Top 40 Best Dog Breeds for Men – Coolest Dog Breeds
The term “man’s best friend” isn’t just an opinion. There truly is no better companion than a loving, loyal dog. From their unconditional love and support to the comfort and fun they provide, the bond between a man and his dog is a sacred one.
It goes back millennia, to the first domesticated wolf, and continues to this day.
If you love dogs and are wondering about some of the best breeds for men, keep reading. This rundown of the top 38 best dog breeds for men outlines their temperament, basic needs, and other important information.
Regardless if you’re single, married with children, or perhaps live in an apartment, I’m going to share with you plenty of options to consider.
Now, you might be wondering why are these are my top choices? And what makes certain breeds better than others, I’ll tell you:
I was raised in a family with dogs ever since I was a child. And while I still have a dog today, a rescue Polish Hound from the shelter, my connection with these animals goes far beyond that. Over the years, I have met well over 300 plus breeds and their owners.
For a while, I worked at a custom pet food start-up and oversaw an algorithm that based nutritional needs on exact breed, weight, activity level, health concerns, allergies, and far more. From training to nutrition to temperament and beyond, I’ll have an immediate answer for you.
However, just understand that ANY breed can be the best breed for YOU. This list reflects the breeds most gentlemen today adopt or prefer for things like companionship, hunting, protection, and so on. If you really want a tiny toy-breed Chihuahua that’s your business, there’s nothing unmanly about it.
Remember, it’s not so much about size either (though most men tend to choose large or giant breeds), there are a lot of things to consider like health issues, energy levels, etc. Certain breeds have characteristics you can’t simply train around.
With that said, regardless of what dog breed you choose, with good training and strong leadership, you’ll find the companionship you’re looking for in a pet.
Lastly, please adopt and don’t “buy a best friend.” ALL shelter dogs can be trained beyond their issues if you’re patient and willing enough to help them. Most, if not all, are perfectly normal and wonderful dogs who were simply abandoned and looking for a friend.
Best Dog Breeds for Men
In addition to being intelligent, fiercely loyal, and full of courage, Akitas make bonding with their families a very big deal. This breed was developed centuries ago in Japan, where they were royal guard dogs and used for hunting. They can be aggressive, but with the proper training and attention, they prove to be very loving family pets. Akitas are excellent guard dogs but are just as comfortable gently roughhousing with their owners.
2. Alaskan Malamute
Known for their striking resemblance to the more popular Husky, the Alaskan Malamute exudes masculinity. Their fierce, wolfish features belie their incredible playfulness. Make no mistake; these are dogs that require a lot of time to run and exert energy. Originally bred for work, this breed is very affectionate and bonds quickly with their owners.
3. French Bulldog
This amiable breed, with its friendly face and stocky, muscular body may look like a clown, but don’t let the exterior fool you! Bulldogs are very strong, bred for hard work, and lots of outdoor exertion. They can be sociable and affectionate, provided they are given the opportunity from the get-go. However, this breed appreciates a firm but kind hand and will always prove to be a strong companion.
4. American Staffordshire Terrier / Pitbull
Though often mistaken for aggressive dogs, the American Staffordshire terrier, along with its relation, the Pit Bull, is very gentle and loving. In fact, they were prized “nursery dogs” in the Victorian era! Incredibly attached to their families, this breed is easy to groom and will provide a lifetime of devoted love and attention.
5. Australian Cattle Dog
Before considering adopting a dog of this breed, you need to understand the commitment they need. The Australian Cattle Dog is made for working. Without proper exercise, motivation and competition, they can grow despondent. However, if you lead an active, rugged lifestyle and want a fiercely loyal companion on your various adventures, here’s your new best friend!
6. Australian Shepherd Dog
This beautiful breed, with its multitude of coloring, is actually not Australian! While the name may suggest so, they were actually bred in the US. However, like many Australian work dogs, cultivating the outback, they are very energetic and thrive on competition and having jobs to do. They make excellent guard dogs but are very friendly and loving toward their families.
