I've been doing standing barbell curls for a couple of months now but I find it increasingly tough on the wrists. I have flexibility issues due to a broken wrist years ago.
What should I replace them with?
I know barbells are superior to EZ bars because they allow for greater contraction, but how significant is that really?
I suppose I have a choice between EZ bar standing or preacher curls, or some kind of dumbbell exercise. Which will be best?
When it comes to training biceps there is no one best exercise just a variety. It doesn't make a difference if you use an EZ bar or straight bar, you control the contraction,not the weight. Some various bicep exercises:
- Cable curl
- High pulley concentration curl
- DB concentration curl
- Machine preacher curl
- One arm DB curl
- Alternating DB curl
- Horizontal cable curl
There are lots of options to choose from and cables tend to work best because of the continuous tension, but they shouldn't just be the only thing used.
I'm doing HCT-12 which calls for one biceps exercise.Originally Posted by Allen Cress
If you say I should be doing multiple types, would it be best to do a different one each session or a different one each cycle (every 4 weeks)? I don't really like changing exercises too much because it's hard to keep track of progress.
you are way over-thinking this. just grab something and curl it.
I like hammer curls over anything else I've tried. Most other types hurt my wrists in some way or another.
For unexplained reasons, I also have developed pain in the wrists with BB curls.
For me, it occurs in the outer wrist bone, a few inches up the arm from the wrist.
I switched to a curl bar, but it was still there.
I just quit doing it, and do seated DB curls and hold them hammer-style. And if I'm feeling froggy, I'll polish it off with some cable machine curls like Allen listed above.
Last edited by Bosch232; 07-30-2010 at 11:34 AM.
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maybe you should just try a different grip position on the straight bar. or maybe its because you have weak forearms and you should incorporate more grip work into your training.
Either choice is fine. You can change each week or stick with same as well. I wouldn't exactly measure progress on curls by just focusing on weight , focus more on the target muscle doing the work. Contract the bicep up and fight the flex with bicep on way down.