Update on the arms situation.
I was going about the training wrong (using weights that were in the 3-5 rep range and not enough volume).
Also, for anyone else experiencing this, make sure form is correct. Oh yea, you can screw up something as simple as a curl. I wasn’t cheating or swinging per say, but I brought the weight up while also moving up the elbows and shoulders.
A good tip I got was to “slide” the bar (or imaginary bar for DB’s) up the torso and even allow the elbows to move back a bit as to not recruit shoulders.
Progress is slow but steady (measuring after every three workouts). I seem to have been adding a third of an inch per week during the first two weeks, but it is gonna slow down for sure.[/quote]
Sliding the bar up your body is called a ‘drag curl’. It’s a good movement to use.
And about where your elbows are supposed to be. During dumbell curls it is a good idea to bring your elbows up after your hand reaches the highest point. You will get a stronger contraction doing that. The dumbell will drift closer to being over your delt. You do not want to use the elbow raise motion to move the weight before your bicep does though. So you curl the weight and squeeze it when the dumbell reaches shoulder height, without the elbow moving, then finish the movement by bringing the elbow up a small amount and squeeze more.