Beagles are amazing family dogs. They’re patient, playful, and gentle around children. However, much like children, they find a way to get into everything. Adopting a puppy and beginning training immediately is a must when establishing boundaries with this inquisitive breed. However, beagles will reward you with a lifetime of love, fun and boundless energy!
While the Beauceron is not the most popular dog breed out there, they deserve a little more recognition. They may look fierce and are very protective of their family, but with those that they develop a bond with, their gentle spirit and loving nature truly shine. This is a great breed to consider if you have children but be aware that they do require training and a fair amount of discipline before they’ll truly open up and show their true colors.
9. Belgian Malinois
This German Shepherd lookalike shares more than just its coloring and build with the slightly more popular breed. They’re also popular with police forces and make fantastic guard dogs. However, they are rarely aggressive unless provoked. Their loyalty and love of family are what make them protective. Be aware. This is a breed that needs constant exercise and work in order to truly thrive.
10. Bernese Mountain Dog
They may look large and imposing but make no mistake – the Bernese Mountain Dog is a true gentle giant! They love affection and attention, and in return, offer dedication and love unlike anything else. This breed is rarely aggressive. Their energy is more aptly channeled into fun playtime and sleepy cuddles when their energy is runoff, making them perfect for families.
11. Black Russian Terrier
With their curly black coat and open faces, the Black Russian Terrier may seem like an ultra-friendly breed but make no mistake. This breed was cultivated to be a guard dog, and they take their responsibilities seriously! Like most guard dogs, they are very loyal to their families but do not take kindly to strangers. A firm hand and early socialization are essential if you are considering this beautiful, loving dog.
This well-known tracking and hunting breed has been around for a long time. First bred over a thousand years ago, they still need a lot of exercise and a job to do in order to feel happy. Just like other hunting dogs, they also need a lot of affection and reassurance that they’re doing a good job! Taking a Bloodhound on a few miles’ run and giving him some extra pats or treats will make this breed love you for life.
13. Border Collie
Border Collies are very smart and very industrious. They were bred for running miles a day herding sheep, and they haven’t forgotten their roots. While the Border Collie isn’t for the lazy man, it does do quite well in a family setting. However, during the day, this breed needs a large yard to run around in as well as one-on-one playtime to get the stimulation they need.
14. Bull Mastiff
The Bull Mastiff is the perfect poster child for the term “gentle giant.” They are absolutely massive dogs, but also very gentle and loving. They can be very protective of those they love, making them great guard dogs, but are never aggressive toward their families. They love pets and cuddles and have a belief that they are much smaller and therefore much more manageable than they are!
15. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
This quintessential American breed of dog is known for its clever, curious nature. They will get into absolutely anything if left to their own devices, meaning distractions and toys are a must for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever! Originally bred to hunt waterfowl, this breed is fantastic for families and makes a great companion for hikes and runs.
16. Doberman Pinscher
Known for their athletic prowess and aggressive nature toward strangers, the Doberman Pinscher makes an excellent guard dog. However, the same loyalty that makes them defend their master also makes them amazing family dogs, provided they are trained and socialized early. They are very clever, so while training is essential, they pick up on cues and commands very easily.
17. Dogue De Bordeaux
Their squat bodies and square heads make this breed look a bit silly, but they are anything but. Much like the Bulldog, this French breed is very active and requires a lot of socialization. They become despondent when on their own, so be sure to have a lot of free time play, run and introduce this breed to others. They are intensely loyal and form bonds easily, so you’ll always have a true companion.
18. German Shepherd
Meet the German Shepherd, the granddaddy of them all when it comes to guard dog breeds for men. When it comes to working dogs, few can match the intelligence, and hardworking nature German Shepherds bring to the table. From law enforcement to search and rescue, guide and therapy and beyond, if there’s one thing this breed loves, it’s being put to work. German Shepherds are extremely loyal, not to mention, well-respected for their consistent excellence and performance in training.
