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7 Little-known Hacks for Bigger Arms

7 Little-known Hacks for Bigger Arms

Rolled up sleeves – bulging forearms – people drooling over your fully developed biceps and triceps – Guys? Who wouldn’t want to look like a super-hero? All guys do. Coincidentally, women find bigger arms sexy. It’s not that difficult if you follow these 7 little-known hacks for getting bigger arms.

As a teenager, I was quite conscious of my thin arms and always dreamt of flaunting my big biceps. As I grew up, I had to spend most of my time doing exercises that I really didn’t know would work out. Apparently, they didn’t, so I studied up on how to get bigger arms in less time, which I share with others too who want to flex their arms.

Eat, eat and eat

Well, you must’ve read about eating healthy three or four times a day but for getting muscles, you’ve got to eat like a machine. Consume sufficient calories to stimulate muscle fiber growth. Eat before and after each workout. Use protein-rich food such as meat, poultry, dairy products, and seafood. Meet the nutritional requirements of your body and avoid eating too much.

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Train your forearms accordingly

For beginners, don’t try intensive biceps curls and triceps extensions for long hours. That’s only effective at the advanced level. Don’t over train your forearms in the beginning because you’ll look funny if only the arms are big and the rest of your body is thin. Try doing more squat and dDeadlift to build your arms faster.

Complete workout plan

Gradually develop a complete plan for your workout. As you get stronger, increase your intensity level. Start blood flow restriction techniques that help deliver blood to your muscles. Start supersets of triceps and biceps. Later add pull-ups, chin-ups, and inverted rows for building your biceps whereas bench press, overhead press, and push-ups will hit your triceps.

Let your muscles rest

Muscles grow best when at rest. Don’t push hard, let your muscles ease their tension once a while, catch a break to focus on other parts of your body too. Training your arms three times a week will give your muscles plenty of rest and the growth will be rapid. Get eight hours of sleep and avoid overdoing activities that require the use of your arms.

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Protein intake

Your diet should contain the main constituent of muscle building, protein. Eat food that is protein rich such as fish, chicken, red meat, eggs, spinach, nuts and beans. Supplement your diet with protein powders that contain amino acids. These protein supplements let you work harder, recover, and build muscle faster. One good example is Megadrox because it has L-Arginine HCL that promotes muscle growth.

Train to failure

It is the term used by body builders when you lift such heavy weights that you feel unable to carry on after few reps. This comes at an advanced level when your body is accustomed to hard training. At this time you should focus on high intensity training and lift heavier weights, keep on adding more unless you feel like you’re failing. That will be your train to failure weight. This certainly isn’t easy and causes extreme discomfort but that’s what you need to build stronger and bigger arms.

Split up

I recommend having two alternate days, because training in a same old consistent manner is boring and stagnated. Day one should be for arms (biceps and triceps) whereas day two for wrists and forearms.

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DAY 1: Warming your body up before a hard workout is important. You can warm up with bench press and bent over row at 12 reps before supersets for building bigger arms. It’s important that first day include exercises involving biceps and triceps as fixators, not fundamental movers, to make it a complete workout.

Bench Press 3 x 8 12
Bent Over Row 3 x 8 12
Tricep Pushdown 4 x 4 06
Dumbbell Curl 4 x 4 06
Overhead Tricep Extension 3 x 8 12
Concentration Curl 3 x 8 12
Close-Grip Bench Press 4 x 4 06
Pulldown 4 x 4 06

DAY 2: Wrists and forearms should not be ignored while focusing on biceps and triceps.

Reverse Barbell Curl 4 x 4 06
Cable Curl 3 x 8 12
Reverse Barbell Preacher Curl 3 x 8 12
Palms-down Wrist Curl over bench 3 x 8 12

Splitting up the exercises produces the intensity required to achieve maximized results, giving muscles ample time to rest and hence allowing for fast growth and recovery.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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