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    Dumbbell Curl or Dumbbell Hammer Curl - and why

    or both?

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    I would personally only do the Hammer curl.
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    I do ~3 sets every 4 workouts and they are usually hammers, sometimes straight bar curls. I prefer hammers because they work my grip too.

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    With hammer curls you should be able to curl more weight then other variations.

    I usually do hammer curls, but very rarely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddegroff
    With hammer curls you should be able to curl more weight.
    I have a different experience. I hammer curl 5lbs less as opposed to other DB curl variations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicForce
    I have a different experience. I hammer curl 5lbs less as opposed to other DB curl variations.
    I used the word "should" be able to, of course this doesn't apply to everyone.
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    Going along the lines here, which is better between DB and BB curls?

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    I'll usually do a couple of both.
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    both, neither, alternating each week. It doesn't matter that much.
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    I superset them. Heavier on the hammers.

    Hammers create a fuller arm, curls concentrate the bicep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Bravo
    I superset them. Heavier on the hammers.

    Hammers create a fuller arm, curls concentrate the bicep.
    Absolutely wrong. Don't give out advice with something like that and sound so sure of yourself. A curl is a curl. The main difference is the hammer curl stimulates more of the brachialis and one of the best, if not the best exercise to build that muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    Absolutely wrong. Don't give out advice with something like that and sound so sure of yourself. A curl is a curl. The main difference is the hammer curl stimulates more of the brachialis and one of the best, if not the best exercise to build that muscle.
    How is what he said absolutely wrong? He said hammers create a fuller arm, which you dont know what exactly he meant by that... it could mean a bigger forearm which would be a "fuller arm" and you supported that through your post. Sounds like you are mixed up too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoser813
    How is what he said absolutely wrong? He said hammers create a fuller arm, which you dont know what exactly he meant by that... it could mean a bigger forearm which would be a "fuller arm" and you supported that through your post. Sounds like you are mixed up too.
    He said a fuller arm. When people say that, they usually mean thickness of the arm. Then he states curls concentrate on the bicep. Yes, that is wrong. If he didn't mean this and meant "bigger forearm", I'm sure he would have said that, but he didn't. Lol, don't bother defending someone when you don't even know what they meant by what they said.
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    Pinwheel curls... work your bis and your forearms.
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    I thought that hammer curls worked mainly your tricep, and regular curls work your bicep. Maybe I'm wrong though. I don't do hammer curls though, so I wouldn't really be an expert on them.
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    I thought that hammer curls worked mainly your tricep, and regular curls work your bicep. Maybe I'm wrong though. I don't do hammer curls though, so I wouldn't really be an expert on them
    Nope hammer curls work your bicep.
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    Oh. All I knew is that it helped you choke people out. I did them like a year ago, but couldn't remember.
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    What exactly is the difference between the muscles they work?

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    brachialis

    I've read hammers are good mainly for brachialis development, but I dono just throwin that out there. Just remember, dumbell curls get lots of girls and big arms mean big checks haha jk I remember hogan sayin something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CancerVII
    What exactly is the difference between the muscles they work?
    These links lists the muscle groups each exercise works.
    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...ammerCurl.html
    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/BBCurl.html
    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/DBCurl.html

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    im on WBB1 so i do barbell curls and hammer curls every friday.
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    Alternating dumbells curls are a staple in my workout; as are barbell curls. I always work both into my bicep workouts. Hammer curls a great exercise as well and I always do them everyother workout.
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    the difference is supination, and depending on your views on supination alternate curls could be better. The only difference I have noticed is that hammer curls hit your forearms harder. I did a hammer-curl exclusive program once and did not notice a significant increase in my brachialis. Everyone is different tho, so I didn't establish anything except piece of mind for myself.

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