I happen to have genetics for huge forearms and I was wondering if a forearm workout was necessary while doing WBB1 or any other routine.
I have also messed up my fingers pretty bad cracking my knuckles too much, so if anyone knows any good exercises to gain finger strength.
If doing a forearm workout is a good idea, what day should i do it on and what exercises should I use?
are your big forearms muscle or a combination of muscle and fat?
started june 06
now weigh 180lbs 5'4
seated shoulder press 85lbs (each arm)
Deadlifts and shrugs help with forearms, bicep work helps forearms then in the middle I train my grip 2 times a week with CAPTAINS OF CRUSH which you can order for like 19.95.
any solid routine will be based around compound exercises.
Just about any uppder body compound exercise will blast forearms.
Body Fat: 12%
My forearms get killed on my heavy back days. Just keep using heavy weights on everything, especially deads and any pulling exercises and your forearms will grow without anything else, esp. if they are naturally big.
I never work forearms directly other than some grip work.
I work my forearms with farmers when I remember to and they still can't keep up with my deadlifting weight or volume.
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Other than the usual back/bicep stuff, I do deadlift static holds aswell as reverse wrist curl (not sure exact name).
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Well my forearms arent huge yet, but I have genetics on my side. I have a whole bunch of farmers on one side, and on the other side my grandfather used to squeeze heavy machinery handles all day long and his forearms were/are massive.
Right now my 'arms are some muscle (you tell where the big names are, i.e. biceps, triceps, brach-wahtevers) and most of the definition is hidden by fat...
So basically just do really heavy back and compound exercises along with static holds and forearms should grow. Awesomeness thanks for the help everyone.
The answer to your question is no.
If you can do heavy compound movements without straps, you're good to go.
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IMO, you have to focus on building your body to be well proportioned. If your forearms are already big, then whats the point right. If they are lagging, then yeah, go for it and help them catch up.
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Not to be overly critical but the muscle size of your ancestors really doesnt have anything to do with yours. I mean you may have naturally large forearms, but the jobs your grandfather did couldnt actually affect the size of your arms. I mean your grandfather may of had massive forearms from working, but that work couldnt be passed on to offspring. Its the same reason why if some one maybe looses a finger, and then has a child the child isnt missing that finger as well.Originally Posted by Bassist-Dude
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Originally Posted by Bassist-Dude
It's only necessary if you need to do it. Say for instance you're forearm strength is lacking in comparison to you're bench, or any other compound movement. If you're forearms can handle all the lifts you are doing, then it is not needed. If you want to workout you're forearms then there is nothing wrong with it and it can even help with lifts as I've found out.
Depends on what kind of look you like. Or if you're wanting pure power
wrist rollerOriginally Posted by SkinnySadMan
FWIW, I just went indoor rock climbing the other day and my forearms and grip got the toughest workout they've had in years.