Disadvantages of the barbell curl


This is the final part to the description of the barbell curl exercise and how to vary it.

The barbell curl is most of the time presented as an excellent exercise for the biceps. So it is, but no exercise is perfect. Given how much newbies want big biceps and the barbell curl has been acclaimed as a mass builder, even in this blog, it is only fair that the other side of the coin is shown. Continue reading

The bench press


Prima donna

Ah, the bench press! If the squat is the king of all exercises, then I would say the bench press would be the prima donna of all exercises. Guys always rush to do this exercise first, if not to show their strength, then to develop their chest muscles – their pecs – in order to look better shirtless. The pecs and the biceps are not called the t-shirt muscles for nothing. Continue reading

The back row


Topography

The back is the largest muscle group in the body and is also the most complex. From the top of the trapezius at the base of the neck to the bottom of the lower back muscles, a number of other muscles co-exist. As this is not an anatomy lesson and is aimed at beginners, there will be no discussion of each individual muscle. Maybe for another time. Suffice to say that we will divide the group of muscles in the back into the upper back muscles and the lower back as they have a somewhat separate motion.

The upper back muscles serve mostly to pull the arms and shoulders back while the lower back muscles extend the torso away from the legs. It is not possible to isolate each group completely as they assist each other yet completely different exercises will be need to target each group. At this stage we will focus on the upper back as exercises for it also recruits the lower back as stabilisers. The back row is the exercise that targets the whole upper back muscles and the latissimus dorsi in particular and to a lesser extent, the lower back in order to support the upper back. Continue reading

The beginning


I have decided to post a few regular articles on lifting weights and keeping fit. I intend to keep articles short so they are quick to read and absorb. Let’s get started straightaway.

Which is better for a newbie? Whole body workout every session or working separate muscle groups?
I recommend a whole body workout for the beginner. Muscles work together so it is not that easy to work a group in isolation. and at the beginning, there is no need to focus so much on a particular muscle group, even if you just want bigger biceps. You should concentrate on getting fitter instead.

That’s it for now. More to come next time.