Sorry this post is coming to you all a little late today! To be honest, I just wasn’t feeling very inspired this morning, so I decided that instead of putting out a random, tangent-like post, I would wait for inspiration to strike.
And sure enough, it did!
As I mentioned yesterday, I am temporarily home during the day due to an organization issue (thank you for all of your concerns yesterday! Everything will be fine, just something I have to wait out!), which means that I have had a lot of time to try out some new classes at the gym that I don’t normally get to attend.
Yesterday I decided to hit up a BodyPump class, which used to be one of my favorites at my old gym, but is just not really taught at a convenient time at my current gym. So I probably haven’t been in about a year. It was definitely nice to be back though – I forgot just how much I loved this glass! If you’re not familiar with the class, you should check out the BodyPump review I did many moons ago (old school post alert!).
One thing I loved about taking this class, is that I’m always reminded of moves that I don’t use very often, or muscle groups that apparently I neglect. For me, it’s also a nice way to take a step back and look at the areas where I am the weakest. For me, it’s definitely biceps.
I HATE working out my biceps. It’s like a vicious cycle. My biceps are weak, so I hate working them out because it’s hard, so I don’t work them out, so they are weak. It’s kind of a problem. And one that I’m going to try and work on. Even if it’s HARRRRDD (said like a whiny 15 year old, of course).
So today I thought I would talk about a few bicep moves that you can do, beyond the normal basic bicep curls and concentration curls that everyone knows about. Because for me, that gets boring after awhile. So I did some internet searching to see what else I could come up with to break out of my bicep blues.
Peaking Bicep Curl
Sit at the machine and grab the bar, palms down, with your biceps next to your ears. Lean forward slightly and curl the bar behind your head.
Standing Alternating Dumbbell Curl
Stand on one foot and complete bicep curl. Alternate arm and leg.
Instead of palms facing forward like in a typical bicep curl, turn your palms toward your body. Curl arms upward to shoulder, and return to starting position.
Seated Cable Row
While this exercise is usually listed as a back exercise, it also secondarily works the biceps. So it’s almost like a 2-for-1! Sit at machine, and make sure that your back is straight. Pull cable into your ribcage, bringing your shoulders together. Release with control.
Stand with feet wider than shoulders, with knees slightly bent. Hinge forward from hips to lower to the floor. Stand upright and lift dumbbells to chest height as your straighten. Repeat.
Does it make me a weirdo if I say that I’m kind of excited to try out some of these new moves at the gym this week?
Yea, probably. Oh well. I guess there are worst things to be weird about!
So tell me: Are there any other bicep moves that you really like? What is your weakest muscle group, and what do you do to work on it?