19. German Wirehaired Pointer
Like many pointers, this breed thrives on having work to do. If you are a hunter, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a perfect companion, known for sniffing out prey and helping their companion track. Laziness and lack of exercise will cause this breed to be rebellious, so be sure to go for long rambles and provide plenty of playtime to keep this breed happy and well-adjusted.
20. Giant Schnauzer
These dogs are huge. The term “giant” may have tipped you off, but if you adopt one of these dogs as a puppy, you may be unprepared for how quickly they grow. They are also beautiful but very independent. While they adore attention, it’s essential to keep a firm hand and always stay in the “alpha” role. They are very intelligent, so early training is an absolute must!
21. Great Dane
Though the Great Dane was originally prized for its size and ferocious nature, this breed has since been bred to be a loveable giant. They are as at home playing with silly toys as they are walking regally alongside their human counterparts. One thing to take into consideration with this breed is their health. Their size makes them susceptible to hip dysplasia as well as other bone diseases.
While the Greyhound may be most commonly associated with racing or a popular bus company, the speed of this breed is actually more suited to recreational runs. They are very fine-boned and gentle animals but need constant exercise. Let them run off their energy in a park or on daily runs, and this incredibly loving breed will follow you anywhere!
23. Irish Setter
The deep, rich auburn coloring of the Irish Setter is very well known. These dogs are popular for both work and play, though their exuberant nature may be too much for more sedate people to handle. Similarly, they can be a bit rough around very young children without meaning to be. This energetic breed thrives on a lot of playtime and loves a bit of roughhousing.
24. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador is one of America’s favorite breeds, and it’s pretty easy to see why! With their multitude of beautiful colors and incredibly friendly natures, this breed has worked its way into the family experience. Intensely loving and very good with children, the Labrador retriever is a perfect pet for a family who enjoys outdoor adventures and regular exercise.
The Newfoundland has its roots in search and rescue. With their webbed paws, they have historically helped drowning sailors find their way back to shore. This ability to serve and eagerness to please makes them ideal for families. They love roughhousing with adults, but also feel a tenderness toward children that is almost unmatched, making them great for growing up with, and fantastic for family adventures!
26. Norwegian Elkhound
This is quite an ancient breed. Originally prized by the Vikings for their energy and intelligence, the Norwegian Elkhound is also very clever and prescient when it comes to personality. They love their humans unconditionally and always try to make a bad day better with their cheerful moods and playful natures.
27. Pachon Navarro
While the Pachon Navarro may seem introverted, be aware that under their quiet exterior beats a heart yearning to run free. Setting this breed loose in an open field or dog park is essential, as they have energy abound and must express it. With the proper exercise and play, this breed is fun, loving, and very charismatic.
The Plott breed is very independent, and its owner should be, as well. An American breed originally developed for hunting, the Plott still retains quite a few primal instincts. They are not the warm and cuddly “gentle giants” other hunting dogs can be, and even with meticulous training and socialization, they are not great around the young. These dogs are solitary, and their ideal master is a lone wolf himself.
29. Polish Hound
Meet the Polish Hound, a breed you’ve probably never even heard of, let alone ever seen. As one of the rarer dog breeds in American, you’ll be surprised, perhaps even shocked at their temperament. Polish Hounds are a remarkably calm, casual, and gentle large dog breed. While they make for the perfect guard dogs, they are still extremely friendly around children and other animals. In a sense, they take some of the best aspects of the German Shepherd, while being far more relaxed and kind-spirited.
30. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an interesting history. Originally bred to tame the wild South African fauna, it soon found its place as a farm dog among settlers. These days, it’s a popular breed among those who enjoy hunting and camping due to its loyal nature and attention to intruders in a secluded area. This dog may not be suited to the family life, unless children are a bit older, or it’s been socialized to them since puppyhood.
Though they may have a reputation for aggression, if treated with respect and handled with gentle firmness, the Rottweiler makes an excellent family pet. They are very loving, loyal and gentle to their families, though also surprised easily and not very good with strangers. For this breed, early exposure to other dogs and humans is a must, but they’ll reward you with a lifetime of gentle love and protection.
