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4 Moves for Bigger Biceps

Train your guns from all angles – and hit your forearms while you’re at it – with this arm workout.

4 Moves for Bigger Biceps

Being a former Goldern Gloves-contending boxer, Manhattan-based trainer Clay Burwell knows a thing or two about training arms. When it comes to building big biceps, you can’t really stray from doing some sort of curl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t vary your workouts with any number of curling offshoots. In the below Burwell-designed routine, two bodybuilding staples (incline dumbbell curls and cable curls) are grouped with TRX curls, where you lift your bodyweight up using only your biceps.

This combination of free weight training, the constant tension provided by cables and a gymnastics-like strength move will provide a spark to help bring up even the most stubborn of biceps peaks. And because no good pair of arms is complete without adequate forearm and grip strength, Burwell threw in a grueling farmer’s walk with four dangling kettlebells. Expect some next-day arm soreness after this one. 

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Biceps and Grip Workout

Exercise

Sets

Reps        

Unilateral Cable Curl

3

8

Incline Dumbbell Curl

4

10

TRX Curl

3

8

Figure-8 4-Kettlebell Farmer’s Walk

2 10 laps

Unilateral Cable Curl

Burwell’s Tip: “For variety, try using no attachment handle. Grip it by the rubber stopper and step back about five feet from the stack. The cable angle will add resistance at the top of the movement and the hammer grip offers more emphasis on the brachioradialis muscle.”

Incline Dumbbell Curl

Burwell’s Tip: “Make sure you maintain a dead hang in your arms with your elbows pointed at the ground throughout. At the top, hold the contraction for two seconds.”

TRX Curl

Burwell’s Tip: “Your upper arm should be perpendicular to your torso, and there should be a 90-degree angle at your armpit.”

Figure-8 4-Kettlebell Farmer's Walk

Place two five-pound plates on the floor about 15 feet apart. Select two heavy kettlebells (32-50 kg) and two lighter ones (8 kg is ideal). Hold one light and one heavy kettlebell in each hand and walk in a figure-8 pattern around the five-pound plates. Do 10 laps total. If you can do more than 10 laps with relative ease, use heavier kettlebells. 


Clay Burwell

Owner of High Performance NYC, a private personal training facility in Manhattan, Burwell is well known for training such celebrity clients as actor Matt Damon. Burwell, a former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper and Golden Gloves contender, is certified in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Russian Kettlebell and is a level 2 USA Boxing coach. HighPerformanceNYC.com

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