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Maki Riddington
03-23-2004, 09:13 PM
I'm curious to see what you guys are lifting when it comes to the dumbbell bicep curl.

Jasonl
03-23-2004, 09:16 PM
60lbs for reps, probably 70-75 max.

andy51
03-23-2004, 09:18 PM
a hot pink 5 pounder...

actually i have no idea probably about 50-55

geoffgarcia
03-23-2004, 09:28 PM
I do 3x10 with 15's
sometimes one of the sets will be with 10's, sometimes with 20's

I can't even comprehend what it would be like to do db curls with 60's or 70's!
do you have like 19" biceps or something?

Maki, maybe you could add a poll to this thread? might make it easier to see the results?

Mic Soloist
03-23-2004, 09:33 PM
I can curl 55 one time with decent form. I was doing reps with 50 for a while. Now I rep 45 with good form. I'm sure I'll be back up to 50 when I bulk again. I am more focused on form now though.

Maki Riddington
03-23-2004, 09:33 PM
Jasonl, how much do you weigh and what's your height?

Saint Patrick
03-23-2004, 09:54 PM
I've never attempted anything over 35 lbs.

SonOfLiberty
03-23-2004, 10:01 PM
70's for 3 reps each was my best, never tried a ORM

Maki Riddington
03-23-2004, 10:37 PM
What's your current weight SOL?

SonOfLiberty
03-23-2004, 10:43 PM
im 6', 255. somewhere around 17-19% flab.

RBB
03-23-2004, 11:05 PM
60's for about 6. never tried to max

KkKk
03-23-2004, 11:11 PM
i lift 5kg ones :thumbup:

Dedicated
03-23-2004, 11:29 PM
I do concentration curls, a bit harder but yea, I did 2 sets of 45lbs X 6 today. I know I can get 50lbs maybe 2-3 times, 55lbs maybe once, maybe, not sure. I weigh 182.5lbs as of today, 15-20% bf.

Edit - I voted 50lbs, I'm sure I can get that for probably 3 reps.

Dedicated
03-23-2004, 11:30 PM
Yo Maki how much do you do, just curious.

Saint Patrick
03-23-2004, 11:32 PM
Yeah, Maki what do YOU curl?!?!?!?!?!?

always_losing
03-24-2004, 12:37 AM
150 EZ bar
Dumbell's 65-70 for five'ish'...(depends on how strong i am feeling)

Mic Soloist
03-24-2004, 01:06 AM
150 EZ bar
Dumbell's 65-70 for five'ish'...(depends on how strong i am feeling)


what is your height, age, years training?

Got any pics?

hotsauce901
03-24-2004, 01:10 AM
Curling 70lb dumbbells is not bad?? What can you do i can barely do 45X8 and i thought that was good

TiGeR AK
03-24-2004, 01:49 AM
^haha for real.. i thought i was semi-decent curling 50's.. and now i feel like a peon.

Budiak
03-24-2004, 02:39 AM
I dont do db curls very often. Yesterday I did 65s for a few sets, seated. My heaviest hammer curl was I think 75s for...6 reps. I'm not sure. That was like a year ago.

UKmarkw
03-24-2004, 04:13 AM
My best seated are 60 for 10.

TheBug
03-24-2004, 06:10 AM
75 pounds for concentration curls. 3 x 8. Going up to 80 pounds next workout.

always_losing
03-24-2004, 06:28 AM
what is your height, age, years training?

Got any pics?

Soz no pics, haven't deemed myself worthy yet. I am 19, 6ft weight about 175 at 10% bf, been training seriously for bout year and couple months, just did martial arts and trained like twice a week b4 that...

ghostrider
03-24-2004, 06:34 AM
My best is 23Kg (50.7lbs) 3 sets*5 reps, seated incline hammer curl.
Never tried 1RM

Jasonl
03-24-2004, 07:39 AM
Jasonl, how much do you weigh and what's your height?
6'1" 205lbs.

rookiebldr
03-24-2004, 07:58 AM
I test standing DB curls last week and managed 50x5 good form. With hammers curls I've done 55x8-10 on a bulk. Max's wouldn't be too much better, just seems to work out that way on curls for me.