32. Saint Bernard
Though probably best known for their massive amounts of drool, the Saint Bernard originated as a “hospice dog,” saving those in need. These origins are reflected in the giant heart and good nature of this giant breed. Eager to please and crazy for love, the Saint Bernard is a truly family-oriented, loving dog that will provide a family with a lifetime of affection.
33. Shiba Inu
While the Shiba Inu may not be the biggest dog on the block, he sure packs a lot of attitude! This Japanese breed is the slightly smaller cousin of the Akita, but no less fierce or loyal. They have friendly smiles most of the time but are also fiercely protective of their families, full of tenacious courage that makes them excellent for families.
34. Siberian Husky
As the domesticated breed of dog most closely related to their ancestral wolf, the Siberian Husky is a force to be reckoned with. Incredibly beautiful and very closely resembling the wolf, this breed of dog is prized by those who favor a primal connection with the past. They are bred to be work dogs, so don’t be surprised if this breed wants to get out and explore more often than others!
35. Sussex Spaniel
Like many spaniels, the Sussex spaniel needs quite a bit of grooming due to its long, wavy coat. However, the love, loyalty, and friendship this breed provides make their upkeep well worth it. This English breed might be known for being a bit slow, but one whiff of a bird and he’ll perk up almost instantly!
36. Thai Ridgeback
The Thai Ridgeback is a very rare breed of dog in the United States. Originally bred for hunting and being a watchdog, this is not the gentlest of breeds. Single men with an active lifestyle and a firm hand when it comes to training dogs may handle them, but those with families featuring small children may find this breed difficult. The same goes for those who aren’t familiar with training dogs. However, if you welcome a challenge, are familiar with dogs, and want a loyal companion for life, look no further than the Thai Ridgeback.
The Vizsla, or Hungarian Pointer, is a beautiful breed with a reddish-gold coat and floppy ears. They are very affectionate and enjoy feeling close to their families, making them perfect indoor dogs. They are also incredibly clever and train easily, though care should be taken to keep them out of messy situations!
This beautiful breed is well-muscled and very obviously used to working hard. Ideal for hunters or farmers, a Weimaraner is also well suited for guys who lead an active lifestyle. It is very important to establish dominance early on with this breed, as they are incredibly independent and used to leading their own pack.
39. American Bulldog
A descendant of the Old English Bulldog, an American Bulldog, is hearty, healthy, loving, loyal, and makes a great family pet. They will guard and protect their owners and are fearless. They do best with an active family and are incredibly easy to train. However, some bully breeds as this one are often coined as aggressive, so socialization early on is going to be important.
This dog’s strong and stately stature doesn’t mean that it is not an affectionate dog who loves its family. They are easy to train and are very intelligent. They are energetic but with enough exercise can adapt to apartment living. Boxers prefer more mild climates, however, so dog owners need to be careful when taking them outside in cold or hot weather. They also don’t like to be left home alone for extended periods of time but make great family pets.
Choosing the Right Dog Breed
Before you make any kind of decision, you need to assess your needs and the needs of the dog to ensure that you are making the right decision by bringing them home. A dog makes one of the best companions, and you will quickly find how true it is when people say that they really are man’s best friend.
They offer unconditional love and support to dog owners while also providing fun and entertainment. With the right dog, you can quickly form a forever bond.
When choosing the dog breed for you, it is important to remember that the size of the dog isn’t the only factor. Men do often choose larger breeds of dogs, but you also have to consider other factors like their health issues, energy levels, and other characteristics.
No matter which dog breed you choose, you will need to have a certain amount of patience when it comes to training them and allowing them to adapt to their new home. It is going to be a big transition for both of you, so keep this in mind.
10 Best Bicep Exercises for Men
If you’re looking to bulk up and build some drool-worthy biceps, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking to work it out in the gym or get some reps in at home, this list has various workouts to pick and choose from when working towards your dream arms.
