When doing barbell exercises, namely bicep exercies, is it best to go one at a time or both at once?
Also, if you do it one at a time, how do you count reps?
i.e. if you do 12 total reps, does it represent six "actual" reps?
I think you mean dumbells bro... From all I have read & my own experience, you should start each set lifting both together & then switch to single dumbells as you fatigue. When you can no longer raise both dumbells together just go right-left,thats a rep. Start with either L or R, it really doesn't matter but as you complete a rep with EACH arm, that = one rep......... But then, I am a product of the Texas public school system so don't bank on my math skills to figure your reps....
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yeah i meant dumbells. Eek!
I have always alternated with dumbells and most people whom I have ever trained with do the same. I feel it is superior because it allows you to concentrate on the one arm, and it works somewhat like rest-pause because of the rest time between reps.
Hey Chris! I was gonna say that D@mn it! Seriously, Chris has a good point. I have always used that method too. I've tried both and I like this one much better.
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I usually perform simultaneous dumbell curls because I am an advocate of constant muscle tension during a set - only pausing at full contraction. However, when I'm in the mood to use more weight, I occasionally will do alternating curls because the rest-pause effect Chris was talking about.
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I find that when i alternate, I can cheat a bit. I get that momentum thing going. This week, I started doing them together - seems like I am getting more isolation, but i like what SweatHawg suggests. i think I'll try that next week.