MixmasterNash
03-24-2004, 09:39 AM
Too many variables with bicep curls. Strict, against a wall? How much body motion, etc. These can affect the possible weight by 2x.

Mic Soloist
03-24-2004, 10:34 AM
Soz no pics, haven't deemed myself worthy yet. I am 19, 6ft weight about 175 at 10% bf, been training seriously for bout year and couple months, just did martial arts and trained like twice a week b4 that...


You've been seriously training for the same amount of time as me.... with much better results. I can barely squat half what you do and I'm only 1 inch and 7 pounds less than you in height and weight. Great job.

prof
03-24-2004, 11:04 AM
Not something i spend a lot of time on, probably should, been stuck at 16" flexed for ages, i just do pullups

ReturnedFire
03-24-2004, 03:35 PM
dang for reals curling a lot.

i do 15lbs for 8x3 on hammers, and like 20lbs for regular curls. :D

NateWheeler
03-24-2004, 03:40 PM
45, i'll be up to 50 in a month or so

dawk20
03-24-2004, 04:10 PM
Never seriously maxed but have messed around a few times and done 70's...I don't curl that often...

Majestic
03-24-2004, 05:40 PM
I curled 65 lbs. with great form, back in my early twenties. It really, really strained my joints....I didn't feel too great after doing these. I've got the bone structure of a white Ethiopian, though.

Now, depending on which routine I'm following, I'll typically do not much than 40 or 45 lbs. for reps, less than a minute between sets.

Last night, for instance, I did concentration curls for sets 10-12 (4th exercise), and did only 35 lbs. for reps. Took about 40 seconds between sets. Plenty of variables there, I suppose.


*** edit: concentration curls were my 4th exercise last night

chris mason
03-24-2004, 05:49 PM
Depending on form, I can hoist up some decent weight.

Tell me what you want a video of and I will do it.

Alke
03-24-2004, 05:54 PM
wow, nice work guys.

I think being tall is an advantage on curls, Im 6"3" myself and
curls USED to be my favorite thing to do....I have done 85x2 on standing DB curls, and currently doing 90x8 on concentration curls. BB curl has been stuck at 150x3-5 for a few weeks.

My favorite thing to do NOW is BB rows.

LuvDaPump
03-24-2004, 05:54 PM
Standing DB curl of 50 lbs for 3-4reps and 60 1-2 depending on the form.
EZCurl 130 or so.

Like has been said " lots of variables "

beloved
03-24-2004, 06:01 PM
Depending on form, I can hoist up some decent weight.

Tell me what you want a video of and I will do it.
you curling 9000lbs.

Jasonl
03-24-2004, 06:34 PM
you curling 9000lbs.
:rolleyes:
Chris, do you think you can manage a 200lb bb curl for 1 rep? That would be quite impressive.

oldDurst
03-24-2004, 06:38 PM
Right now I'm doing 60 for sets, but I'm doing cable curls at 75 for sets.

Maki Riddington
03-24-2004, 07:12 PM
Yeah, Maki what do YOU curl?!?!?!?!?!?

*** Not much.

Saint Patrick
03-24-2004, 07:26 PM
:rolleyes:
Chris, do you think you can manage a 200lb bb curl for 1 rep? That would be quite impressive.

He Posted a pic of himself curling 225 a while back.

But yeah, a video of a similar weight would be cool.

bill
03-24-2004, 07:28 PM
I can use 55 for reps with decent form about 5 or so after back workouts

Paladyr
03-24-2004, 07:55 PM
Soz no pics, haven't deemed myself worthy yet. I am 19, 6ft weight about 175 at 10% bf, been training seriously for bout year and couple months, just did martial arts and trained like twice a week b4 that...

