Strong biceps are essential for performance, aesthetics and elbow health. Learn how to target all parts of the biceps.
Having strong biceps isn't just for bodybuilders and people who are interested in showing off their arms.
Whether you are a mover, yogi, martial artist or an athlete, improving the strength and mobility of your biceps will be beneficial for your elbow health and overall performance.
Arms are actually quite complex. The main muscles that work as elbow flexors are bicep brachii (short & long head), brachialis (underneath the biceps) and brachioradialis (forearm muscle).
Chronic elbow problems (golfer's elbow, tennis elbow etc.) are some of the most common injuries people experience when they play sports, lift weights or do bodyweight exercise.
Overuse and not enough recovery is one of the reason why these injuries happen, but a lot has to do with the structural balance of your arms.
When ALL MUSCLES of the arms and forearms are strong & functional, it's very hard to experience elbow pain because the muscles will take all the stress off the joints and tendons.
When the muscles aren't working properly (lack of mobility) or they are weak, the stress transfers to tendons. When the tendons can no longer take the stress, they break or become inflamed.
If you want to become bulletproof, then forget about "bodybuilding exercises" and consider bicep curls as the best ways to strengthen your elbow flexors.