Teds Tips to Bigger Arms- Tri Harder
Let’s be honest we all envy that guy we see whose arms barely fit his t-shirt. Who can honestly say that they don’t want bigger arms.. ..The truth of the matter is arms are almost everyone’s favorite body part to train- when we talk about getting an insane pump it’s not usually referring to our calves or our back- its a pump in the arms- its that point where you can no longer touch your shoulders cause your arms are so filled with blood it hurts- this is what Arnie referred to as the ‘feeling that is better than sex’…. Now I might not go as far as to say that but yes we all love the pump..
Here in lies the problem- we all love training arms and whilst I can’t talk about Over-training a muscle group as i train everyday- the problem is too much emphasis falls on isolation moves for the arms and the muscles that make up the arms (biceps and triceps) are overworked and are not allowed enough time to fully recover and grow before being worked again. What some people fail to realize is that whilst training other body parts the arm muscles will be playing a role (training chest or shoulders you are working your tricpes- whilst training your back your biceps will be working) in either stabilizing the weight or helping lift the weight- therefore too many programs are written that do not allow enough time for the arms to fully recover (when you lift weights you essentially tear the muscle fibres- if you do not allow enough time for them to recover they will just continue to be torn down without ever being able to grow back bigger and stronger… when you rest is when you grow)
Too much volume and emphasis is placed on arm training, considering the size of the biceps and triceps. To reduce the volume i would suggest doing 2 exercises for biceps and 2-3 for triceps- and only 3-4 sets of each exercise- i see programs that have 5 exercises for biceps and hundreds of sets and reps- this will be detrimental to your goals for bigger arms (assuming you are a natural lifter). Also try giving your arms at least 48 hours before training them again- Yes i train everyday but the way i split my training routine up allows me more than 48 hours before training arms again. If you are a natural lifter you might want to consider not training arms on their own day- stick to compound movements of larger muscle groups (bench press for chest- row for back-squats for legs) your arms will play a role in these compound lifts (even in squats) and as you get stronger in these main lifts your arms will get stronger as well-(stronger muscle usually leads to a bigger muscle) It will also lead to an overall increase in muscle size- and these compound lifts have been shown to help increase your natural testosterone levels – more testosterone in your body = bigger muscles .. Try training your arms at the end of the workout after completing your heavy compound lifts- they will already be warmed up – for example if you were going heavy on bench then your triceps will have been worked so they will only need one or two isolation exercises at the end to force growth in the muscle.
The other problem is the focus on the biceps- yes we all want a big bicep but in reality the triceps make up larger portion of the arm- think of it Bi=2 Tri=3. Therefore our main tip to getting bigger arms is to shift focus from training our biceps to training our triceps.
AND REMEMBER WHEN TRAINING TRICEPS OR BICEPS FOCUS ON THE CONTRACTION OF THE MUSCLE AND FORM/TECHNIQUE OF THE EXERCISE- YOU DON’T NEED TO THROW AROUND STUPIDLY HEAVY WEIGHTS….
Try varying rep ranges and exercises as our genetics differ from person to person it is impossible to suggest the best rep range for everyone- what i will say is try the basic 8-12 rep range to start with but if you do not see progress (after 6-8 weeks) try going heavier and reduce the number of reps- or what i have found that works better for me is a slightly higher rep range of 15-20 reps.. but like i said it will differ from person to person..
Below is a great video of Steve Cook and Rob Riches taking you through some tricep exercises.. enjoy