One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how to get bigger arms”. This is an important question since big arms (big biceps and big triceps) can dramatically improve your physique. However, at the same time, most people don’t realize that building bigger arms is no easy feat and is a much slower process than most people perceive it to be. Even if you choose all the right arm exercises and do all the right arm workouts, growing bigger arms can often seem painfully slow. However, if you’re serious about getting bigger arms, then luckily there are a few arm exercise strategies that research indicates are able to considerably speed up the process.
The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure you’re doing enough volume and enough arm exercises in general. Research has indicated that increase the volume dedicated to your arms can speed up growth. This can be easily done by adding an extra arm exercise to your routine or adding an extra set to your arm training every week, and gradually building up to 20+ weekly sets for the arms. This includes indirect work from compound movements. Then, once progress stagnates, reduce the volume of your biceps and triceps exercises for a while before repeating the process.
Next, you’ll want to prioritize arm development by moving your arm exercises to the beginning of your workout. Research has shown that prioritizing the arms in this way provides better results in terms of bigger biceps and bigger triceps, as opposed to performing your arm exercises last. So in a pull workout for example, move your biceps exercises before your back exercises to prioritize the arms more.
Next, you’ll want to focus on progressing your arm isolation exercises just as you would your main compound movements. Research indicates that progress with isolation exercises is a better indicator of muscle growth than progress with compound exercises. Meaning that you need to focus on progressing your arm isolation exercises week to week, as this will be more indicative of arm growth overtime.
Lastly, in order to best apply the previous tip, you’ll want to avoid switching up your arm exercises too frequently. This way you’ll be able to better track your progress with them overtime and get stronger with them week after week. Only once your progress plateaus or you get bored/demotivated of the same exercises should you consider switching it up.
As I say quite often, if you want to see the best results then it’s vital that you choose the right exercises and variations. But, even more importantly is that you implement and progress them correctly within your routine.
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