Working the Biceps

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by mikey_270, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. mikey_270

    mikey_270 New Member

    This cycle I have been using barbell curls for biceps. What exactly is meant by "switch it frequently"? Does it mean subtle changes like using an ez-curl bar instead of a straight bar - or would that be enough of a change cause any benefit? Would using dumbells be enough of a change? What other exercises could be used for the biceps?

    Also, how frequently should this be switched?


  2. mikey_270

    mikey_270 New Member

  3. ZeroAkarui

    ZeroAkarui New Member

    it just means switch the exercise, in any way. Right now I'm doing Ez-Bar Bicep Curl one day, then EZ-Bar Reverse Curl the next workout. You don't need that drasstic, but just make it different in any way and it'll shake thing up.
  4. Tom kristensen

    Tom kristensen New Member

    Be carefull when you switch excersises. The new excersise should at least put as much strain on the muscle than the previous or else you have the RBE problem even if you increase the weight.

    My favorite are db curls sitting on an incline bench. It stretches the biceps more than ez-curls or barbell curls.

    By the way I don't think it is nessesary to switch excersises during a cycle.
  5. Steve McDermott

    Steve McDermott New Member

    Unless you are having issues with an exercise, don't change them mid cycle. Wait until next time and do it then if you feel you need to.

    In my experience, you don't need to change them at all. I have such limited equipment at home that I have been doing mostly the same lifts for years and I have progressed just fine.

    Just my observation
  6. bodyguard

    bodyguard New Member

    what you also can do is this:

    - In the 15t: EZ bar

    - last week of the 10th and in the 5th's you can do hammer or another one what you like.
  7. volatile

    volatile New Member

    What do you know..sounds like I've been rotating my bicep exercise all along.
    At my gym, they have barbells that already have the weight built onto to the bar.
    These barbells increase in increments of 5, with the weight ending 0 being flat bars and the weights ending in 5's being flat bars.

    I have been meaning to ask for awhile, do you all find the preacher curl bars easier to lift than the flat bars?
    When I'm doing 65 pounds on the curl bar as opposed to 60 pounds on the flat bar, I find the 65 pound curl bar easier to get a grip and lift.

    I guess since I've been rotating this whole while, I won't need to, or it won't be necessary, to make any changes for my bicep exercise come next cycle?
  8. BoSox

    BoSox New Member

    I can't do curls with a straight bar anymore. It just kills my forearms. Just feels like it's stretching something way too much.
  9. Kate

    Kate New Member

    [​IMG] Exactly what I like to do!

    Steve is right. Switching up biceps exercise has more to do with preventing over use injuries than it does growing more muscle.
  10. volatile

    volatile New Member

    So it isn't just my imagination, it is harder to do curls with a straight bar as opposed to a z bar.
  11. skinnyman

    skinnyman New Member

    hi doods,

    for the 15s and early 10s, i'm thinking of chins [machine] doing the bicep work and during late 10s and so on, i'll move on to incline curls. is that okay? [​IMG]

    others do ez curls during 15s and early tens but for some injury reason i can't do normal curls (for the left hand) and can't do hammers for the right hand. talk about imbalance..

  12. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden New Member

    Straight bars kill my wrists, especially on the preacher curls, you gotta remember that you are the best tool when it comes to finding out the best exercises, i mean if something hurts, and not a muscle burning sensation, it would be wise to stop.
  13. Louno

    Louno New Member

    are chin up considered a bicep workout as well as lats workout ?

    with palms facing each other , or palms facing yourself.
  14. Dood

    Dood New Member

    They both hit the biceps, I would think palms facing you more so. Any exercise where you bend the arm on the concentric uses the biceps.
  15. Louno

    Louno New Member

    i know they hit the biceps, but i was wondering if they could be considered a bicep exercises,
    how about on a seated pullup/chinup cable machine ?

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