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    Bicep Curls - Dumbell vs Barbell

    > Barbell Bicep Curls
    > Alternating Dumbell Bicep Curls

    So i imagine these two methods of bicep curls use exactly the same muscles (maybe dumbells are slightly more effective on the shoulders?). So which one do you think works your biceps the best?
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    I do chins and I do rows, but I still get in a few sets of curls every week.

    My feeling is you should never use a barbell where dumbbells will work.

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    I agree with the above comments. You will probably grow bigger arms with more compound moves rather than isolated. Chin ups have become a huge part of my workouts.
    But if you still like the Bb or Db methods they are pretty similar but Db's rule out cheating with the more dominant arm. I still do some preacher curls with Db's.
    Im not trying to say Db's or Bb's are bad but try some chin ups and see what happens over a few weeks.
    I personally gained 1/2" in my bi's in a month after starting to do chin ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    My feeling is you should never use a barbell where dumbbells will work.
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    More stabilizers get worked with dumbbells, plus it's isolateral.

    You can't ALWAYS use dumbbells. I don't relish the thought of squatting 100 lb dumbbells, and there are times when it's nice to have more stability so you can concentrate more on the target muscle.

    But if I have the choice between a dumbbell and a barbell movement, curls is a prime example, well, I'll use the dumbbell every time.

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    Hmm thanks for the help all, looks like Dumbell is the curl winner!

    (lol ironically thats a Barbell and not a Bicep Curl, but im no smily artist okay! ) If i were to switch to chinups, should i do the same amount as i would dumbell (except not per arm, of course):-

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    i do barbell and dumbell both on my arms day, i like both of them
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    I never touch a barbell *anymore* as far as a bench is concenrned. But for curls I crank away on my biceps with the bar. For be out of any bicep excercise I feel that BB works them best. Of course it takes concentration and disipline not to swing or use forearm muscle. Get the form down they waste you . *at least for me, not everyone is the same*.

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    I prefer the BB for curls. I find grip an issue with dumbells because my palms get sweaty and my hand slides right against the top plate. The solution may be chalk or gloves, but I can't use chalk (gym rules) and I don't like gloves.
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    I use both, like them both.

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    i do both but i feel them more on the e-z curl bar because i cant cheat as much lol.

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    I use seated alternating DB hammer curls. I love hammer curls.

    BTW I only do 2 sets of hammer curls per week and I do it at the end of my back workout and in a slightly higher repetition range.
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    Dumbells!!

    Always use dumbells.

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    I hate barbell curls.. they really hurt my elbows and wrists. An EZ curl bar is fine though.

    Dumbell curls are fine and I can actually curl MORE with a dumbell (without cheating)

    Cable curls are probably the best though since they offer full resistance for the whole range of motion. I finish off day 5 of WBB1 with a set of cable curls to really finish my arms off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyT
    If i were to switch to chinups, should i do the same amount as i would dumbell (except not per arm, of course):-

    twice a week (mondays, thursdays) : 5 sets, 8 reps each time
    Not sure what you mean here: as many chinups as you would do a bicep curl? ...5 sets of 8 of chins is pretty tough for a lot of people. Chins are primarily a back exercise, but they do hit your bi's pretty hard.

    Chins should be in your workout anyway. It's a great compound movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidelmo
    I hate barbell curls.. they really hurt my elbows and wrists. An EZ curl bar is fine though.

    Dumbell curls are fine and I can actually curl MORE with a dumbell (without cheating)

    Cable curls are probably the best though since they offer full resistance for the whole range of motion. I finish off day 5 of WBB1 with a set of cable curls to really finish my arms off.

    yeah sometimes barbell curls murder my wrists but other times its fine. i have to say i dont like cable curls at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I use seated alternating DB hammer curls. I love hammer curls.

    BTW I only do 2 sets of hammer curls per week and I do it at the end of my back workout and in a slightly higher repetition range.

    yeah me too, i do 'em standing though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natetaco
    yeah sometimes barbell curls murder my wrists but other times its fine. i have to say i dont like cable curls at all.
    hehe, cos they're so goddamm difficult?

    I usually have to reduce the weight a fair bit to get a reasonable set of cable curls.

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    yeah i dunno about the cable curls. are you talking about high cables or low? i try the low ones and they honestly dont feel like they hit the bis as well as BB or DB... i dunno maybe its just me
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    I feel that both are beneficial, so I do both.

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    I feel the muscle is extremely small and gets blasted with chins/rows anyways, so it really doesn't matter if you use cables or dumbells or barbell.

    I do DB Alternating or EZ-Bar when I curl, which isn't often.
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