.

Start

Place an incline bench facing away from a low-pulley cable with a D-handle attached. If your gym has a cable crossover station with adjustable arms, such as FreeMotion, use both arms at once. Grasp the D-handle(s) and sit back against the bench, allowing your arm(s) to be pulled behind you, then lean forward slightly from the waist.

Action

Keeping your elbow(s) fixed in place, curl the handle(s) forward. Squeeze your biceps hard, then slowly return to the start.

Incline Cable Curl in Focus

Placing a stretch on the biceps’ long head while removing delt involvement is another great way to blast the biceps and add height to the peaks. You can do these one or both arms at a time, but either way, lean forward to allow your arms to draw back, which minimizes the delt discomfort common in the standard version. The key is to keep your elbows back as far as possible until you reach failure, then allow your delts to become involved to punch out a few more reps. The right height and angle of the cable will be different for each person, so try a few reps with light weight first.

Kneeling Incline Cable Curl

Main benefit: enhances short-head focus.

Start

Attach a straight bar to a cable set at shoulder level. Sit backwards on an adjustable bench set nearly upright, facing the cable station with either your knees on the bench seat or your feet planted on the floor. Your torso should be fully supported, with your chest against the top of the bench.

Action

Grasp the bar with a shoulder-width grip, allowing your arms to extend in front of you; make sure there’s no slack in the cable at the start. Keeping your elbows in place, curl the bar toward your face, then slowly reverse the motion.

Kneeling Incline Cable Curl in Focus

We’ve talked about the long head or peak of the biceps, but now let’s focus on the inner, short head, since it’s most responsible for how your bi’s look in the mirror. If you lack thickness and size in this inner portion of the biceps, it’s because you’re not giving equal time to moves like preacher curls and high-cable curls. This exercise combines both movements. The incline bench serves as a platform to prevent you from cheating while anchoring you so you can load up the weight. The angle of your arms will lessen the stretch of the biceps’ long head, shifting most of the emphasis to the inner, short head.

Lying Cable Curl

Main benefit: works through strongest ROM

Start

Attach a straight bar at the seated cable row station. Use a shoulder-width grip and slowly lie back, arms extended, keeping your knees slightly bent and your feet against the platform.

Action

With your elbows pinned at your sides, curl the bar toward your chest. Squeeze your biceps hard at the top, then slowly return. As you fatigue, continue bending your knees so you’re curling through only the top half of the movement.

Lying Cable Curl in Focus

This exercise is an excellent way to isolate the biceps, removing backward sway and momentum, and giving you a pump like no other. You can modify your grip width as you would during a standard barbell curl: A narrow grip hits the long head and a wide grip targets the short head. The advantage of this move is that you can bend your knees as you fatigue, allowing you to focus on the strongest portion of the curl - the top half - and take your biceps training to new levels.

4-Part Wall Curl

Main benefit: isolates biceps peak, enhances muscle endurance

Start

Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides and lean back against a wall or pole, placing your feet about 3 feet in front of you. Allow your arms to hang straight down toward the floor.

Action

With your eyes focused forward, curl the weights toward your shoulders while keeping your elbows back. After the first 25 reps, shift your feet back about 6 inches. Continue repping until you hit 50 total reps, then move your feet back another 6 inches for another 25 reps. Finish the set with your feet directly underneath you.

4-Part Wall Curl in Focus

This move is all about mechanical advantage while placing added emphasis on the biceps peak by starting in an incline position. It also entirely removes cheating via the wall or the pole, so you’ll have to go lighter than usual. Shooting for 100 reps will fatigue the slow-twitch fibers before attacking the fast-twitch variety, and with every 25 reps you’ll put your body at a mechanical advantage over the previous angle.

Crush arm days are insane!! My biceps were dead by the end! I could barely hold still to grab a flexie real quick! Did day 4 from crush60 - i love having all the guides and getting to pick what crush workout I want to use! I never get bored!! @crushfit @bbbenwilliamson @aubernutter @sweatphoenix @thehufflepufflifts @xoxkaylamarielifts @baelsberry Thank you for all being inspiring people that have kept me going! And thank you to @oatsnjen for inspiring me to put on some Demi while I worked out today! SO GOOD!! 

November 18 2014 Work Out

Wow these took me a while to post. Sorry about that.

