Many people go to gyms with the purpose of getting slim and being healthy, but there are quite a few people who go to the gym to get cut. Arms are one of the main areas that they focus on, and if you are one of those people, then it’s important that you target exercises that will help reach your goal and not just waste time and energy.
So, here are 11 effective arm workouts that are sure to bulk up those guns!
1. Pull Ups
One of the simplest forms of exercise you can do is one of the most effective to make sure you develop strong, and well-defined arms. Developing the ability to pull up your own body weight will make you stronger, so if you want to become mighty as well as muscular, then pull-ups are perfect for you.
2. Push Ups
Push ups, similar to pull-ups, train your arms to balance your whole body mass, and as we previously saw, that’s one of the best ways to bulk up muscle and make them strong as steel. Push-ups are also great because they are less likely to cause injury, especially if you are just a beginner.
3. Standing Dumbbell Curls
This one is also pretty simple to do, and it will give your forearms and biceps great size and definition. All you need is a pair of dumbbells that are around 25 pounds each. You can lift them both at the same time or alternate between the two with repetitions of 10 curls on one arm at a time, 3 rounds each.
4. One-Arm Standing Dumbbell Curl
Once you’ve built some strength up from regular dumbbell curls, it’s time to move on to single-arm ones. This time, you’ll be using a dumbbell that weighs a bit more, which will force your triceps to work harder and make them stronger. But be careful, this move requires careful and slow progression.
5. One-Arm Dumbbell Rows
This exercise focuses on building up strength in your back, forearms, biceps, and triceps; and it will definitely make you feel the burn! To do this, you’ll need a flat bench that can support your weight. You need to place you left hand and knee on the bench, with your right foot on the floor. Then you need to curl the dumbbell upwards above your torso using your right hand, and then slowly extend it downwards; repeat.
6. Lying Triceps Extensions
This exercise is ideal to tone and strengthen your triceps and forearms. Here, you need to lie on your back on a flat bench and hold a barbell straight above your chest. Without shifting the position of your forearms, you then slowly lower the weight towards your head and stop when it is above your forehead. The main thing to remember while doing this exercise is to make sure that you have a strong and steady grip and that you focus on what you’re doing.
7. Alternating Incline Curls
Lie down on a bench that is set to a 60% incline. Hold the dumbbells with a neutral, steady grip with your palms facing in, and slowly contract your right bicep until it reaches chest level. Then slowly raise the weights, keeping your upper arm tight to your body and gradually rotating your palms externally so that it ends up facing the ceiling. This move is great for building up biceps.
8. Standing Shoulder Press
With this exercise, your forearms, biceps, shoulders, chest, and muscles are getting an all-in-one workout! You need to use two dumbbells, which you will curve upwards to chest level. Then you need to rotate your wrists externally and push upward in a single, fluid motion.
9. Overhead Triceps Press
This triceps exercise requires for you to be sitting down. You’ll hold a single dumbbell with both palms, gripping it near the top disc. Starting from chest level, lift it above your head; then bring it back down behind it, all the while keeping your upper arm still and elbows tucked in as it comes down.
10. Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension
Lying on a bench, you’ll hold two dumbbells straight above your chest with inward-facing palms. Without changing the position of your upper arms, slowly bring the dumbbells down towards the side of your head with the help of your elbows. Pause when your forearms are below parallel, contract your triceps, and bring the weights back up to the starting position.
11. Bent Over Barbell Rows
Hold your barbell in front of your body, gripping it with a width that is slightly wider than your shoulders. Tighten your body’s core, keep your back straight, and drop your torso down to a 60-degree angle. Next, you will contract your back and biceps, pulling the barbell upwards into the top of your core. Hold your position for a second before returning to full extension. This exercise works on those biceps and your back.