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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    Why I don't alternate on curls

    We all see guys alternating their curls in magazines, websites, you name it... I just hate it though.

    Why? It seems as though in the few seconds that I am curling arm 1, arm 2 is getting a few seconds to rest. I don't feel much burn in alternating, which is I guess a result of this short rest.

    Am I the only guy who lifts both arms simultaneously on DB curls?

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    it's good to switch it up. if you're not getting the burn either do more reps or more weight.

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    I prefer 2 handed on the incline curl.
    Stats at 1st March - 7th June

    Weight: 171 - 163
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    Status: Bulking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mission
    Am I the only guy who lifts both arms simultaneously on DB curls?
    I do 2 hand simultaneous DB curls also

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    sometimes i mix it up and two DB simult. curls but not that often. you can concentrate more when doing one arm at a time, so i've seen really good gains from doing alternating DB curls. and when something is working, why knock it?

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    Whenever I used to do dumbbell curls I only did them simultaneously. To me, it was a lot harder to do. It actually was just like a barbell curl only both arms were getting equal work done (i.e. right arm wasn't trying harder). Now that both arms are the same size and strength, I do barbell curls.

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    I believe the reasoning for alternating the DB curls is to change up the flow. By alternating, you can for sure do more weight per arm, and you can give each arm full focus and concentration. Because of the little 1-2 second break, the muscle will be able to pump out a few more reps, or put out a little more power.

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    you don't have to pause when doing alternating dumbbell curls...while you bring one down bring the other one up

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    Why not do 3 sets of barbell curls and then three sets of alternating dumbbell curls ?
    thats what i do

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    If I didn't pause, how would I get my 1 second hold at the top of my lift? How would I really focus on the eccentric contraction per arm if i was too busy always focusing on the concentric of one arm while the other was releasing?

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    i am not a fan of alternating curls for that reason. i prefer to have both arms moving at once so i prefer barbell curls.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    I like to start off with BB curls, then move to seated alternating DB curls. I do this with my palms in (like a hammer), then rotate to palms facing me (pronataion?). Seems to work great so far....I'm sure I'll hit a brick wall soon though

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    I prefer DB curls to BB, because with DBs you get a more free range of motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mission
    I don't feel much burn in alternating, which is I guess a result of this short rest.
    Quote Originally Posted by wrestlemaniac
    it's good to switch it up. if you're not getting the burn either do more reps or more weight.
    The "burn" has absolutely nothing to do with hypertrophy.

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    DB curls I do simutaneously for trouble shooting reasons and to observe form at least twice a month. Its useful to see if maybe one arm is lacking at a certain part of the rep or anything like that. You will likely only notice these differences under the heavier weights however.

    Also, I notice some people who practice MA and/or boxing have this issue, as they may have a blocking/punching arm (no jokes please. )with which they have more coordination. -Just an observation.
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    when you db curl at once you burn out your energy resource twice as fast hence you lose reps. the best way to do it in my opinion is one db at a time. it was tested to have the best eam. i read about it on muscular dev. you could probably do a search for it online though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vido
    The "burn" has absolutely nothing to do with hypertrophy.
    He asked about burn I told him how to get it

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    I prefer alternating db. This is because when I used to do them at the same time, it would make me move my back more. And when I alternate curls, I stabilize my back more and therefore my biceps are more concentrated on.

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