When it comes to bicep curls, moving up in weight has always been a real challenge for most people, myself included. Last week I did 3 sets of 8 dumbbell curls using the heaviest dumbbells I’ve ever used in my life for bicep curls. Yesterday I bumped it up 10 pounds (total) and did 3 sets of 6 using dumbbells I could not even curl one single time last year when I was at my absolute strongest (just before my injury)! After my dumbbell curl sets, I was feeling great so I decided to push my barbell curl weight up 10 pounds and managed to do 6/6/5 for my three sets. I then did three sets of hammer curls using the same weight I’d used for the DB curls (again, 10 pounds more than last week) and managed to crank out 6/5/5 for my three sets. After that I did 3 sets of 10 chin-ups. By that point my arms were shaking so badly that I could hardly write the numbers in my workout log! My forearms started cramping up on me yesterday afternoon and today I’m experiencing some excellent DOMS, but it’s quite as bad as I thought it would be.
I think ample amounts of food and rest are the two biggest factors that have contributed to my gains this time around. I’m going to go off on a little rant here….
No, for the millionth time, I do not use steroids – so spare me your ridiculously lame and pathetic emails accusing me of such. I train naturally – I always have and I always will. Why don’t you haters put your money where your mouth is: pay for my time, travel and the test and I’ll take a drug test anytime, anywhere. If I don’t test 100% clean, I’ll give you double your money back and post the results right here for all to see. When I test clean, though, you have to video tape an apology, which I will also post here for all to see. You people who write me insulting emails and accuse me of using steroids are actually complimenting me: gee, I’m real sorry that I’m gaining more muscle naturally than some of you ever did using drugs. What the hell do you want me to do about it? Why don’t you stop obsessing over me and try eating right and working hard? If you want to bulk then you have to eat big and lift bigger. Rest, repeat and you will grow. Of course that is a greatly simplified overview of a successful bulk, but that’s it in a nutshell. Look, I’m not stupid; I understand that competitive body builders who have been training for many years and have reached their genetic limits use steroids, but I’m nowhere near my limits and neither are 99% of you reading this. For us, steroid use is a pointless and unnecessary health risk. End rant.
Ok, so there’s that! 🙂 I’m going to go work my abs now. Have a great day!