How come when I do bicep curls, I only feel my forearms burning but not my biceps? Is that normal?
Thread: I don't feel my biceps burning.
01-30-2010, 05:25 PM #1
01-31-2010, 01:07 AM #2
not sure if its normal, but it happens. I can feel every muscle I work while I work it, but I have a hard time feeling my biceps until the next day, so I know I worked them. The one thing I can't do is preacher curls with an EZ curl bar. It puts too much stress on my forearms for some odd reason, so I just don't do them. I will from time to time use DB's on the preacher bench though.
I have found a few moves that help me feel it better. I still do standup curls with a straight bar, or cables curls with a bar. But seated curls with strict form help me to feel the muscle. Another good one for really feeling the bicep is sitting on the incline bench, around a 45 Deg angle, and use lighter weight with good form. Do the reps slow and consist, don't go all the way down to lock out, stop just short of putting your arm fully extended. Also, I squeeze at the top for a second before I start to decend the DB.
In addition, you may want to try using lighter weight. Many times, people use weight that think is a good weight, but is too much and their form suffers. I recenlty did just that without even knowing it. Im usually a form Nazi but was recently corrected by a workout friend. I had to drop weight to get my form back. Its not hard to slip up once in a while.
01-31-2010, 01:15 AM #3
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Shut your forearm flexors off by creating a "loose" wrist.
Drop the weight by half, start doing your bicep exercises by not flexing at the wrist, the tension will be on your elbow flexors completely.US Marine 0311 Combat Vet
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01-31-2010, 07:15 AM #4
If you want your biceps to burn, check out Fitnessman's Bicep Training Secrets thread. A lot of folks on here have used it and reported much success. Good stuff.North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation Competitor
01-31-2010, 07:47 AM #5
When you don't feel the muscle worked it is usually because you aren't getting that mind muscle connection. That usually comes from using more weight than you can handle to do it. Try some incline curls. Don't allow your head to move off the bench. It is easy to feel the bi's on lifts you can't cheat on so easily. With heavy BB curls you can cheat like crazy.
01-31-2010, 08:28 AM #6
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If you're feeling it mostly in your forearms, then you may be working too hard on keeping a grip on the weight. That will impact the physical and mental aspects of the curl.
Like a couple of other posters said, cut the weight in half and do some curls with strict form and really concentrate on what your bicep muscle is doing. (You can even do this with no weight at all if you really focus.) When you have that feeling burned into your mind, gradually increase the weight keeping the bicep doing all the work. If you start to feel anything in the forearm, lower the weight.
And don't be afraid to check your ego, if necessary. If you train 'em right you can build a good set of guns that you'll be proud of. It just takes a bit of mind/muscle work.A bodybuilder uses the weight to work the muscle.
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02-01-2010, 08:18 AM #10
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02-01-2010, 08:46 AM #12
This is a routine I used last week to work on biceps. I haven't had biceps soreness for months despite working them out on regular basis, mixing my exercises, and increasing the weight. My last arms workout was last Wednesday (5 days ago). It's Monday now, and my biceps are still sore. They hurt so bad over the weekend, that I couldn't sleep at night on Friday.
This is the routine, I warn you, if executed the right way, it will give you a taste of hell on earth:
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02-01-2010, 09:10 AM #13
I used to work out with this guy from Laos. He was like 5'2" 125 with 18in. arms. He taught me to do force reps with no lockout, limited range of motion. Basically, going past a certain point brings your forarms and especially elbow tendons too much into play. Those will fail way before the bicep will. He showed me how to stop before that, then pull to the point of max flex, then go back down. The spot would be to get to the stop point, then assist to if the weight could not be handled by the tendons, to the point where the bicep would take over.
Sounds like a lot but it's very simple. The basic idea is this, the range of motion where the bicep is actually working, without being held back by the forarms and elbow tendons, is actually pretty small.
I do this with my brother now and we'll be doing it today. We finish back workout with bi's. We'll use 115 with a standing BB curl. Get as many reps as we can full range of motion, then a spot to "stop" the weight pre lockout, then a spot to force the last couple reps to pure bicep-only pull, which is like about 1/3 of a full range of motion. My brother has been thoroughly impressed with this. He said his bi's were sore for 3 straight days last time and he's never felt them even close to that sore.
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01-08-2015, 08:50 AM #16
I actually found preacher curls were very effective for bicep burn.. However in doing them, you need to keep the weight a bit lighter to avoid putting too much stress on the tendon - especially if you intend to do a full extension.Always learning....
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