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Does Flexing Help Build Muscle
From time to time I get asked the question - "can flexing your biceps make them grow bigger and stronger?".
The answer is - Yes! Flexing is actually a form of exercise also called isometrics, iso-tension and muscle control.
Flexing was a technique used by all the old school bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Lou Ferrigno, Bill Grant, Mike Mentzer, etc. They would flex the muscle they were working between sets and they would also practice posing when they weren't working out and would hold the pose flexing hard for as long as they could.
The benefits of flexing are that it makes your muscles bigger, harder and more defined. Also it gives you better control over your muscles so that you don't shake when you try to hold your muscles flexed.
Try this - flex your biceps hard and now try to get the outer head to pop up higher and hold the flex as long as you can, this will give you a more "peaked" bicep. Be sure to do it with both arms working only one at a time.
Of course flexing can be overdone and if you try to do it too much it is the same as working out too much and will lead to over training. You don't want to do that because it will slow down or stop your muscle mass gains.
It's just as important to learn to relax your muscles as it is to flex them so make sure you also give plenty of time to practicing relaxation.
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