As much weight as you do at that weight, you have to look like a pro. body builder.

bill
03-24-2004, 10:12 PM
*** Not much.
maki you started the thread you shouldn't cop out like that :windup:

PizDoff
03-25-2004, 12:14 AM
Me got bad elbows.... :(

I always do curls last so mine are crappy. Put me at newb.

Psychotron
03-25-2004, 04:33 AM
22kg x 4-5 reps... and it's P!SSING ME OFF!

I was gonna start a thread about it actually, but I'll just ask here: my curl is limiting my shoulder press - how do I get around this?? (note - I exercise at home and I've only got dbs) Do you guys always shoulder press less or same as you curl? if not, how the F do you get dbs up into position? I'm shoulder pressing the same as I curl right now, but I can feel it's time to load on another kilo (for the press, I need to improve curling form before upping that weight); only then I'm gonna have to start doing backswings to get my arms up. :( :mad:

:help:

Allyrulez
03-25-2004, 06:13 AM
DB Concentration curl - 44lbs for 10 reps (left arm).. About half that my right, which is 1"" bigger. Cheers, genetics.

Preacher curls:- 48.4lbs for 10 reps

DB Curls:- About 35lbs

always_losing
03-25-2004, 09:40 AM
You've been seriously training for the same amount of time as me.... with much better results. I can barely squat half what you do and I'm only 1 inch and 7 pounds less than you in height and weight. Great job.


I been doing lots of power stuff (low reps) for what feels like ages now, so i got quite strong without adding much weight. Stopped that now back on a bit of a BB routine. Time to get some more size again.

Bruise Brubaker
03-25-2004, 02:16 PM
I can barely work with the 45s (45*5). How can you guys curl so much? Curl jockeys? How is 50 pounds average? The average person at my gym uses the 25 pounders.

Allyrulez
03-25-2004, 02:33 PM
I can barely work with the 45s (45*5). How can you guys curl so much? Curl jockeys? How is 50 pounds average? The average person at my gym uses the 25 pounders.



I dont think the question is working weight, rather a set you could thrash out if a hot chick was looking... Well thats how i answered it

justhrowit
03-25-2004, 03:33 PM
I'm curious to see what you guys are lifting when it comes to the dumbbell bicep curl.


Went 4X10 this morning

1X55#, 2X60#, 1X65#...got 10 reps on all sets

never tried a one rep DB curl

Ebu
03-25-2004, 03:43 PM
I work with 50's while laying down on the incline bench. I could probably curl 70's standing, never really tried it, and I always do dumbell curls after standing ez-bar curls, so, i wouldn't know. Maybe i'll try it out next work out.

Gavan
03-25-2004, 04:26 PM
14x60lbs dumbells but not in 'perfect', maybe not even 'good' form.

BlingMeter
03-25-2004, 06:59 PM
70x6 last month....... 130x3 preacher curl EZ curl barbell

Whamburger
03-25-2004, 07:58 PM
Wow, this thread makes me feel week! lol

Maki Riddington
03-25-2004, 08:02 PM
That was the purpose of this thread. I figured once I read about how people can out curl me, I'd be motivated to strengthen the weak pathetic lumps of soft tissue that I call my biceps.

heathj
03-25-2004, 10:06 PM
Yeah my biceps are the worst part of my body...slowly coming up though.

Best is 50 x 6.

Beast
03-25-2004, 11:11 PM
Why DB curl maxes? Why not BB curl maxes. :p

Beast
03-25-2004, 11:12 PM
Soz no pics, haven't deemed myself worthy yet. I am 19, 6ft weight about 175 at 10% bf, been training seriously for bout year and couple months, just did martial arts and trained like twice a week b4 that...
You have some very impressive stats for being that height/weight.

always_losing
03-26-2004, 12:12 AM
You have some very impressive stats for being that height/weight.

My dead is just still unbeliveably bad, only started doing them a couple months ago..... But thanks

British Pimp
03-26-2004, 06:46 AM
I can do 77X5 on barbell curls. Not sure what I could get on the DB curls.

