Guys: I’ve been reading tons of articles on here, as directed. I had a couple of questions I hope the gurus could answer, or lead me to the article that will tell me:
I feel that I need to improve my arm workouts. I’ve read all kinds of articles showing different sorts of exercises, but I don’t know which ones I’d incorporate or why. A curl looks like a curl to me whether I’m sitting on a bench, standing with an EZ bar, or using a preacher bench. Same with tricep extentions - your arm only hinges in one direction. How many ways can you do it? I see lying tricep extentions, kickbacks, etc. They all look like the same motion.
When I read articles like ‘great guns’ and so forth, my conclusion is mostly that you are concentrating on the arms for a greater number of sets of exercises that mostly do the same thing. The articles depict photos of guys lifting weights, but I want reasons WHY you’re doing a certain thing.
Could someone maybe give me some hints as to why these motions may be different? I currently do dumbell curls, which I turn over (palms down) at the top of the motion and lower, hammer curls, and EZ bar curls...and I'm not really sure I'm doing anything except overworking the muscles. Triceps, I do lying extentions with an EZ bar, and when I can't do the motion any longer, I move my hands in and do close-grip presses for each set until I'm toast. That's it...I feel I've made some good development there, but I also feel I should be doing more somehow.
My goals are size and good shape, together with a reasonable regimen (2-3 exercises each for bicep-tricep). Please don’t forward me angry letters to simply do great guns for 12 weeks. Some ideas as to what motions help shape my arms a particular way would really be appreciated.