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2004/01/14 00:55:13 (permalink)

dumbbells - biceps - 5x5

how are these done - alternating 1 arm at a time, simultaneously both arms together or 5 on 1 arm then 5 on the other?

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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/14 11:46:16 (permalink)
    my guess is whichever way you want though if 5x5 my preference would be 5 on one then 5 on the other to get the best Time Under Tension on the muscle.
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/14 14:16:46 (permalink)
    i vary the session, 1 day i will do alternating movements. another i would do both together.
    i feel the burn a lot more when i do both arms together whilst sat down on a bench.
    experiment!!!
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/14 15:53:01 (permalink)
    I wouldn't do 5x5 on arms.
    5x5 is very hard going (if your doing it right).
    If you are doing a back/bicep day, then do 5x5 for your main back exercise which will envolve biceps anyway as does every back exercise.
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/15 02:54:21 (permalink)
    If you're doing the 5x5 routine and are able to do 5 sets of 5 with the present weight you're working with, you're suppose to be increasing the weight the next time you do the exercise. I think if you're able to do say, 2 sets of 5, 2 sets of 4, and then a set of 3 reps on the last one, stay with that weight & work your way up to 5x5.

    Frankie, does that sound about right? If not, what's the least amount of reps you want to be able to do altogether?

    heh, increasing the weight for dumbbell exercises are going to be a bitch because they go up in 5 pound increments, so each time you increase, it will be like adding 10 pounds.
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/15 03:05:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Snaeke

    Frankie, does that sound about right? If not, what's the least amount of reps you want to be able to do altogether?


    If you can't do at least 8 reps in total on the last two work sets of 5x5, then the weight is too heavy.

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    heh, increasing the weight for dumbbell exercises are going to be a bitch because they go up in 5 pound increments, so each time you increase, it will be adding 10 pounds.



    You are absolutely right! You need to be able to increase the weight in each hand by only 2.5 pounds (5 pounds in total). If your gym's dumbbells don't go up in 2.5 pound increments, then buy magnet weights that attach to the end of the dumbbells.
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/15 14:37:35 (permalink)

    Does anyone have any links to any good UK suppliers that sell these magnet weights ? They seem really useful.
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    RE: dumbbells - biceps - 5x5 2004/01/21 16:41:31 (permalink)
    Found some here. Called 'platemates':

    http://www.proactive-health.co.uk/download_docs/Section%206%20pages%2052-59.pdf

    Seem a little expensive though. Would really help in my gym as dumbells only go up to 15 kilos but £17.50 just for 2.5lbs? Have I got that right?
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