Probably about 38 for one or two reps, with good form.

geoffgarcia
03-26-2004, 09:38 AM
WBB should sponsor (term used very loosely) a strongest man comp for members:)

I'd love to go and pwn you guys with 14" biceps that are monkey humping/curling 70lb dbs

DavidyourDuke
03-26-2004, 09:47 AM
I'm at 45 @ 12.5 arms with okay form. My goal is 60 lbs with good form

alex11012
09-09-2008, 09:08 AM
60lb+ standing 1RM. Standing Straight arm curls with a little bit of back movement but generally ok form. I generally use the BB when standing so this may be out of date.

prof
09-09-2008, 09:11 AM
wow where did this come from, i think i last posted on here in 2004, and I just got an e-mail saying you'd replied

Anyway, i've gone all compound mad, so the nearest i get to a curl is a chinup

alex11012
09-09-2008, 10:12 AM
wow where did this come from, i think i last posted on here in 2004, and I just got an e-mail saying you'd replied

Anyway, i've gone all compound mad, so the nearest i get to a curl is a chinup

Somebody revived an old thread. Lol.

pottsy07
09-09-2008, 04:45 PM
i havent performed this exercise in a while but when i did i was able to do 25kg (55lb) 2 r 3 times depending on how fatigued i was on that day.

Detard
09-09-2008, 04:47 PM
Somebody revived an old thread. Lol.

Yeah... You... Noob

ryuage
09-09-2008, 04:47 PM
there wasn't an option high enough for me to vote.

fooz
09-09-2008, 07:06 PM
50's

cphafner
09-09-2008, 07:06 PM
60lb+ standing 1RM. Standing Straight arm curls with a little bit of back movement but generally ok form. I generally use the BB when standing so this may be out of date.

You have a 1rm on curls :rolleyes:

ryuage
09-09-2008, 08:03 PM
You have a 1rm on curls :rolleyes:

:scratch:

you mean you dont? :clown:

cphafner
09-09-2008, 08:12 PM
:scratch:

you mean you dont? :clown:

Nah my little guy is supposed to be rolling his eyes.

This one would work too :bang:

adamnur
09-09-2008, 09:54 PM
60s for 5 reps. Never tried max, but probably 70ish.

Keith
09-10-2008, 12:33 PM
My last meet I came first maxing out at 75's.

kevowamo
09-10-2008, 02:44 PM
a bicep thread going 3 pages

figures

Keith
09-10-2008, 06:23 PM
Now 4 pages.

Let's make it 5!!!1!

Invain
09-10-2008, 09:25 PM
I always do a curl at the top of my deadlifts, no matter the weight!!!! SFW!!!!

GUERILLABIG
09-12-2008, 10:57 AM
last week i ended my set with 70'sx4

Detard
09-12-2008, 01:18 PM
I just did 205 for 9 reps. Coulda got the 10th but I didnt wanna lose form

SW
09-12-2008, 04:48 PM
At the end of when I was powerlifting I could curl a 70lb cb in each hand once.

rbtrout
09-12-2008, 04:53 PM
Hammer curls count? If so 90s. 2 sets 4 reps each set.

Vince123
09-12-2008, 05:20 PM
40-50 pounds

KingWilder
09-13-2008, 12:40 PM
what's a bicep curl?

drmobley
09-15-2008, 04:08 PM
I train biceps 2-3 x/wk. currently 65s x 6 sets of 6 (alt dumb and hammer), not to mention the other 14 sets of biceps exercises. Overtraining? maybe.

Sean Hatley
09-15-2008, 11:12 PM
Beat that

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2728165891_0736fb6f99.jpg?v=0

leveque
09-16-2008, 09:26 PM
50 lbs with cheating and using my back...30 lbs no cheating.

ColdBlue
09-18-2008, 08:14 PM
Alternating dumbbell curls at 50lbs, only a couple of reps though. I usually use 40lbs.

