Novice to SS Program - Lack of Arm Strength Exercises? What to add to the program? Novice to SS Program - Lack of Arm Strength Exercises? What to add to the program?

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    Post Novice to SS Program - Lack of Arm Strength Exercises? What to add to the program?

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    Hi guys,

    I'm completely novice to bodybuilding and I read that SS is a good starting point for beginners, so I may have a lot of questions later on.

    I have read different reviews and opinions online, that starting strength program have a lack of arm exercises and don't work biceps, as I do want bigger biceps to be stronger (be easier to lift heaver things).

    What do you guys recommend to add to the end of the program? (I have yet to begin the program.) Need advices/help from you guys, please, so I may save some time when starting out.

    I have read people add "curl" at the end of the SS program, but I don't know what curl they mean.

    There are many curls like barbell curl, hammer curl from what I have read online. What exactly curl is it to increase biceps? and is there any other excersies that should be adding, that increases biceps/arm strength, power at the end of the program?

    Sorry, if I have stated anything wrong as I'm clueless to bodybuilding terms.

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    If you have weak arms, you won't be able to do heavy weights on the basic barbell exercises. If you are getting stronger on all the exercises in the program, your arms are getting stronger.

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    Once your bench press is 2x your bodyweight, you will have some pretty decently sized arms.

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    Do the program as written. Then, if bodybuilding is your priority, get a book on that subject, or hire a coach that specialises in it.

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    I add a set or 2 of chin ups on days when I have the energy to do this at the end of a workout, or on the first day of a 2-day rest period, if I haven't done any that week. My coach said that's OK to do on top of the program. Arms are growing fine. No curls needed.

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    Get your chin ups to 10-15 in a row and your arms will grow. If you can do that and 90 lb over bodyweight then add the curls in.

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    I've seen the arms-based criticisms all over the internet, it's so silly. "T-Rex arms" can't handle a heavy deadlift, let alone heavy benches or presses.

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