Thursday, May 26, 2022

Bicep Workouts : Bicep Curls: A Horribly Inefficient Exercise

Bicep Workouts : Bicep Curls: A Horribly Inefficient Exercise
Bicep Curls: A Horribly Inefficient Exercise

Let's be honest, bicep curls take up a lot of our time at the gym. Whether they are dumbbell curls, barbell curls, concentration curls, or preacher curls, most guys have done 'em all.

Isolation exercises, such as the biceps curl, are best left to bodybuilders. The idea that our muscles need to be worked on one at a time has been ingrained in our culture since the muscle mags of the 70s glorified guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

Isolation exercises may help you grow stronger, but at one muscle group at a time, you will be spending a huge chunk of your life working out just to get into decent shape. Most guys take a week at the gym to work each of their muscle groups individually. Much better to do compound exercises that work several muscle groups at once so you can get on with everything else you need to do in your busy life. Complex exercises also help you develop better coordination and balance.

You may be thinking that if you ignore bicep isolation exercises that your body will somehow look "unbalanced," with flabby parts and ripped parts. Well, the body is meant to perform complex movements such as the squat and the press, and will naturally look "balanced" if you make them your weight lifting staples.

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