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The brachioradialis

(M. brachioradialis)


 

The M. brachioradialis belongs to the radial group of forearm muscles. It is a one-joint muscle with long lever arm, which goes along the total length of the forearm. Together with the M. biceps brachii and the M. brachialis, it bends the elbow.
The muscle, which is also described as long outwards turning, supports pronation and supination in forearm to the middle position (thumb faces upwards). It is just in this position that it works as flexor of the forearm.
This defines its importance for some typical motions. The M. brachioradialis is used for types of sports where a powerful bending in elbow joint is required, i.e., rowing, lifting weights, doing gymnastics or wrestling. As it is a superficial muscle, it is well visible or touchable for outwards turning. You can feel the pulse of the arteria radialis near to the wrist between its base tendon and that of the M. flexor capri radialis.
 

 

 

M. brachioradialis

 

Origin:

Outer edge of the humerus (Crista supracondylaris lateralis)
 

Base: Obtuse bone eminence on lateral, lower end of the radius (Processus styloideus)
 
Functions:

Bending in elbow joint (in middle position), inwards and outwards turning up to middle position
 

 

 

Exercise examples

 

 

Hammercurls (standing position)
Hammercurl                                      Hammercurl

 



Course of motion:

  • Stand in front of the cable pull
  • Stand with legs in slight step position respectively shoulderwidth apart
  • Slightly bend knees
  • Tense torso, shoulders, wrists
  • Hold handles or straps on the side of the body
  • Palms face each other
  • Bring forearm upwards in a controlled way

 

Breathing:

  • Exhale while bending the elbow
  • Inhale while lowering the forearms

 

Advices of proof:

  • Wrists keep straight, in one line with the forearm
  • Body keeps stable and does not sway
  • Elbows keep close to the body
  • Do not pull shoulders upwards
  • Adapt the weight to the training level

 

Alternatives:

  • Sitting position
  • Simultaneously or alternating
  • With dumbbell or Kettlebell

 

Advice: The sitting exercise position minimizes potential bad postures in the lower back. In order to minimize bad postures in standing position, you can lean against a wall. So your body has a stable support and does not start swaying.




Besides common exercises on a multi-gym (cable pull), you can use the following training equipment to create a varied and motivating workout for the brachioradialis:

 

 

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