Gym Weight Circuit – The Bicep Curl

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Personal trainer, Margie Weiss demonstrates how to do the bicep curl portion of a gym weight circuit.

    Margie Weiss

    Margie Weiss has been in the fitness industry all of her life, having been a national gymnast as a child, and mother/trainer to three international athletes. Owner-coach of MG Gymnastics, her team produced international stars for 15 years. Former owner of 2 Gold's Gym franchises, Margie is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in youth sports conditioning. She has trained international athletes, including her children. Her son, Michael, is a 2-time US Olympic figure skater and 3-time US National Champion. Currently, she is GGX (Group exercise director & instructor) for 3 Gold's Gyms, where one of her programs boasts 500 classes per month; she supervises 175 instructors. Having published many articles in the fitness field, she enjoys seeing progress in each of her participants. But the things that makes her most proud of the lives she has affected are her 5 grandchildren, all of whom live very close. Seeing their smiles makes every day worth smiling about!

    Hi. I am Margie Weiss and this is the circuit. The machine we are working now is called an arm curl, more commonly known as a bicep curl. What we have is athlete sitting on a chair so that of the chest is above this pad here. As a spotter this is why we have more than one person working out at a time, you always work with a partner. I am going to put the bar in her hands and then I am going to help her to lift, just to make sure that she hasnt put too heavy a weight on at first time. I am also going to assure as she goes smoothly up and down that at the base she doesnt hyperextend her elbows, because that can occur. When she does the exercise, she breathes out as the weight comes up. Notice that when she gets to the top, if you have a fist right here, she is not going to get closer than that because we dont want to jeopardize the elbow joint.

    Smooth and easy up and down, the amount of weight is determined by how many you can get done in ten repetitions and still safely do it but eight, nine and ten are little bit tough. If they are not, you want to put more weight on. As you finish the exercise slowly let it down, thats when the spotter comes into play, holding on to the machine and helping her to gently release it, stretching it out, shaking out just a little bit. This is for the biceps.