Targeting the Forearms
People tend to focus predominantly on the biceps and triceps muscles, but if you’re after a complete look you cannot afford to neglect your forearms.
The forearm contains a number of muscles, with the three main groups being the flexors, the extensors and the brachioradialis.
The Forearm (Wrist) Extensors
As their name suggests, the extensors enable the hand to extend backwards. The extensors run the outside (posterior) length of the forearm and are comprised of eight heads:
- Extensor digitorum
- Extensor carpi radialis longus
- Extensor carpi radialis brevis
- Extensor carpi ulnaris
- Extensor carpi indicis
- Extensor digiti minimi
- Extensor pollicis longus
- Extensor pollicis brevis
Recommended Exercise: Seated Barbell Wrist Extension
This exercise targets both the flexors and the extensors, particularly the extensor carpi radialis and ulnaris. The key is to get a good stretch at the bottom as well as a good contraction at the top.