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4 Arm Exercises For Bigger Biceps

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

By Joe Wuebben & Clay Burwell

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. 


   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
See next page for tips on how to best perform these moves.