The Solution To Limited Arms Growth

Breaking through arm growth barriers:

A jacked set of arms is one of those aesthetic muscle groups that will quickly turn heads no matter where you are. For the hard gainer, having big arms feels like a never-ending quest that’s always just out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s review the best arm exercises to grow your biceps and triceps.


Biceps Brachii: As the name implies, the biceps brachii have two sections or heads. The long head runs along the outside of the arm and is the foundation of what we refer to when we say “biceps.” The short head runs along the inside of the arm.

Biceps-Brachialis: A deep-layer muscle found beneath the biceps brachii. It helps with flexion at the elbow, and by targeting this part of the biceps, you can achieve that classic peaked look when flexing.


One sure way to make your biceps bigger is by paying sufficient attention to the brachialis. When it gets bigger, so does the entire arm. The best way to activate the brachialis is slower speed and isometric actions.

Slow Hammer Curl with Isometric Contractions: Use a rope attachment for a low-pulley curl. Hold the rope with a vertical grip and your palms facing each other – this is the classic hammer grip.

As you curl, move slowly and squeeze as hard as possible. Curl the rope halfway up on your last repetition and hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Focus on squeezing as hard as you can.

Chain Curls: Using a chain stresses your entire bicep muscle because you won’t be accustomed to the awkward and wide grip required to hold the chain. Beginning at the hips, keep your arms at your sides as you slowly lift the chain up towards your shoulders. Perform three sets of chain curls: Begin with a regular grip; for the second set, use a hammer grip, and finish with a reverse grip where the palms are facing the floor. Again, on the last repetition of every set, curl the chain halfway up and hold for 10 to 20 seconds as you squeeze as hard as possible.


Triceps Brachii: Made up of three heads, the triceps forms the classic horseshoe on the back of your arm. It makes up most of the size of your overall arm and is also important for shoulder stabilization and chest support.


Given that the triceps muscle makes up the bulk of your arm size, you’ll want to focus on hammering them as hard as possible to trigger growth.

Decline Bench Dumbbell Overhead Extension: Performing this exercise with a decline bench will increase muscle activity compared to the flat bench version. The increased muscle fiber activity will be essential for muscle hypertrophy (growth). Hold a dumbbell with both heads above your head. Ensure the core is tight and your elbows point towards the ceiling as you lower the dumbbell.

Close Grip Heavy Press with Pin Rack: Using a squat rack or power rack allows you to substantially increase the weight without the risk of injury. Adjust the pins to allow for as much range of motion as possible while allowing enough room between you and the bar should it fall. Lying on a flat bench, take a close grip on the barbell. Your hands should be inside of shoulder width. Perform a bench press with your elbows close to your side. As you extend the barbell at the top, do not lock out your elbows. Squeeze your triceps as hard as you can during the exercise.


Critical for proper wrist and elbow range of motion, the forearms are made up of several small muscles and connective tissue. Here is a breakdown of the most important ones:

Flexor Carpi Ulnaris: This is the outside of the forearm, and one of its most important jobs is to give your hand the ability to move inward (adduction).

Flexor Carpi Radialis: This is the middle of the forearm. It allows you to move your hand to the side (abduction).

Pronator Teres: This is located on the inside of the forearm, allowing you to move your hand downward (pronation).


Incorporating forearm-focused exercises into your routine is essential if you want balance in how your arms look. You’ve probably seen guys with giant biceps and triceps and small T-rex forearms, and this is a look you want to avoid. Here are two forearm exercises to ensure you complete the package:

Heavy Deadlifts Without Straps: Pulling heavy weights without straps builds grip strength and maximizes hypertrophy. Place a loaded barbell on the ground in front of you. Stand with a hip-width stance. Begin with an overhand grip on the barbell, placing your hands outside your legs. With your chest up, hips above the knees, and a flat lower back, pull the weight up but do NOT use your arms to pull. Your arms are there to hold the weight, not pull it up. Drive the hips forward to lock out, then slowly reverse the movement, bringing the barbell to the ground. Perfect your deadlift: Read our article on the complete deadlifting checklist. These are things you must do to avoid injury and see incredible results.

Wrist Rollers with Reverse Curls Superset: To finish your arms workout, you’ll want to bring your forearms to absolute failure. The way to do this is to superset barbell wrist rollers with reverse curls. Start with a straight barbell and an overhand grip. With a slight bend in the elbows and the barbell hanging by your hips, roll the barbell in your hands with a forward motion. Alternate from left to right and back again. Soon you’ll feel a burning in your forearms. Keep going until you can’t possibly do any more. Now immediately jump into reverse curls. You can use the same straight barbell, but if you have wrist issues, use an EZ-curl barbell. Keep the upper arms at your side, and with an overhand grip, curl the barbell toward your shoulders. Again, do as many as you possibly can without losing form.


Using the exercises from above, here’s your new Arms Day workout:

  • Chain Curls: 2 x 12-15
  • Decline Bench Dumbbell Overhead Extension: 3 x 8-12
  • Close Grip Heavy Press with Pin Rack: 2 x 8-12
  • Heavy Deadlifts Without Straps: 3 x 5-8
  • Wrist Rollers with Reverse Curls Superset: 1 x Failure 
  • Slow Hammer Curl with Isometric Contractions: 3 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions

Achieving Arm Aesthetics:

In the quest for sculpted arms that turn heads, we've explored the anatomy of the biceps, triceps, and forearms, and delved into the best exercises to grow these muscle groups. By focusing on specific movements and training techniques, we can unlock the true potential of our arms and bring them to new heights.

The journey to bigger, more defined arms begins with understanding the intricate anatomy that lies beneath the surface. From the two-headed biceps brachii to the powerful triceps brachii, each muscle plays a crucial role in not only arm aesthetics but also overall upper body strength and stability.

For the biceps, we discovered the significance of the brachialis and how targeting it with slower speed and isometric actions can unlock unparalleled growth potential. The slow hammer curl with isometric contractions and chain curls tested both strength and focus, ensuring that no part of the biceps was left unchallenged.

Turning our attention to the triceps, we learned that they are the true giants of arm size, forming the impressive horseshoe shape on the back of our arms. The decline bench dumbbell overhead extension and the close grip heavy press with pin rack proved to be the heavy-hitters in triggering substantial growth and power in these essential muscles.

But a complete arm aesthetic cannot be achieved without giving due importance to the forearms. Often overlooked, the forearms play a crucial role in wrist and elbow range of motion, completing the package for a well-proportioned arm appearance. Heavy deadlifts without straps and wrist rollers with reverse curls brought a fiery intensity to the forearms, ensuring they were not left behind.

Combining the best exercises for each muscle group, we've crafted the ultimate arms workout - a symphony of strength, intensity, and dedication that will leave no doubt about the dedication you put into sculpting your arms. But remember, it's not just about lifting weights; it's about pushing yourself to the limits, embracing the burn, and refusing to settle for mediocrity.

So, fellow fitness enthusiasts, unleash the true potential of your arms with this comprehensive workout and be prepared to witness the fruits of your labor. Embrace the journey, stay consistent, and let your arms tell the captivating story of your dedication to the art of bodybuilding. Get ready to turn heads wherever you go - for the quest for jacked arms is no longer out of reach. It's within your grasp. Now go and conquer those gains!


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