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Old 10-03-2008, 08:49 AM
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I have changed some of my other exercises recently, including swopping out wide lat pulldowns for narrow lat pulldowns, and they seem to engage the biceps more. Do you think that could be the problem?
I was going to say that might benefit you. Alternately, switching your grip might help. One thing to keep in mind is that not all body parts will progress at the same rate. Even your triceps and biceps. Changing exercises or switching to a variation can keep the ball rolling. At some point, you are likely to hit a wall. Because it's a minor lift, I wouldn't worry about it.

Here's an example: I am concerned about my bench press. It is a much more important exercise than pec flyes or triceps extensions. If my triceps are keeping me from locking out while bench pressing, then triceps strength is an issue. If I'm able to keep progressing at my important movements, then I don't even think about it. I won't neglect my triceps, but I haven't put much focus on them either. So what it really boils down to is that if it becomes a detriment to your important compound lifts, then you might want to start worrying. Remember that every time you do a pulling motion, you're engaging your biceps. So lots of extra biceps work isn't always necessary.

If you have periodized your training, then you might want to consider resetting your weights. If you're stuck at 50, then move back to 35lbs for a week. Do 40 the next. 45 the following week, and then 50 the next week. Because of the progressive overload, you should be able to break through the 50lb barrier. If you keep trying to do 50lbs, then you're probably not going to be able to get it. I haven't ever paid much attention to periodizing isolation movements. But if it's important to you, then that would probably be one of the better ways to go about it.

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