How to build equal size Biceps and Triceps

August 11, 2009 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

How to build big musclesWhenever the summer months begin to approach and the clothes on peoples back become less and less, you will inevitably see people flaunt their muscle sculpted and toned bodies that they have been working on during the winter months, and so they should. But one thing I do see every now and again is guys with huge arms…but not the whole circumference! What they would tend to have is large tricep muscles but small bicep muscles. So their arms would appear large in size only from a side or back viewpoint.

This is not the result you want!

Whenever you see someone with arms as I have described above, then they have been focusing to hard on one muscle group too much, in this case, the triceps. In general the tricep muscles are bigger than bicep muscles, and they will be the main muscles of the arm that stand out as your muscles grow. To prevent this one must work the biceps with exercises such as chin ups or any exercise that requires a pulling movement. After this it is then good to get into a habit of leaving bicep curls exercises till the end of your workout. This will ensure that your biceps are evenly worked compared to your triceps.

Even more important

The above is how you ensure a good balance and workout of both arm muscles. But what one must first acknowledge is that the arm muscles are still only facilitators of moving the larger muscle groups. Because of this, the arm muscles have no choice but to get stronger when the bigger muscle groups gets worked. Bigger muscle groups that the arms assist with would be with exercises such as:

  • Bench-press (Chest, Shoulders muscles)
  • Various row exercises (Back muscles)
  • Military press (Shoulder muscles)
  • Chin ups/ pull-ups (Several muscles)

If you focus on working on the above major muscle groups with the said exercises, your biceps and triceps will improve in strength and size naturally.

The key thing here is to:

  1. Keep your main focus on a full body workout
  2. Keep specific exercises for your triceps and biceps (or when weaknesses occur)

The reason why one may get carried away and focus on the arms only, is because they are the stand out muscles that every one will see with most of the clothes you wear. And this mindset is wrong. However, I believe there are exceptions.
Take someone like myself for example. Being 6’1 with longer legs and arms than most individuals, I have a much harder time building my biceps and tricep muscles to a reasonable size, compared to someone who maybe shorter than myself. So while the bigger muscle groups like shoulders back and chest develop naturally, my arms (and legs) tend to get left behind, even though I began my workouts with a ‘fully body workout’ mind set.

Keep working hard, be consistent and natural results will come!

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