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    Preacher Hammer Curls hit forarms or biceps more?

    Im curious, when im doing preacher hammer curls i feel it in both the forearm and a little in the biceps. I used to hear people say hammers are for forearms, but some sites say that they are to hit your bicep a different way. so what is it? and i like them on the preacher with the hammer curl tricep bar

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    They will hit both your biceps and forearms. They will mostly elongate your biceps because of the motion but will also work your forearms a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_man_honda View Post
    They will mostly elongate your biceps because of the motion but will also work your forearms a little.
    i'd love to see a credible article supporting this.


    i find i get a good forearm hit from preachers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_man_honda View Post
    They will mostly elongate your biceps .


    No they won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_man_honda View Post
    They will hit both your biceps and forearms. They will mostly elongate your biceps because of the motion but will also work your forearms a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_man_honda View Post
    They will hit both your biceps and forearms. They will mostly elongate your biceps because of the motion but will also work your forearms a little.
    Yes, they hit all of the elbow flexors.

    No, they do not elongate anything.

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    I get a bicep and pec hit from the movement, and forearms from gripping the DB. I do'em standing tho'.....
    I too would like to see an article that shows the difference in curling with the forearm rotated 0 and 90.

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    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...ammerCurl.html

    I don't see pecs mentioned. What kinda hammer curls hit the pecs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150 View Post
    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...ammerCurl.html

    I don't see pecs mentioned. What kinda hammer curls hit the pecs?
    The kind that the 130 wonders do in my gym every damn day. You know....wind back like you're about to throw a pin shattering strike and then lift it in front of your face.
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    I raise the DB with my arm about 45 in front of me instead of straight up like shown in that video. I may be all wrong, but I swear feel it in my pecs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDS View Post
    I raise the DB with my arm about 45 in front of me instead of straight up like shown in that video. I may be all wrong, but I swear feel it in my pecs.
    I don't understand your reason in doing this because your cheating your biceps. plus, with the 45 angle you'd be feeling it in your shoulder, not your pec

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    um ... so is it the forearms or the biceps? that hammers hit

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    Quote Originally Posted by markfromaurora View Post
    um ... so is it the forearms or the biceps? that hammers hit
    it hits both, all curls do.
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    I think preacher curls are garbage. There is only resistance in the bottom of the movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vapour Trails View Post
    I think preacher curls are garbage. There is only resistance in the bottom of the movement.
    Then you are doing them wrong.
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    drop sets on preacher hit the biceps pretty hard.........kind of off topic but just my 2 cents.
    I used to work hammer curls into my routine but dont anymore. I felt like i was wasting time. I have now switched to single arm cable bicep curls. Tension through the entire ROM.

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    ^^^ I think curls in general are garbage

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    I thought curls worked back?
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    TO bring the convo back into ficus.(heh)


    The Op was talking about PREACHER HAMMER CURLS
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    preacher hammer curls? lol
    for forearms try static holds and deadlifts
    Its funny when you see people doing every typs of curl there all the same movement lol
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    they hit the forearm more for me. I just did them. I do them right after standing bar curls.

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    I believe they hit forearms and biceps the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Jones View Post
    I believe they hit forearms and biceps the most.
    as opposed to what?

    To reiterate what some have said, hammer curls are different because the brachialis muscle (http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/Brachialis.html) as ewll as other elbow flexors is emphasized. Preacher curls help isolate the movement and apply resistance throughout the entire ROM (if done right).

    Do the math and put those two together.
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    For me the preacher curl hits the brachialis muscle which is neither the bicep or the forearm if I understand the anatomy correctly.
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    I do 3x8 one day a week as an accessory lift when i do Quad day (BGB routine), they give me much more of a forearm workout than bicep, although I undoubtedly feel it in the bicep as well.

    All in all not a fan of bicep curls, but i like BFB, so i'm following it strictly until the end of summer when i switch to a PL routine.
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