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High-Volume Arm Workout for Massive Gains (Secret Revealed)

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Last updated: May 10, 2023

Bodybuilders generally approach arm workouts with isolation exercises and very low rep ranges. As a personal fitness and bodybuilding coach for over a decade, I agree that this arm workout approach is highly effective.

But if you look at the routines of professional bodybuilders, they often include high-volume workouts for their biceps and triceps as well.

To see how well this might work, I got a few personal fitness coaches to help me put together an ideal routine, and then we tested it with five clients over a two-month period.

Here’s what we found.

Quick Summary

  • In order to get the most out of a high-volume workout, you also need to add multiple movements, including dumbbell curl, preacher curl, and triceps pushdowns.
  • By implementing high-volume workouts, you can add some muscle confusion and avoid causing strain in exactly the same way every time you do your arm workout.
  • The other thing you need to consider for your arm workouts is how you’re delivering the nutrients to help the muscles recover and bulk up faster.

High-Volume Workout Routine for Bigger Arms

A person doing High-Volume Arm Workout

Here is a list of arm workouts that you want to consider for your biceps and triceps training days.

Aim to do three sets of 20 reps, and that means choosing a lower load than for your regular arm workout.

Try these out to feel the difference after training:

  • Dumbbell Curl: I always like to start with a regular dumbbell curl arm exercise, as it's also a great way to warm up for the rest of the workout.
  • Reverse Grip Dumbbell Biceps Curl: Once you’ve completed the regular sets, do the same movement but with your palms facing down. You’ll notice this will engage your biceps and forearms quite differently.
  • Spider Curl: To further isolate the bicep muscle groups, try doing spider curls, as they eliminate upper body movement.
  • Preacher Curl: These are great for getting your mind-muscle connection working at optimum levels, as you can get that concentrated stare during this arm workout [1].
  • Barbell Curl: For these arm workouts to burn fat faster, I generally recommend using an EZ bar, as you can get some great variation in hand position as well, and variation will translate into more muscle growth [2].
  • Triceps Pushdown: Finally, get the cable machine set up at about head height with the rope handle attached. Go for a full extension with slow movements to get maximum results.

What Are the Benefits?

A person doing barbell curls in the gym

The main benefit of high-volume training is that you can get your muscles to hypertrophy while at the same time building up more endurance and burning more fat.

See, most bodybuilders will do an arm workout with 6–8 reps per set. And while that has great effects on muscle building, you burn fewer calories.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that increasing the reps and going to failure will still help you effectively build muscle mass [3].

But because the muscles are under tension for longer during each exercise, you’ll also metabolize more fat as it becomes more of an aerobic workout [4].

“When increased hypertrophy is the goal, that means the focus of progressive overload should be on increasing training volume over time.”

- Tom MacCormick, BSc in Sports Science & Coaching

Choosing Weights and Sets

A person holding up dumbbell weights

Before you start the above arm workouts, I suggest that you think about what the ideal weight load and sets will be.

I generally recommend that you stick with at least three sets, but if you’re stuck for time, then either pick fewer exercises or do just two sets of each.

Start off by choosing a weight that is about half what you’d lift for a set of 6–8 reps, but aim to increase it gradually over time.

Ultimately, though, it should be about maintaining high volumes of reps, so don’t get tempted by piling on too much weight.


Do Arms Respond Better To High-Volume?

Yes, arms may respond better to high-volume arm workouts. However, aiming for a variety of low and high-volume training over different days is probably going to give you the best results.

Should You Train Arms Every Day?

No, you shouldn’t train your arms every day. While some professional bodybuilders have claimed to do arm workouts on each training day, that’s not how they got to that level of muscle mass, and they probably used that approach for competition preparation.

Take a New Approach to Your Arm Workout Routines

Working on your biceps and triceps is extremely rewarding, but it can also be very frustrating when you hit a plateau.

As a strength and fitness coach, I’ve seen many bodybuilders overcome that problem by changing their training volume as outlined above, but also by including vital nutrients to recover and bulk up.

We’ve extensively tested dozens of the products on the market to find the highest-quality ones, as the higher the quality of the protein you take, the better the results for your physique will be.


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