How to Build Those T-Shirt Sleeve Popping Arms

Big arms are the ultimate statement for any bodybuilder or strength athlete. Want to look intimidating? Then build arms that strain your sleeves and you’ll have fulfilled that goal. But there’s actually a lot to building big arms and you need to have the right strategy in order to get there. Too many people waste … Read more

Bicep Peak Building

In this video, UK Nationals champ Rob Riches focuses on the biceps. It’s one of the most prominent parts of the body where you can really have great muscles. Guys also love it when the ladies grab their biceps to gauge the hardness and strength of our muscles. Most guys wonder about how to get the “peak” of the bicep. That’s the part of the arm which grows bigger when you do an arm muscle pose.

So how do you achieve this great peak? First you need to have lean body fat levels in your system. You also need good muscle definition and size so you can show off those muscles when you bring your arm together. Rob Riches admits that part of the reason you can achieve this (as Rob has) is genetics, and this is something you have no control over. If you have a shorter space for that muscle then it will peak more when you contract it.

But then you can do a couple of exercises to help you build your bicep peak. You can do this at the end of a heavy arm workout. You can finish off that workout properly with these exercises, so that you can really go for that bicep peak look.


All you will need for weights for this superset is an EZ bar curl and a pair of dumbbells. You will also need an adjustable bench.


EZ Bar Curl Exercise

Here you’ll need the adjustable bench and the EZ bar curl.

  • Get the adjustable bench and adjust it about three clicks up, and then copy the position that Rob takes for this exercise. Make sure you copy how Rob stabilizes his position with his toes as well.
  • Take note of what Rob says about the elbows. As you can see from the video, the elbows are not pushing back against the weight. It’s actually staying in basically the same spot throughout the exercise.
  • Focus on contracting your biceps while you lift the EZ bar curl. When you set the weight down, do not straighten your arms. You want to keep that bit of tension on your biceps. At the top, really go for that squeeze.


Dumbbell Exercise

Lay on your back on the incline bench. You will need a pair of dumbbells for this exercise.

  • Again, take note of how the elbows stay in position while you curl those dumbbells.
  • Don’t forget your breathing. You breathe out as you lift up the weights.
  • Your arms again do not straighten out completely when you lower the weights. That tension on your biceps must be maintained.


Since these exercises come at the end of your arm workout, it’s not the time for you to work with heavy weights. Those heavy weights come at the beginning of your workout, so that you can really focus on your arms.


Since the weights are lighter, you need to go for more reps. About 12 to 15 reps for each should suffice. This is also a superset so that means you need to follow the first exercise immediately with the second.


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Look Better and Feel Stronger with the Rob Riches Biceps Workout

With a lot of experts online giving their own (and sometimes contradictory) advice on the proper biceps workout, it can get a bit frustrating picking the right one for you. So it’s a good thing Rob Riches—who just won at the UK Nationals—is here in the video showing you just what to do for your biceps. But in case you have any doubts as to whether this workout will work, just take a quick look at those biceps. That’s the kind of impressive muscle tone you can get when you follow his workout instructions religiously.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when watching the video:

  • The video properly starts at the 0:28 mark; before that, there’s just a short discussion about his Paleo Diet. Rob actually does discuss his diet quite a bit in this video, at the start and at the end. If you’re interested, there are links in the video for you to click. What’s interesting is that he emphasizes “not cheating” on his diet.
  • Watch the video all throughout and take note of the equipment and materials you’ll need. It’s best to have them all ready so you can do your workout in a seamless fashion. You’ll need a barbell, dumbbells, a chair with a padded back rest, and a cable machine. If it’s your first time to use a cable machine, do your research and learn how to use them, or ask anyone in the gym for instructions.
  • When you take a closer look at the video, you may notice that the weights he uses are quite substantial. In fact, you can see it in how he grimaces each time he lifts. That should give you a clue as to how much weight you should be using as well. If you want to maximize the benefits you get from lifting weights, then these weights have to challenge your muscles. You will only be wasting your time if your workouts are too easy.
  • Interestingly, Rob says quite clearly that the super-heavy weights are not as important as your focus on your biceps. You need to concentrate on them to maximize the effects.
  • If possible, you may want to try doing the exercises as you watch the video. The video shows you how to do the exercises properly and you’ll know the correct form, procedure, and speed. The exercises do seem a bit slower when performed here, and that’s because you need to keep the tension loaded for your biceps.
  • The first exercise with the barbell requires 6 reps for the first set and then 12 reps for the second. With the dumbbell exercise, it’s about 6 or 7 reps for each arm in the first set, and then about 10 (or to failure) for the second set. With the cable machine, he did 14 reps for the first set, and then after a short rest he did only 5. This implies that you finish off the workout with the reps set to failure.

Another very effective and 6 minute bicep workout here can help you get bigger and stronger biceps.

Whether or not you subscribe to his diet recommendations, the attention on this topic does drive home one very important point—when you want to build your biceps (or any of your other muscles for that matter)—you need to pay attention to your diet as well.