Row

Set 9 at 210 lbs *

Set 10 at 210 lbs *

Set 7 at 210 lbs *

Set 9 at 210 lbs *

Dumbbell Sidebend

Set 16 at 35 lbs

Set 12  at 35 lbs

Set 14  at 35 lbs

Set 10  at 35 lbs

Arm Curl

Set 9 at 120 lbs

Set 8  at 120 lbs

Set 8  at 120 lbs

Set 8  at 120 lbs

Bodyweight Hanging Leg Raises

Set 17

Set 15

Set 18

Dumbbell Hammer Curls

Set 16 at 20 lbs

Set 18 at 20 lbs

Set 12 at 25 lbs

Crunch

Set 9 at 40 lbs *

Set 10  at 40 lbs *

Set 10 at 40 lbs *

Barbell Deadlift

Set 12 at 85 lbs

Set 10 at 95 lbs

Set 10 at 100 lbs

* Maximum weight available

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JUNE 2016

The month of June was consistent, in terms of how heavy I lift at the gym. I still have a lot more to improve on, like my form when bench pressing. There’s always more pressure on my left shoulder and it is getting better. However, I have days where I would bench and be a little weak when it comes to doing other exercises because my left arm was doing so much work.(Ignore my tanned arms and neck lol)

Your attitude towards yourself affects your entire outlook of the world.

Goals for July 2016: Remember to drink a lot more water, sleep a little bit earlier and eat a healthier diet with good portions.

Follow me on my progress @ajmonteprogress (on Instagram) for side by side comparisons from the beginning to the end of the month.

Click here for more #ajmonteprogress posts.

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Scott Herman tips for building biceps

Week 7: Back & Biceps

Deadlifts: 35x16, 45x12, 55x10, 65x5

Standing Dumbbell Curls: 25x16, 35x10, 42.5x5, 45x2

Assisted Chin Ups: 70 x 12,12,12

Seated Cable Rows: 50 x 12,10,10

Standing Hammer Curls: 30 x 12,12,10

Back Extensions: 170 x 12,12,12

Cable Curls: 50x12, 50x12, Max until 20 (Descending Set)

Crunches: 50, 50,50

Stability Ball Crunches: 30,30,30

Workout of the Day - Back/Biceps

Alright y’all! Day 2 of my workout of the days! I put in my own reps that I will be doing today, so modify the amount of sets/reps as you wish.

Again, for beginners, keep the sets to 2-3 and reps to 8-12 to prevent injury. Remember to always have a spotter if needed!

Let’s do this!

4x16 Superset (Done altogether, no rest)

  • 8 reps Wide Grip Lat Pull Down
  • 8 reps Close Grip Lat Pull Down

4x16 Wide Grip Cable Row (Usual weight or Drop set)

Drop set

  • 6 heavy (Add 20lbs from your usual weight)
  • 10 light (Subtract 20lbs from your usual weight)

4x15 T bar row
4x15 Back Extensions

  • Remember not to hyperextend your back when doing this. Keep your body straight.

3x21 - 21’s (EZ bar)

  • 7 reps curl up 90 degrees
  • 7 reps curl down 90 degrees
  • 7 reps full curl

4x12 Bicep Curl
4x15 Across the Body Curl 

killer bicep burnout

this is for the last exercise for biceps, on the curl machine 

3x15 at a comfortable weight (difficult but not impossible)

then a set of 10-12 with 20lbs more than the weight you were doing for the working sets.

down 20lbs, curl to failure

down another 20lbs, to failure

another, failure

another, failure

another, failure

IT BURNS SO GOOD

it also helps if you have someone to help do 1 or 2 reps past failure on each set bc that’s when gainz happen 

29.11.14 (yesterday)

warm up:

300m run

15 pushups

workout:

Bench Press -

10 x 60 kg

8 x 65

6x 70

5 x 72.5

6 x 72.5

5 x 72.5

Flys -

10 x 14 kg each arm

10 x 14

8 x 16

8 x 16

Military Press -

10 x 20 kg

10 x 30

4 x 40

7 x 30

Shrugs -

10 x 60 kg

10 x 80

10 x 90

10 x 100

Shoulder raises -

10 x 10 kg each

10 x 10

10 x 10

Standing barbell curls -

10 x 30 kg

10 x 30 kg

Seated concentration - 

8 x 16 kg each

5 x 16

8 x 14

Wide grip lat mach pulldown -

10 x 65 kg

8 x 70

6 x 75

6 x 75

Deadlifts (testing my back) -

7 x 70 kg had to stop due to back pain.