Since Rippetoe says it is not necessary, do you guys still do it anyway?
yeh i still work my biceps as you've done all your compound exercises and an isolation wont hurt ya lol :P
I don't and my arms are bigger than they've ever been.
Trying not to die young.
if you do do them, is it just one exercise and is it 3x8 or 3x5
I do chin-ups and pull-ups, so yes, I do bicep work.
The Gods taught us to forge Iron so that we would not be slaves-----old Germanic saying
buy a chin up bar, sell the arm curl bar---Roddy
If you do heavy deads, rows, and chins then you don't need to bother with iso-curls
You can do direct arm work, but it isn't necessary. Frankly, if I were to do any direct arm work, it would be for the tris and not bis.
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
Yes, I do 3x10 of barbell curls. I didn't do that before and ended up with mad elbow pain (golfer's elbow?). Since I've added more pulling movements my elbow pain has disapeared.
Go ahead, just don't call it Rippetoe's routine than. I'm sick of people ****ing with ****.
The term 'direct' is not the right word to use. The OP is asking if it is okay to do 'isolation' work for the biceps.
Chin-ups directly work the biceps (whatever the hell that means anyway. I guess as in actually contributing to the lift as opposed to just stabilizing the weight).
Curls isolate the biceps (well sort of, but it's impossible to completely isolate a single muscle).
I'm just being picky though with terminology.
Seriously though, I never understood why anyone would choose curls over chin-ups. Both work the biceps "directly" if you want to say that, but chin-ups also give you the added benefit of working a bunch of other much larger muscle groups. Not to mention that it's an an exercise that directly contributes to building functional strength, whereas curls do not.
Chin-ups do everything that curls do, only they do a s***load more as well.
But there is no reason to. Every god damn day people come here and **** with programs that are perfectly fine, then still call it by their original name.