How many of you fitness newbies go to the gym and often wonder "what muscle is this exercise working?" I will gladly admit I have done that on more than one occasion. For instance, I will come home and ask my husband, "Is this where my delt is? Because this is what's hurting!" It's always a good sign when I feel it in the "right" muscle that I just worked. HA!
I wanted to introduce Muscle Monday for all the newcomers to fitness that want to learn where each muscle is and what some good exercises are for those muscles. Also, I need this for myself more than anything! I want to get into fitness more, and in doing so, I want to learn where all my muscles are! So, join along with me in learning some of the muscles that make up our body!
This week - the BICEPS!
The biceps is on the front upper arm (see arrow on picture above). And, news to me, it is actually made up of two different parts - a short head and a long head. These both combined make up the biceps. To confirm, it is biceps (with an S) and not bicep.
The biceps is attached to the arm bones by tough connective tissues called tendons. The tendons that connect the biceps muscle to the shoulder joint in two places are called the proximal biceps tendons. The tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the forearm bones (radius and ulna) is called the distal biceps tendon. When the biceps contracts, it pulls the forearm up and rotates it outward. (This information is copied from WebMD, found here.)
Biceps day, along with back day, is one of my favorite gym days. Below you will find some of my biceps exercises that I do once a week on back and bi day.
I'm not going to lie. When my coach-turned-friend, Jenna Fail, gave me my workouts, I Googled every single exercise and even copied a picture of the machine or movement. That made me kind of nervous...walking into the gym with my workouts on a sheet of paper with copies of the exercises on the back. But then I realized, we all start somewhere.
I have now moved on to just having my workouts listed, and no longer need the pictures. That, my friends, is called progress!
What are your favorite biceps exercises?
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!