Training out a weak side?

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    Apr 19, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    Question for everyone. I have recently started working out and have found my triceps can handle 2 to 3 times the weight of my biceps. For the purposes of developing an athletic, balanced look, should I bother worrying about this? Is it common for the triceps to be much stronger than the biceps?

    I am hoping for some input on this and what I should adjust, if anything….
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 20, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Can you be more specific? How are you moving the weights? Nobody can do triceps kickbacks as many times as biceps arm curls with the same weight. Dumbell overhead presses though, are the opposite. The triceps seem to have more strength because more muscles are actually involved.
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    Apr 20, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    Well, for the moment I am using the machines at the gym. I'm not up with the technical details and descriptions, but each machine has me seated upright. For the bicep curls, I rest the top of my arms on a padded bech and reach down to a bar and lift it towords me, as in a bicep curl I suppose. The triceps machine is the same, except i put my uppper arms on the bench and push the bar down and away rather than pull up and into me.

    I hope that kinda answers that... I played a lot of hockey as a kid, but I've never done any weight training before, so I'm a bit of a neophyte at the whole deliberate "working out" thing...
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    Apr 20, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    Triceps are typically stronger than biceps but a factor of 2-3 is unusual. What weights are you doing?
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 20, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    Hmm. Ok what is your hand position? I only work out with free-weights. You should be strongest pulling your hand up to your shoulder. Turning your hand so it's facing you and pushing back down should be brutal. If you're turning your hand around so it's facing the floor and pushing down that way, that's not your triceps doing the work. You would be way stronger palm down and pushing down.
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    Apr 20, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    Well, if I recall correctly.... I did 3 sets of each. I had to adjust to about 30 pounds on the biceps to get up to 13 reps or so. by the time I hit the 3rd set, I had to go with 20 pounds and it was a big struggle at the end. Bear in mind, I’m new at the weights thing, so the weights aren't big ones yet.

    On the triceps, I started at 40, but had to adjust up to 60 to hit failure on the 2nd and 3rd sets at about 12 to 15 reps.

    To get an idea of the triceps machine, put your arms straight out in front of you. Make fists with your hands with your palm facing each other, as if you are gripping a pair of handles sticking straight up. That is your fully extended position on the machine, give or take a few degrees of movement. Now, pivoting at the elbow, bring your fist up and towards your head so your fists are right by your temples. This is the position your start in on the machine, gripping a pair of handles just the way you are holding your fists. I hope that helps answer those questions.

    I don’t even know if this is a big deal, but I know so little about working out, I just have no idea and was curious about that difference in strength. Wondering if I should train my biceps more until they catch up, then train equally... LOL! hell if I know... I'm sure I should be using things other than the "isolation?" machines, but I'm new and they are an easy place for me to start my weight training.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    yeah in that position I'd be stronger pushing down than pulling up. That's using way more of your forearm than your biceps on the upside.
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    Apr 21, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    =D learn something new every day on this website.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 23, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    As I said, I'm not an expert so I don't really know. I can do an arm curl with a 50 pound weight, but there is no way I could turn over on a bench and do a kickback with a 50 pound weight.