Building Big Forearms – The Key Is Grip Strength
If you’re one who is looking to add some thickness to your forearms you’ve stumbled upon the right article. The forearm muscles are often overlooked when training simply because when guys train arms, they mainly look at adding size to the main arm muscles which are the biceps, triceps, and shoulders. This can be a huge mistake when looking to build a physique that commands respect. The reason I say this is that the forearms are what people first see when you wear t-shirts.
Building big forearms doesn’t take much because they are a relatively small muscle group that often gets trained when performing biceps exercises already. Placing the right amount of emphasis on them and really isolating them when training will leave you with results that will put a smile on your face.
Many people when thinking of forearm training immediately think of wrist curls. Barbell wrist curls, dumbbell wrist curls. You must curl, curl, curl to build big forearms!
Wrist curls are one of the most common exercises that people perform when looking to build up massive forearms, but I’m going to tell you that there’s an exercise that is even more effective if you want to build thickness and strength.
The exercise is the farmers walk and it’s really simple to do.
You just pick up a heavy weight and start walking until your hands give out. This is a great exercise for adding grip strength and some solid mass to your forearms.
Over the years, I’ve seen many of my friends build thick forearms without even doing a single wrist curl. They perform exercises that force them to carry and hold heavy weights such as the barbell dead-lift, barbell rows and farmers walks. If you look at power-lifters and strong men, you’ll almost always notice that they have massive forearms. Very rarely do you see someone who can hold anywhere above 200 pounds in their hands without straps having small forearms.
The more weight you force yourself to hold up in your hands over time, the bigger your forearm muscles have to get to compensate.