I was wondering if it is better to have your biceps or triceps stronger or should you try to strive for equality in strength for both?
Is your reasoning purely from an aesthetically pleasing standpoint or would it help prevent injuries?
I tried searching for this but couldn't find anything, so I apologize if this has been brought up many times before.
Thread: Biceps vs Triceps strength ratio
05-01-2010, 06:47 PM #1
Biceps vs Triceps strength ratio
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05-01-2010, 08:21 PM #7
As to why I want to get a general idea.
Hamstrings and quadriceps are used for different movements and cannot be easily compared but if you have very strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings you are more likely to obtain a hamstring injury.
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05-02-2010, 04:05 AM #11
Like they said it's about leverage, you can't compare, I can do 25s on EZ bar curl on curls, but I can do 15s on the skullcrusher, yet my triceps are better developed compared to my biceps.RMCF
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I just don't see how one can compare the strength of two different muscles to each other since there's no good way to compare. You can only compare lifts.Strength + Speed = Power
If you never fail, you aren't truly pushing yourself to the limit. If you never push yourself to the limit, how do you know what you're truly capable of?
03-09-2012, 10:26 AM #13
It's a fairly easy comparison really. They are both dominant muscles of the arm and body buildig world. It's not out there to ask such a question. they both do separate duties, but overall stength, the tricep should be much stronger. The tricep is also significantly bigger than a bicep, by atleast %50. So in short, doing nothing but curls won't beef those guns up alone. Gotta work the tricep to get em bigger!
03-11-2012, 06:21 PM #14
Not to mention we've got flexors besides biceps helping it out (brachialis/brachioradialis).
This myth will naturally stick around for years, propogated by guys like me who hate biceps who lack awareness of what motivates their views.
How much people can do in either iso is circumstantial and means nothing.
Or to get more specific: the biceps' antagonist is the long head of the triceps, and the lateral/medial heads of the triceps are the antagonist of the brachialis and maybe the brachiradialis.
Maybe the reason your triceps do less in isos is that you pre-exhaust them by relying on them more in pushing movements than you rely on bis during pulling?
03-11-2012, 06:30 PM #15
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