Hey I've been doing seated preacher curls for a long time and now i have shooting pains in my forearm when im doing them. Does anyone know why? Are there any alternative exercises to do for biceps?
I that pain a couple of time over the past 5 years. The more you continue what your doing the worse its going to get and longer it will take to recover.
If I were you I would stop preacher curls right away and avoid curls. take a break on forearms and bicep workouts. Then start all over do compound moments for biceps like chins then dumbbell curls then on to barbell curls then find a new way of doing preacher curls or it could happen again.
When I got those pains I saw a Dr. and he told me that the tendons around my forearms were getting inflamed and putting pressure on the nerves.
Last edited by ExtremePullups; 11-05-2007 at 09:34 AM.
its a common problem
Last edited by ExtremePullups; 11-05-2007 at 09:40 AM.
i used to have the same thing, i can do any exercise i want, but seated preacher curls would be impossible, the pain in my forearm was unberable. just drop them and find different bicep exercises, there are plenty to choose from.
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is it a straight bar or an ez curl bar? I find that the ez curl bar is not as stressful on the forearms.
yeh i do a lot of heavy chinups... It was just a curling bar. The pain happens after I bring the bar back up. Its just annoying because I was finally lifting heavy on barbell curls and wasn't having problems until a day or so ago. Oh well. Time to start doing some hammer curls and compound exercises... thanks for the input.
I've had the same experience, that pain comes and goes. The most successful solution is to stop doing them for awhile and then pick it up again after a month or two.
Some of the other things I've tried with 'some' success are:
(when I used to wear gloves) Taking my gloves off and holding them fully between my hands and the bar. This seemed to give my grip a bit of allowance for a slightly different angle and a bit of cusioning, which seemed a bit better.
It also allowed me to hold the bar tighter. I found that if I focussed on squeezing the bar hard with my hands it provided some reduction in the pain in my forearms.
I also found that letting the bar go slowly when you are done makes, takes the edge off a bit.
Don't get me wrong, if it gets outright painful, just stop, but if the pain is a passing annoyance, then try some of those things.
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