Tag: curls

Hypertrophy

Arm finishers that add size fast

Tom Coleman is a Bulk Powders sponsored athlete. He won his pro card in 2014, came third in his first competition in 2015 and then returned his card in 2016 to focus on coaching and his career while competing at the highest level as an amateur. Mostly, you’ll build big arms by focusing on the basics: focusing on good form when you lift, maximising time under tension and keeping a strong mind-muscle connection when you lift. However, there are times when four sets of curls won’t cut it, or when you want a little something extra to finish your session…

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Hypertrophy

The best way to build big arms

Editor’s Note: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Poliquin in September 2018 aged 57. He was responsible for popularising so many of the training methods used today in gyms the world over and, as much as anyone, changed the way we all lift weights for the better. For that, we will be forever grateful. Charles Poliquin is one the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 17 different sports. He is based in The Rockies, Colorado. If you come from the same genetic stock as Ronnie Coleman, you can just do a…

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Hypertrophy Strength

Should you try fat-grip lifting?

Editor’s Note: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Poliquin in September 2018 aged 57. He was responsible for popularising so many of the training methods used today in gyms the world over and, as much as anyone, changed the way we all lift weights for the better. For that, we will be forever grateful. Charles Poliquin is one the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 17 different sports. He is based in The Rockies, Colorado. I first read about the advantages of thick-grip training back in 1982 from US strength coach…

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Hypertrophy

How often should you lift to failure?

Chris Beardsley is a biomechanics researcher. He is also the editor of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Lifting to muscular failure when strength training is a tactic used by bodybuilders, pro athletes and the general population for maximising gains in muscular size. But is going all the way to muscular failure really better than leaving a few reps in the tank? Before we go any further, we need to establish exactly what the term ‘muscular failure’ means. Muscular failure is frequently used in research studies but precise definitions of this term are quite rarely discussed. In…

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Hypertrophy

The 5 most over-rated moves for muscle

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Let me start by saying that I love all types of training. My training history has focused on bodybuilding, but I love all reasons for weight training, as well as climbing, running, swimming, yoga, pilates – whatever gets you moving is a good thing with me. And I love all exercises. None are intrinsically bad, each serves a purpose and, if performed properly, they will have a beneficial effect on your body. But when it comes…

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