Dumbbell Bicep Curls Build Muscles
A popular weight training exercise is the dumbbell bicep curls. This is a simple move that has great results. The reason this is so effective is because it builds the upper arms. Having big arms is one of the keys for showing off well developed muscles and a healthy physique. Those who want to get attention for their muscles should use dumbbell bicep curls in their exercise programs. There is no need for special equipment, just access to dumbbells or a cable machine.
Doing cable curls are a little less efficient than dumbbell bicep curls. Free weights are harder for the body to balance and control. Any type of resistance is effective for this exercise. Start by holding a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in and feet shoulder width apart. Raise the weight straight up and curl it toward the shoulder and turn the palms to face the upper arm. Keep the core tight and exhale while raising the dumbbell. After reaching the top of the motion, lower the weight in a controlled motion and inhale, while keeping the core tight.
Alternating arms when doing dumbbell bicep curls will make it easier to focus on form. It is essential to have the right form to get the most out of each repetition. Alternating arms will also help the muscle recover slightly between each rep making curls more effective. It is also important to keep the back straight. Keeping the core tight will help with this. Many people are tempted to lean back or sway when performing this exercise, but this does not really help. The idea is to work the muscles of the arms by isolating them, and using the upper body to swing the weight up is not really a sign of strong muscles. To prevent using the upper body from leaning and swinging the weight, try doing this exercise from a seated position with the back snug against the back rest.
For an even more difficult version of dumbbell bicep curls, try laying back on a incline bench. This will completely isolate the muscles of the upper arm and neutralize the upper body from affecting the motion. Do not be surprised if the exercise feels more difficult, but that is a sign that the upper back was helping to much. This exercise also helps work the forearms, and even the shoulders will benefit.
Using dumbbell bicep curls in combination with other exercises is a good way to burn more calories. Alternating standing curls with lunges makes this a whole body workout that will burn significantly more calories. Squats, step ups, or side lunges can be used to increase the intensity of the exercise, and increase the rate that calories will be burned.
Dumbbell bicep curls are an isolation movement. And although it’s great for building peak biceps, you shouldn’t do all isolation movements for your biceps. Incorporate compound movements into your workout program as this will help your grow more quickly, and build a great overall physique.