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Build Stronger Arms with the Cross Body Hammer Curl and Mashed Potatoes?

In middle school I wanted to be muscular so badly (still working on that). There was this guy we went to school with who had MASSIVE biceps. We were in the 7th grade. He was a man among boys. We were always asking him what the secret to bigger arms was... until one day he told us. He said, "mashed potatoes, boys."

Although, he was joking, there is some truth to that statement. Stay with me here.

You might be thinking, I don't want "big arms." That's totally okay... because every wants "fit" looking arms. The same exercises apply whether you are looking for massive biceps or you're a middle-aged parent just wanting to look decent in a tank top. It always bothers me when people say they don't want to look like a body builder.

Looking like a body builder takes years of hard work, a lot of calories, and in a lot of cases steroids. This is where the mashed potatoes come in... in order to get big, you need to be eating a lot of calories. For instance, two people could do the same workout program and both will end up looking different. A lot of how your body will end up looking will be due to how many calories you're intaking.

In short, if you want to get bigger.. lift weights and eat more calories! If you want to build lean muscle and not get "bulky," lift weights and don't eat too many calories! In most cases, it's really this simple.

All of this to get to our exercise of the day!

If you're looking to build a strong set of arms, add the Cross Body Hammer Curl to your upper body workouts.


Variety can lead to progress

Build Stronger Biceps and Forearms

Stronger Grip

Ability to lift heavier than normal


Keep it slow and steady

Control descent

Don't Swing at the bottom

Try 3 sets of 12-20 reps

*I like these a bit higher rep

Challenge Yourself Daily,


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