Large bicep muscles are a true testament to a well-seasoned workout and can do wonders for your personal appearance. It can really pay off to incorporate some bicep workouts into your regular routine if you’re looking to add some well-earned girth to your upper body.
Many people don’t know that working to add some muscle mass to your biceps can be a bit of a challenge. However, don’t let that stop you! Though it may be hard, it is not impossible, as long as you zero in on target exercises and put some strict commitment to your workout goals. Before we dive into the bicep workouts you’ll need to master to tone your physique, let’s learn more about this muscle group.
Breaking Down Your Biceps
Let’s begin with some Bicep Muscles 101. Your biceps (known in Latin as biceps brachii, meaning “two-headed muscle of the arm’) are a large group of tendons found on the front-facing section of your upper arm. This muscle comprises two tendons, attached to the scapula bone in the shoulder and the radius bone found at the elbow. These tendons are often referred to as the “short head” and “long head,” combining to make up the single bicep muscle.
Your bicep is designed to both rotate your forearm and flex your elbow, allowing you to accomplish lifting and pulling movements. They are one of the most powerful muscles in your upper arm, supporting and stabilizing other muscles as you accomplish daily tasks. The biceps are also the only muscle group in the collection of muscles that make up your upper arm that pass through two joints, both the shoulder and elbow.
Key Bicep Workout Tips
It is in the best interest of anyone looking to get into the world of weightlifting to make their biceps a top priority. However, because biceps are involved in much of our daily heavy-lifting tasks, they are especially susceptible to harm. You must take care when strengthening this muscle group, as strains and tendon tears can happen easily. Be sure to keep some of the following tips in mind before embarking on your new bicep workout routine:
Always Properly Stretch
As with any workout, it is always important to ensure you are properly warmed up before you begin! While some may find this step tedious and boring, we promise you’ll notice an immediate difference if you incorporate some simple stretches into your pre-workout routine.
By properly stretching, you increase blood flow to your muscle groups, providing better oxygenation, and leading to better bulking results. As an added bonus, this increased blood flow and oxygenation will also lead to less risk for tears or muscle soreness while heavy lifting.
Invest in Equipment
To get your dream biceps faster, investing in some equipment can really make a difference. For those of you with a gym membership, most of the equipment referenced in our listed exercises can be found in any standard gym. For those who are embarking on a bicep workout journey from home, investing in some basic equipment can make a huge difference in your results.
Getting a set of basic dumbbells should be a priority for those working on their biceps at home. Resistance bands can also work as a great substitute in these exercises, with some modifications. If you’re looking to invest and build a larger home gym, an adjustable workout bench, cable machine, and barbell bar would also be worthwhile additions.
Don’t Forget to Squeeze
The novice lifter may not know the importance of squeezing with each rep. If you’re looking to build some serious muscle mass, squeezing the top of each muscle contraction as you exercise is a key practice. You are putting force and tension on the muscle by squeezing, breaking down fibers to build new mass. Constant tension is a must in bicep workouts if you want to reach maximum results.
Switch Up Your Routine
Finding your perfect routine can be nice but be sure not to let it get stagnant! It’s ideal to switch up your exercises every so often to ensure you’re reaching your full potential and properly working out this muscle group. Vary your reps and sets as you go, change up your equipment, and try new types of exercises as you reach for your goals.
When building your bicep routine, try to come up with two different variations, alternating between them weekly. By embarking on this kind of routine, you should be able to build fuller biceps faster and see visible results in as soon as eight to twelve weeks.
Take Deep Breaths
This may seem obvious, but don’t forget to breathe! Some may find themselves unconsciously holding their breath as they exert their strength on a heavy lift. While you may think this is helping, you are causing a lot of internal stress. Holding your breath can cause a momentary spike in blood pressure and leads to less oxygenated blood getting to your muscle groups. It’s more than worth your while to make sure you’re equally focused on taking in some air as you are on your lifting technique.
