Is working your forearms a regular part of your routine? Do you actually think there is any benefit in working them? Are you simply wasting your time by doing so and is this similar to working your abs every session?? Here is the low down on what I think about it all..
Working Your Forearms
How many of you work your forearms during your workout sessions? Do you tend to exercise this muscle on your back or bicep training days? Working your forearms will certainly increase strength in this area but is it going to help you with major lifts such as deadlifts and bent over rows when you need the extra help from these muscles? Will your forearms grow as a result of lifting heavier on these types of exercises anyway? I will see some guys in the gym putting in 4 or 5 sets on forearm work but where were the big heavy compound moves??
Deadlifts, rows, pull ups all work your forearms in my opinion BETTER than a standard isolation exercise. Imagine it like this, the weight you have on a deadlift or row compared to a isolation forearm exercise is much greater. Heavy weights breaks down muscles so therefore the compound exercises win it for me.
Forearms And Abs
Constantly working your forearms is a little bit like the gym go'er who always does 1000 crunches and sit ups but has an appalling diet. In my professional opinion I believe it is a waste of time to do this and it won't make a massive difference to your body. Sure working your forearms will no doubt increase them but is this really your priority? Again, granted if you are a bodybuilder looking for a symmetrical look, I will agree with you and say these muscles do need to be worked. But if you are looking to lose body fat and tone, there are better exercises out there for you...
Make Smart Choices
When you exercise you have a certain amount of time to make the most amount of impact right? So choose exercises which are going to BENEFIT you and work you towards your goal! If you make smart choices you will realise how choosing the right exercises for your workout is OPTIMAL in achieving your results. If your goal is to lose body fat around your stomach, performing endless crunches isn't going to do it. If lifting more is important to you, I suggest OVERLOADING on a barbell rather than performing an isolation exercise.
Don't waste your time on exercises which ultimately aren't going to make much of a difference to your end goal. In conclusion I believe you should be working effectively so that you reach your end goal. So use this advice and the next time you want to work your forearms perhaps lift a bit heavier on a row or hang for longer during your pull ups? The next time you wanna drop down and do 1000 crunches, check your diet in the kitchen and stop wasting your time.