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Incline Bicep Curl vs. Dumbbell Incline Curls
Who Wins When It Comes To Growing Arms?
The Cable Incline Bicep Curl or Incline Dumbbell Curls? If you chose the Incline dumbbell Curl, I’m
going to show you why the Incline Bicep Curl shouldn’t be counted out when it
comes to growing serious guns!
I’m Psymon H., the 50-something-year-old war-horse, making
his name from improving physiques and growing natural muscle with minimal
equipment. In this article, we'll discuss the differences between Cable Incline
Bicep Curls and Incline db Curls.
First, I'll explain the differences between the two
exercises. Next, I’ll show you how best to execute Cable Incline Bicep Curls
for maximum growth and how to perform the exercise if you train at home and
don’t have access to an overhead cable pulley system.
To end this exercise tutorial, I'll also share a 5-minute
incline Bicep Curl workout you can do for a crazy pump and serious growth
Incline Bicep Curl
Incline curls are an isolation exercise that uses a
"pull force" to target the bicep muscle. It mainly targets and
activates the three flexor muscles located on the front of the arm called the
bicep brachii, brachioradialis, and the brachii.
The biceps brachii has two heads or origins. This is where
the 'bi' in biceps comes from. It crosses two joints – the elbow and the
shoulder meaning that it can influence the movement of both joints.
If both exercises are curl movements designed to work the
biceps, why would they not feel the same?
When we work with dumbbells, we're essentially working
against gravity. The exercise feels hardest when the dumbbell is at a 90-degree
angle to the working muscle.
When you start an incline dumbbell curl, the first portion
of the movement is easy compared to when the dumbbells reach a right angle to
the bicep muscle.
When you lift the dumbbell any higher than 90-degrees, you
take away much-needed stress from the muscle. If you're not sure what I mean,
just curl a dumbbell past the 90-degree angle. You'll notice that you can keep
it in this position for quite a while.
Try the curl again but this time curl the dumbbell to a
90-degree angle and let’s see how long you can hold the position without
letting the dumbbell drop.
When you use cables, the weight and tension are distributed much
more evenly throughout the movement.
You can also work to strengthen
the area that connects the bicep to its origin on the scapula, which is often a
weak and overlooked area, and where most bicep tears happen.
After everything has been said and done - In my opinion both
exercises hold merit when it comes to growing biceps.
We'll perform the incline cable curls slightly differently
from how you'd expect by using two rope attachments instead of handles so we
can include one of the major roles of the biceps, supination.
Items Needed: An
overhead pulley system, incline bench, and two rope attachments. (This can also
be done using two resistance bands and an overhead anchor.)
Setup: Attach the
two ropes to the overhead pulley and pull them through so they become two long
ropes. Set your bench at a 60-degree angle a few feet away, facing the station.
Cue 1: Grab each
rope with a pronated grip (palms down) and sit back on the incline bench.
Cue 2: Lift your
chest and tense your core.
Cue 3: To start
the exercise movement, turn your wrist into a supinated position as you begin
Cue 4: As you
curl the ropes closer to your head, lift your elbows slightly and squeeze the
biceps hard before returning your arms to the pronated position at the
beginning of the exercise.
Try to keep your back in contact with the bench by only
moving your arms.
To avoid using your front delts; your shoulders must remain
locked while performing the exercise.
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Incline Bicep Curl
Reps, Sets, and Reps in Reserve:
For reps and reps in reserve (RIR), you could use anything
from 5 – 20 repetitions per set, aiming to leave 1-2 repetitions in reserve.
This will ensure you're achieving maximum motor unit recruitment on all working
sets. Your sets will depend on your training structure, recovery, fatigue, and
training age, but 3 to 5 sets would be a good range.
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The 5 Minute Incline
Bicep Curl Workout:
If you want to turn your training up a notch, make this
5-minute bicep workout your next move.
To complete the incline bicep curl workout, you set a rep
target and achieve that repetition goal no matter how many sets it takes to
reach the target. This workout is recommended for late intermediate and
advanced lifters, and should not be done by novice or early intermediate
Let’s say that the rep target for this workout is 50
repetitions. You choose a weight that allows you 15 reps to failure. This is an
example of how the workout could go.
You achieved 15 reps on your first set.
• You rest for up to 30 seconds
• You perform 10 reps to failure
• Rest up to 30 seconds
• Achieve 8 reps to failure
• Rest up to 30 seconds
• Complete 7 reps to failure
• Rest up 30 seconds
• Perform 5 repetitions to failure
• Rest 30 seconds
• Perform 5 reps to failure
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