Many powerlifters use the art of “bracing” while they breathe. To perform this exercise, push your stomach into your chest, also engaging your sides and back as you breathe in, reacting as you would if you were about to get punched in the gut. This brace is essential for your core when doing hardcore lifting and can offer much-needed support during heavy-weight exercises.
Remember to Rest
Just like warming up, taking rest days are essential when it comes to any workout routine. Knowing how often to workout is extremely important. Sometimes you may feel that you want to power through soreness and exercise daily to achieve your results, but rest periods play a significant role in any workout.
Resting is essential for repairing ripped and torn tendons that naturally get worn and broken down as you work them out. Rest days will allow your muscles to fix the microscopic tears caused during workouts, helping your tissue to heal and return better than before. Rest day will also go a long way to prevent muscle fatigue and soreness and reduce your risk of injury in future workouts due to strain.
It is just as important to rest during a workout as it is to rest afterward. While some assume you only need to rest for thirty to sixty seconds between reps, it is actually good to give yourself more time.
When planning your bicep workout, try to find a way to incorporate three to four-minute rests for this muscle group between sets to allow your muscles to return to full strength before starting again. If you don’t want to wait around during the rest period, you could try training a different muscle group in the downtime.
The Ten Best Bicep Exercises For Men
As we stated above, there are many benefits to focusing on biceps as an area of improvement in your own workout routine. If you’re looking to put the work into bulking up your biceps, the exercises we break down below are a perfect starting place. From beginners to seasoned pros, there’s something for every stage of your workout journey to be found here:
1. Standing Dumbbell Curl
The standing dumbbell curl is a classic exercise and can easily be replicated with some basic home equipment. For this exercise, you can use a dumbbell of appropriate weight or improvise with any heavy object at home that you can get a safe grip on. Be sure to take caution when performing this exercise to avoid injury- keep slow control, remember to squeeze, and keep your back straight!
- Standing up straight, hold one dumbbell in each hand, with your arms straight, palms facing forward and down by your sides.
- Keep your elbows locked beside your torso, stationed above your hips.
- While keeping your upper forearms still, curl the weight upwards towards your shoulder as far as you can. Repeat on either arm.
2. Standing Barbell Curl
This is another common bicep exercise, considered an old favorite by many. This exercise is well-liked for a good reason, as it allows you to work on both bicep muscles simultaneously, leading to more even results. When performing a standing barbell curl, be sure to keep your body fixed and straight, and avoid swinging as you lift. Your elbows should also remain by your sides and not move while lifting the weight.
- Grasp the bar with an underhand grip while standing shoulder-width apart.
- Get yourself into position, standing with a straight back, arms extended, and feet together.
- Keeping your upper forearms locked by your side, curl the bar up towards your chest. The bar should not touch your chest.
- After pausing, lower the bar back to your starting position. Repeat.
3. Hammer Curl
The hammer curl can be considered a more nuanced version of the classic dumbbell curl, working to target your biceps from your brachii to your baracialis. This exercises ability to better target the whole of your bicep muscle can help you gain some much-needed bulk. When done properly, a hammer curl can also put less stress on your wrists, if that’s an area of concern.
- Standing straight, hold a pair of dumbbells by your sides, palms facing inwards towards each other.
- Keeping your upper arms locked in place, curl the dumbbells towards your shoulders as far as you can, keeping your palms facing inward.
- Hold your position for a second, then lower the weights back down, entering your starting position.
4. Spider Curl
The spider curl is another variation of the classic curl. This approach can allow for a greater range of motion than other bicep exercises, ensuring that an optimum amount of tension is being held on the muscle. When performing a spider curl, you will need an adjustable workout bench set at an angle where you can stand leaning forward, allowing your arms to hang straight down to the floor while holding your dumbbells or barbell bar.
- Lie down on an angled workout bench, so you are standing, leaning forward, with your arms angled straight down.
- Hold your dumbbells in both hands, palms facing upwards towards you.
- Keeping your upper arms still by your side, curl your dumbbells upwards towards your chest as high as you can.
