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Gain Bigger Biceps In Four Weeks

Written by Jack Boardman


Bigger Biceps in Four Weeks


Struggling to develop bigger biceps is often not the result of not trying, but rather misusing your energy and a lack of routine. We’ve put together a few pointers as to why you are not seeing the results you want, along with a plan to help you achieve your goals in four weeks.

 

If you think you’re training your biceps regularly enough, there are several other factors that could be the reason you are not seeing the growth you want. Not training enough is an obvious one, but if you regularly lift weights this is not likely. The biceps are a small muscle group that are involved in many favourite exercises, including pulling and rowing motions – not to mention other exercises wherein the biceps are supportive of other muscles.


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Another reason for underdeveloped biceps, or them not maintaining the volume you’re after, is that you may be thinking too much in terms of reps and going too light with the amount you lift. If you’re lifting light with a high number of reps this may pump them up but only on a temporary basis.

 

Bicep curls are single joint exercises or isolating exercises, which are a perfect way of zeroing in on a specific muscle group. One of the disadvantages is the strain it puts on the joint you use, and also that you can’t go as heavy as when you’re performing compound lifts.

 

This workout looks at compartmentalising your bicep routine. This is because many people do not think in terms of muscle groups and tend to adopt one-size fits all method of working out. Curls are fine to a point, but unless you use different grips, angles and vary intensities, you are not going to hit all the muscle fibres you mean to. To that end, this workout breaks up your routine and week-by-week makes sure you’re working different parts of your bicep.

 

In terms of weight, you ought to look at a mid-heavy weight, with emphasis on complete reps.


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Week 1: Focus on overall mass coverage

 

Sitting dumbbell curls (alternating)

4 sets  8-12 reps

 

Preacher curl with barbell

4 sets  8-12 reps

 

Inclining dumbbell curls

3 sets 10-15 reps

 

Hammer curls

3 sets 10-15 reps


Week 2: Focus on the long outer head

 

Barbell bicep curls (close grip)

5 sets  6-15 reps

 

Inclining cable curl

4 sets  8-10 reps

 

Sitting inclining dumbbell curls

4 sets 12-15 reps

 

Reverse barbell curls

4 sets 10-15 reps


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Week 3: Focus on inner short head muscle

 

Kneeling incline cable curl

5 sets 15 reps

 

Dumbbell preacher curl

4 sets 12 reps

 

Barbell curl (wide grip)

3 sets 12 reps

 

Hammer curl using cable

2 sets  15 reps


Week 4: Overall coverage

 

Preacher curl

4 sets 15 reps

 

Zottman curl

4 sets 15-20 reps

 

Seated row

5 sets 5 reps

 

Pull-ups

5 sets of 5

 

Heavy lifting is the key to muscle growth, and so when looking at a bigger picture and longer term bicep building, you should factor these exercises in with compound lifts (multi-joint exercises) that also work your biceps.

 

Last but not least, to ensure you’re doing all you can, you need to address the matter of your nutrition and see that you’re getting the calories and protein that you need building bigger biceps.


 

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.


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