EVILGOOSEY
09-20-2008, 10:56 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2728165891_0736fb6f99.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2728165891_0736fb6f99.jpg?v=0



OOOOH!
What now sean hatley???

HO HUM!

:outnumber:

chrisco915
09-22-2008, 05:49 PM
Okay.....am I the only one who is going to question the validity of this concept? The biggest pros topping out around 300lbs use 60-70lbs dumbells for 6-8 reps. How is it that the weights mentioned above are possible? Yates couldn't do it. Nor could Priest or Coleman. Turnip truck must have stopped here.

Firstly, doing BD curls for less that 5 reps is useless and borderline ******ed. The risk of injury is 100 fold doing something like that.
Secondly, those of you feeling like peons for doing 50s....be proud and content in your form......I am feeling the weight of "internet padding" of numbers from here.

chrisco915
09-22-2008, 05:51 PM
Now 4 pages.

Let's make it 5!!!1!

I don't see that being a problem now.

Ben Moore
09-24-2008, 09:59 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2728165891_0736fb6f99.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/2728165891_0736fb6f99.jpg?v=0



OOOOH!
What now sean hatley???

HO HUM!

:outnumber:

PWNED!!!!!

chris mason
09-27-2008, 11:21 AM
Okay.....am I the only one who is going to question the validity of this concept? The biggest pros topping out around 300lbs use 60-70lbs dumbells for 6-8 reps. How is it that the weights mentioned above are possible? Yates couldn't do it. Nor could Priest or Coleman. Turnip truck must have stopped here.

Firstly, doing BD curls for less that 5 reps is useless and borderline ******ed. The risk of injury is 100 fold doing something like that.
Secondly, those of you feeling like peons for doing 50s....be proud and content in your form......I am feeling the weight of "internet padding" of numbers from here.

You point is well taken, but somewhat erroneous. Trust me when I tell you both Yates and Coleman could use more than 70s for dumbbell curls.

zen
09-27-2008, 12:15 PM
Firstly, doing BD curls for less that 5 reps is useless and borderline ******ed. The risk of injury is 100 fold doing something like that..

100 fold eh?
*skurd*

Sorry, the only time I ever do dumbell curls is after a pull day, and if I do more then 6 reps, I'll remember to up the weight next time around.

I've never injured my bicep in my entire life, and I sometimes wonder if they are indestructible. (*knocks on wood*) Though I may have strained a brachialis once, that was oddly during a bench press and only bothered me when I benched.

I guess what I am asking is, unless you are a curl jockey, what's the point of all that?

mickyjune26
09-27-2008, 12:59 PM
Never tried max, but prob 60 - 70. I don't really work out my bi's. Just some hammer curls for a few sets.

paul0101
11-07-2008, 08:53 AM
I haven't tried max but i do 25kg (55lbs) dumbells perfect form 10 reps each arm. I can hammer curl 40kg dumbells (88lbs) but that isn't curling now is it lol.

I think barbell curls would have been better my max on that is 165lbs 4 reps with close grip on the ez bar.

Kiff
11-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Never tried a max rep but im curling sets of 8 on 16kg with perfect form and im happy with that at 18 and weighing in at little more than your average piece of paper :)

tom183
11-08-2008, 02:08 AM
27.5 kg (60.5 pounds) would be my one rep max.

LilHillbilly
11-09-2008, 05:00 PM
45s my best so far for one rep.

snikez
11-11-2008, 02:51 PM
I can only lift 30 right now but at least my weight is an option to choose from on the poll! Plus I'm only 16 right now so it will go up...hopefully.

jed
11-11-2008, 05:26 PM
i can do 40x12, and have done 60x1 and i had a little bit of gas left... so i went with 70. our db's only go up to 60 :(

Mission
11-13-2008, 10:06 AM
I don't do curls, but I'd guess somewhere around 35 - 45.

rctriplefresh5
04-24-2009, 04:51 PM
around 70 for 1 strict.,././

bass slayer
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
I do 3x10 of 35's but my heaviest to date is 5 reps of 45's. I could probably do a couple of the 50's now.

