How To Get BIGGER ARMS Using Only Dumbbells!
If you’re wondering how to get bigger arms, you need to read today’s post. We’re going to be going over a CRAZY routine that will build up mass in your biceps and triceps.
How To Get Bigger Arms - Exercise #1
Starting off with our biceps, we’re going to be doing strict supinated curls. 4 sets of 10 repetitions will be enough to feel the burn.
We’re mostly going to be targeting the inner or the short head of the biceps. However, we will still have a bit of an effect to hit the outer head. The next exercise will be focusing on that specific area.
When performing this exercise, one of the main cues that I want you to focus on is keeping your upper arm, from elbow to shoulder, completely stationary. Just imagine you have a metal rod running through your elbows and through your torso.
One of the main mistakes guys tend to make while performing any form of a curl, is to initiate the movement by incorporating the interior or front head of the deltoid and lifting that elbow upward. See photo above for an example of this. This is sort of a cheap repetition and by keeping that upper arm completely stationary, we can have a better time at specifically isolating the biceps.
Now, while we’re bringing the dumbbell up towards the shoulder, think about shortening, contracting, and flexing the bicep as hard as possible. This will maximize the effectiveness of the exercise. Once the dumbbell is at the top of the range of motion, you’re going to be coming down for about one to two seconds on the eccentric portion of the exercise. This will increase muscle damage and increase time under tension.
How To Get Bigger Arms - Exercise #2
Exercise number two, hammer curl holds. This exercise will hit the outer head of the biceps and the brachialis. The brachialis is that little muscle that lies between the biceps and triceps. When you grow this muscle it will push those two muscles apart, which will increase the height of your arms.
This exercise will be four sets of 12 repetitions. Like the curls above, make sure your upper arm is completely stationary. When you’re bringing those dumbbells up, think about trying to actually crush the dumbbells with your hands. This will activate more of your brachioradialis. We’re never just executing an exercise for the sake of lifting the weight up and putting it down, there’s intention behind each repetition.
When the dumbbell gets to the top of the range of motion you’re going to incorporate a one second isometric hold. This is to ensure you are focusing on flexing the brachialis and the outer head of the biceps. After this one second, you will be bringing the dumbbells down in a slow and controlled manner to increase time under tension.
A common mistake to avoid is having the elbows drifting backwards, thus releasing a lot of the load off the lever arm and making the exercise easier. Make sure you are keeping the upper arm completely stationary and you will maximize the effectiveness of this exercise.
Bigger Triceps - Exercise #3
Moving onto the triceps routine, we’ll be performing overhead extensions. This exercise will target the long head of the triceps and we will be performing three sets of 10 repetitions.
The two main points that you should be thinking about when executing this exercise is one, to ensure you’re keeping your elbows tight to the head and changing this exercise to more of an extension. This will turn it into more of a press which will incorporate your shoulders more in this exercise.
The second point is to focus on getting depth when you’re bringing the dumbbell down and make sure you are getting a full stretch of the triceps. This can be accomplished by bringing the dumbbell as low as possible without movement from the upper arm. When reaching the bottom of this movement, focus on extending the arms upward and flexing, contracting, and shortening those triceps.
Avoid stopping at the top of the motion and catching your breath or getting prepared, then dropping the weight back down. Focus on keeping tension on the triceps, whenever you hit that lock out, bring those arms right back down.
Bigger Triceps - Exercise #4
The fourth exercise on this list will hit all three heads of the triceps. This will be close-grip dumbbell pushups. We’ll be performing three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions.
Note: do not use circular dumbbells for this exercise as you will injure yourself. If you don’t have hexagonal dumbbells, I recommend you perform the diamond grip when performing every repetition to prevent injury.
When performing this exercise, think about keeping those arms close towards your torso. This will maximize the recruitment of the triceps and less of the shoulders or chest. When you’re coming down, focus on getting a full range of motion. Bring your chest down, touching the dumbbells, and when you’re coming back up focus on contracting the triceps.
You’ll notice when performing this exercise that the pecs will be recruited as well, which is perfectly fine. However, after we’ve performed the overhead extensions, the triceps should already be pre-fatigued. So these three sets of 15 repetitions of the close-grip pushups should work perfect.
As always, don’t rush repetitions. Focus on maximizing the time under tension, around one to two seconds per rep.
A common error that you need to avoid when performing this exercise is this drooping of the hips, as you can see in the photo above. This will cause a lot of compression on the spinal discs. Focus on keeping that torso straight like a plank when performing this exercise.
Bigger Triceps - Exercise #5
The final exercise will be the lying tricep extensions. This will conclude the triceps portion of the workout with three sets of 10 repetitions.
If you don’t have a bench, that’s totally fine and you can perform this exercise on the floor. As I’ve mentioned with all of the other exercises, the main goal is to keep that upper arm as stationary as possible while only hinging at the elbows.
Notice on the photo above that when bringing those dumbbells down, I’m letting the top of the dumbbell lightly tap the top of my shoulder. As soon as that connection is made, I focus on bringing those dumbbells up by contracting my triceps as hard as possible. With that, I’ve also significantly increased time under tension for this exercise.
Above is a demonstration of improper movement. This is what happens when you aren’t focused on keeping those upper arms completely stationary which allows the elbows to drift forward. This is not good for the joints. Make sure when you are completing this exercise that you aren’t doing quick repetitions. This typically happens when you aren’t focused on keeping the upper arms stationary.
The goal is intention, intention of trying to contract the muscle and keep it under tension as much as possible to stimulate hypertrophy.
That concludes today’s blog post on how to get bigger arms in the comfort of your own home. Hopefully you can use these tips to correct your form and get those BIGGER arms that you’ve always wanted.
Thanks for reading,