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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    New Newsletter Article: Bigger Biceps: One Variation You've Never Done

    Bigger Biceps: One Variation You've Never Done by Riley Bestwick

    Most guys get into the iron game with one goal in mind: get big arms. Unfortunately, they often do the same tired curl variations ad nauseam till they get frustrated with their lack of growth and toss the dumbbells for good. We're gonna change that.

    Wannabebig readers know that to get big biceps you've got to build the rest of your body, too. I mean, what good are sleeve-splitting arms when you’ve got legs that resemble your girlfriend's?

    And while compound movements like chin-ups and close-grip bench presses should still be your bread-and-butter exercises, there's something to be said for some good ol' curls. Here's one you've probably never tried.

    The Drag Curl

    Bodybuilding legend Vince Gironda popularized this variation of a barbell curl, but it's been lost in the training toolbox for the past few decades. Luckily for you, we're brushing the dirt off this great biceps exercise.

    Unlike the barbell curl (which encourages swinging the weight and using your shoulders to help assist the movement) the drag curl minimizes your shoulder recruitment and enables you to keep more tension on the biceps as they work through the range of motion.

    To do it, grab a light barbell and start in the normal curl stance: bar at your thighs with a shoulder-width grip.

    Instead of curling the weight up in an arch away from your body, drag the barbell straight up, keeping your elbows back at all times. Keep the bar in contact with your body throughout the curl.

    Drag the bar to about mid-chest level and control it back down to your thighs, flexing your biceps the entire time. Aim for three to four sets of 6-10 reps, and try to increase the weight with every set.



    Above: The Drag Curl - drag the barbell straight up, keeping your elbows back at all times.

    It may not look like much on paper, but the pump will speak for itself once you try it!

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    I don't get it as I'm stooopid. Is there a vid?
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    You wanna know something funny. I don't curl much (on SS) but this is how I curl naturally. It feels right and doesn't hurt my elbows. It will beat your biceps to death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gasman UK View Post
    I don't get it as I'm stooopid. Is there a vid?
    Here is a video with Gironda the first person I know that used them.

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    I use the drag curl quite a bit, you have to do an ego check though as you will have to lower the weight.
    Success is achieved by doing a little more than you thought you could, and a lot more than anyone else.

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    Haha, that vid was hilarious. And informative. Wish more trainers were like that. I'll have to give these a try sometime.
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    I'll try it sometime
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    So im guessing this excersize hits the brachiallis more?
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    I love these. Definitely an under appreciated exercise.
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    Those definetly look affective. I am going to try them tommrow at the gym.

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    Just finished doing a workout with these included... great way to burn up the lateral part of the bicep!
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    When I was BB I did them and they are awsome!

    I would so a variation workout with them and preacher DBls then a concentration curl variation where I would turn my hand on the way up, ANYWAYS, I had lots of guys at the guy trying these and they will flat swell you up and yes you wil have to lower the weight!

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    Hi my name is Ally

    I think doing a lot of squats & deads for 3-6months gives your body a natural bigger size on your bis & tris. It worked for me.

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    true that

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    "Don't hold your breath, the only people who don't breathe are dead people."

    Hahaha. I'm going to try these tonight, I need to start directly working my biceps again.
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    I tried them last night. They actually felt easier than the strict barbell curls that I usually do.
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    I just tried them too and my arms are dead. Bodybuilders should love them, there is a hell of a pump. I just wish my damn arms would stay 18 1/4" cold
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    Did them today for the first time and they're a lot easier on the elbows that traditional curls. I'm sold.

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    I have used the exercise in the past. It is a good biceps exercise. You have to use less weight than reg bb curls.

    Thanks for reminding me I forgot all about them.

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    that vid so too good! lol
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    they work great with a reverse grip as well.
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    I found a video in my journal from last summer of me doing drag curls. I don't form is spot on. The way I understood it was keeping the bar as close to your body as possible, ie drag it along your body.

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