There’s certainly been no shortage of arm-enhancing workouts over the years.
And for good reason.
When someone asks you to make a muscle, chances are you don’t flex your traps or rise onto your toes to show off your calves. You’re going to roll up your sleeves and flex your biceps, inviting onlookers to your own personal “gun show.”
And while those arm-focused articles can prove helpful, many seem to present the same basic information, which can only take your gains so far. In an effort to help you bust through your biceps-building plateaus, we’ve got a unique approach to promote new growth for those all-important show muscles.
Before hitting the weights, know that genetics play a pivotal role in regards to the shape of your biceps. If you’re a fan of bodybuilding, you’ve seen images of Mr. Olympia champions (and the like), and how different their arms look.
With that said, you can adopt a unique lifting approach that’ll help maximize your genetics by targeting every muscle fiber during the all-dumbbell biceps workout below. It’s called the ESP(x)2™ Training System Approach:
E = Eccentric (focus on the negative contraction of the exercise to create both mechanical tension and muscle damage)
S = Stretch (focus on the stretch position of the exercise to create both mechanical tension and muscle damage)
P1 = Peak Contraction (focus on the “squeeze” of the exercise in order to recruit the largest motor units and increase “neural drive”)
P2 = Pump (focus on manifesting the greatest possible blood flow to the target muscle to induce metabolic stress)
The following exercises will touch on all of these muscle-building approaches.