Mercuryblade
04-25-2009, 12:15 AM
I rep with 45's, I have no idea what my max would be, maybe 55. I started with 10lbs so I'm pretty happy.

evilxxx
04-25-2009, 01:08 AM
Before discovering powerlifting I got up to 110 for 3 reps I think (or 4?) now since starting to lift again and no doing much direct bicep work I can still handle the 80's for 4-5 reps but I only work with the 50's most of the time to get a little pumped.

UcfFootball07
04-26-2009, 01:16 PM
I usually dont do db curls, but a couple weeks ago I did 50lbs..3*8 reps

xtian
04-27-2009, 04:53 PM
I've played with some 70 pounders for a 5x5.

DrDudley-Robey
04-29-2009, 10:51 PM
I do 70 or 75 on Hammer Curls as support work for bench.

BodyByGamma
04-30-2009, 05:47 PM
60lbs for no more then 5 reps each arm strict, adding some body motion and a little revere clean action up to 85lbs aka the power curl lol

dropshot001
05-05-2009, 01:42 PM
50 x 12

Steve Colescott
06-06-2010, 11:33 PM
I have done 60s for one or two sloppy reps, could do a decent heavy set with 55s... but get a far better bicep workout from a lot less weight and more focus.

Clifford Gillmore
06-07-2010, 01:00 AM
I'm not really sure, I generally only do cross-body hammer curls to keep my elbows healthy :)

Ryumexicano
06-07-2010, 02:06 PM
I can probably do 55 lbs 1 or 2 reps with good form. I know I can rep 50 for 5. :evillaugh::indian:

rbtrout
06-07-2010, 04:47 PM
Hammer curls 110 X 3. I do these maybe once a month.

Ryumexicano
06-07-2010, 05:05 PM
Hammer curls 110 X 3. I do these maybe once a month.

:omg::tuttut::omg:

fixationdarknes
06-07-2010, 09:18 PM
So is it generally true that people will hammer curl more than they can "bicep" curl? I haven't done a hammer in probably 5 years lol.

Luke1081
06-10-2010, 07:10 AM
50s baby!!

2 months I was only able to do 30s for reps now its 50s for reps! Im movin FAST!

LouPac
06-11-2010, 02:28 AM
Never maxed out on them, but I get 8-10 reps with 45s.

jp2
06-16-2010, 12:22 PM
12oz usually : )

cadzilla33
06-16-2010, 01:26 PM
65's 4x8

Hemi Powered
06-17-2010, 06:29 PM
70's for sets of 5 strict, could probably do 80's with a little rocking. Doing Arnold curls have went as heavy as 85's for 4-6 reps, not very good considering the years I have in.

sfurner
06-25-2010, 08:35 PM
Last time I did them i did 55x10 for 2 sets, then 50x12 for another. I do Incline seated curls so I can't rock my body at all to cheat. I did it at 5'10" 165.

Bosch232
06-25-2010, 09:04 PM
A six year old thread? Seriously?


I can do 45 x 8 - to - 10, but never maxed.

Ragana
06-25-2010, 11:41 PM
50 lb's is honestly average? That doesn't seem right.

Bosch232
06-29-2010, 06:25 AM
What does a standard curl bar weigh? Yesterday during HCT-12 I had 90 pounds on the curl bar and got 5. (Couldn't get the 6th rep with good form.)
So I did 90 + the bar for 5 reps.

kmagnuss
06-29-2010, 06:37 AM
Some are 12 lbs, some are 15, some are? Your best bet is to weigh it.

K Y L E
10-25-2011, 01:46 AM
He asked dumbbell, not barbell.

ThomasG
10-25-2011, 07:39 AM
lol this thread again?

thecityalive
10-29-2011, 09:55 AM
lol this thread again?

I laughed.