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How to Work Out With Barbells

Biceps Curl

Step 1

Pick a barbell with weight that will challenge you but not tire you within the first set. Place your hands shoulder width apart with your palms facing away from your body. Keep your knees bent to avoid straining or injuring your back.

Step 2

Keep your hands shoulder width apart on the barbell for beginner training. During advanced workouts, you can alter spacing your hands. The wider apart your hands are on the barbell, the more you will work the inner part of your muscle. If you use a narrow grip, you develop the outer part of the muscle.

Step 3

Keep your elbows tucked in to achieve a maximum workout as you curl the barbell upward. Keep the rest of your body still during the movement.

Step 4

Squeeze your biceps once you lift the barbell to your chest. Slowly let the barbell down. The slower you move the barbell to its original position, the more you continue to work out your biceps.

Step 5

Perform the curl 10 times for one set, and do three to four sets. Rest for 60 to 90 seconds between each set.

Step 6

Rest the muscle you worked for 24 hours before exercising it again. For instance, exercise your biceps on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with rest periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Work a different muscle group on the days you rest your biceps. Rest periods allow time for the muscles to grow.

Bench Press

Step 1

Lie on your back on a bench and grab the barbell, keeping your grip shoulder width apart. Engage a spotter to assist you.

Step 2

Take the bar off the rack, and bring the barbell slowly to your chest. Extend your arms and push the barbell back up slowly. This exercise works your chest muscles.

Step 3

Perform 10 repetitions to produce one set, and complete three to four sets. Rest for 60 to 90 seconds between each set. Heavier weights with fewer repetitions will result in greater strength and muscle mass than lighter weights.

Deadlift

Step 1

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and flat. Grab the barbell with your hands shoulder width apart on the bar. Use a reverse grip, which is when the palm of one hand faces you, while the other faces away from you. Wrist straps are also helpful to keep the bar from slipping from your grip.

Step 2

Put your spine in a neutral position, which means your head is facing straight ahead, not looking up or down. You can keep your head slightly up, but the spine must remain neutral. This is essential to proper form and injury prevention.

Step 3

Stand up slowly with the barbells in your hand. Lift with your legs, not your back. If you feel you are using your back, lighten the weight until the deadlift can be performed correctly. Slowly return the bar to the ground.

Step 4

Perform 10 repetitions for one set, and do three to four sets. Rest for 60 to 90 seconds between each set. The deadlift primarily works the thigh muscles, or quadriceps. Secondary muscles worked are the calves, hamstrings, lower back, back and glutes.

Bent-Over Row

Step 1

Bend your knees, and grab the barbell using a reverse grip shoulder width apart. Bend over at the waist, keeping an arch in your lower back.

Step 2

Pull the barbell up and into your lower abdominal area, but do not stand up straight.

Step 3

Lower the barbell slowly to the ground.

Step 4

Perform 10 reps, do three to four sets, and rest for 60 to 90 seconds between each set.

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