- Pause briefly before lowering your arms back down to their starting position. Repeat.
5. Zottman Curl
The Zottman is definitely a more complex exercise, but it is worth learning this technique. By leveraging different hand positions to maximize its target multiple muscles, this exercise can allow you to build a more even and balanced look to your bicep. Be sure to take particular care of your positioning when performing this exercise, as improper movement could lead to sprained or tense wrists.
- Stand in a shoulder-width stance, holding a dumbbell in each hand by your side with your palms facing inward towards each other.
- With your palms still facing inward and your upper arms locked, lift your dumbbells until your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
- Once your arms are at a 90-degree angle, rotate your hands, so your palms are facing up toward the ceiling.
- Once in this position, continue to lift up your forearms, twisting your palms, so they are facing outward away from you.
- Lower your arms back to their starting position. Repeat.
6. Regular EZ Bar Curl
An EZ Bar can be a great piece of equipment for working out your biceps, with its undulating handle allowing you to handle more weight than you could with other equipment. It also works to alleviate the pressure on your elbows and forearms, which can be great for healing muscles. Many claim that an EZ bar can stimulate better muscle growth than barbells or dumbbells, but it’s best to pick what works best for you! Adding this variation into your technique could lead to a new go-to set.
- Standing shoulder-width apart, hold the EZ bar in an underhand grip, resting it in front of your thighs.
- Keeping your upper arms locked by your side, curl the EZ bar up towards your shoulders.
- Squeeze your muscles, then slowly lower the bar. Repeat.
7. Incline Dumbbell Curl
An incline dumbbell curl is a variation of the dumbbell curl that works to provide a deeper muscle stretch. You should be on an inclined bench in this curl, sitting upright with your back flat against the pad. If doing this workout at home without access to a bench, any straight back chair or bench will do – just ensure you’re sitting at a roughly 90-degree angle.
- Begin by sitting upright with your back straight, keeping your arms down straight towards the floor, palms facing forward, with a dumbbell in each hand.
- Keeping your upper arms locked and palms upward, curl both dumbbells upwards towards your shoulders as close as you can.
- After a pause, lower the dumbbells, putting your arms back into their start position. Repeat.
8. Chin Up
This classic move is more difficult than meets the eye but can be highly effective when building your biceps. Plus, a good set of chin-ups can also work your shoulder and back to increase that overall upper body bulk when done properly. For those embarking on home workouts, there is a multitude of at-home chin-up bars online- just be sure it is properly installed to avoid any accidents. Any multifunction workout station should have the proper bars to get the job done for those in a gym setting.
- Standing shoulder-width apart, grip your chin-up bar, keeping your palms facing towards your face.
- Pull yourself upwards until your head is fully above the bar, with your feet off the floor.
- After a pause, slowly lower yourself back to your start position. Repeat.
9. Underhand Seated Row
This exercise utilizes any kind of cable machine, working to target both your biceps and your back. This makes it a great exercise for an overall body routine. When performing this exercise, be sure to keep your back extra straight and secure. It’s best not to lean forward when performing this maneuver, adding unnecessary strain and improper form.
- Sitting at a low pulley cable station or rowing machine, grab your straight bar with and underhand grip, shoulder-width apart, palms facing up.
- Pull the cable towards your chest, both keeping your shoulders down and pinching your Shoulder blades together in the back.
- After pausing, return your arms to their starting position. Repeat.
10. Standing Cable Curl
The use of the cable machine can allow you to perform rapid-fire sets with increased tension throughout the bicep, making it perfect for a quick routine. There are also many variations to this exercise, depending on the pulley attachments you attach to your machine. We’ll outline how to perform a standing cable curl with a straight bar attachment in the low position for these instructions.
- Standing shoulder-width apart with a straight back, grab the straight bar with your arms extended, palms facing upward.
- Keeping your upper arms stationary, slowly pull the bar up towards your shoulders as closely as possible.
- After pausing and squeezing your muscles, return to your start position.