If you want the strength of a caveman, you need to work on developing the muscles in your arms.
Strong arms will give you an advantage in many activities that primarily use the muscles of the upper body. Sports such as baseball and football require optimal arm strength.
Make Workouts Challenging
Without challenging your body, it’s impossible to develop the upper body bulk that you desire. You must consistently increase reps and weight while doing muscle-conditioning exercises.
Note that you don’t need to use complex pieces of gym equipment to give your arms the workout they need. A set of dumbbells is a simple tool for the development of arm strength.
Dumbbell presses and dumbbell curls should be added to your exercise routine. For dumbbell presses, you lift the dumbbells over your head from shoulder level. Return to the starting position to complete each rep. Alternate hands during the exercise.
For dumbbell curls, you’ll hold the dumbbells at your sides to begin. Curl one elbow to bring the dumbbell to your chest. Lower the weight and then switch arms. For each exercise, aim for a total of at least three sets of 12 reps.
Yoga for Strong Arms
Yoga can be manly, especially if the end results leave you with killer upper body strength. According to the Yoga Journal, yoga poses engage your body in both isotonic and eccentric contractions for better muscle conditioning.
Examples of yoga positions that focus on the muscles in the arms include the plank, side plank pose, downward facing dog and sun salutation. For standing poses, always keep your arms tense to keep the muscles engaged.
Specialty Training Programs
Throwing an object is a motion that a caveman would have found quite natural. Today, developing arm strength is essential for certain sports. To help build strength and muscle in the arms, sports teams offer training programs to give their players an advantage.
For instance, one tool used to build arm strength in baseball players is to practice with a weighted baseball.
According to the United States Sports Academy, a player should first warm-up by throwing a regulation five-ounce baseball. He can then progress to throwing a weighted baseball that measures an average of nine to eleven ounces.
In much the same way, a batter may practice swinging a bat with a doughnut-shaped weight attached, providing arm muscles with the extra exercise needed for a powerful swing.
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