There are many guys, who even after years of following a strenuous workout routine, suffer from embarrassingly skinny forearms. This is especially true for ectomorph body type folks who may also have a similar issue with skinny calves. Luckily there are forearm exercises that can help correct this problem, although it’s important to learn as much as possible to make the most of them.
It’s easy to be jealous of individuals who naturally have large forearms and calves without having to work for them. Unfortunately there isn’t much anyone can do to increase bone density, but where there is muscle, there is opportunity to grow. On this front, if you have skinny wrists there isn’t much you can do, but as your forearm develops your wrists will become less noticeable – perhaps to the point where they don’t look skinny at all. Building the forearms will also lead to the arms becoming more symmetrical as a whole.
Another important factor to consider is grip strength. In fact, some jobs count grip strength as an asset that could mean the difference between life and death – and that’s not in relation to the heroic moments when your wife asks you to open a jar of pickles. For instance, grip strength is absolutely vital among police officers for self-defense purposes while making arrests. Grip also plays a factor in a variety of sports, not least of which includes weightlifting.
To better understand how to build the forearms, it’s important to know that they comprise of a number of muscles. These include the flexor of the elbow (brachioradialis), supinators and pronators which turn the hand to be palm up and palm down, and the flexors and extensors which make up the bulk of the muscles. In order to see optimal muscle growth, it’s necessary to focus on a variety of forearm exercises rather than relying on just one. Taking a single minded approach is a mistake that many people make and as a result, fail to see good progress.
These are just a few recommended forearm exercises and tips to improve your grip strength and muscle size. Remember to always have at least one day rest between forearm workouts to allow a chance for them to recover. By varying your exercises and rep ranges you’ll see improvement in your forearms in no time.