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    Does anyone find with a straight bar that when you do Barbell Curls. Severe pain shoots up in your forearms ? thats why i got a EZ Curl Bar awhile ago. Because it takes the strain off my forearms when i do Barbell Curls, but i was just wondering does anyone else have this problem ?

    Because when i do Barbell Curls with a straight bar im out of action for atleast 2/3 days, because the pain in my forearms is quite bad. So thats why i tend to just use the EZ Curl bar a majority of the time.
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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    I hate curls with an EZ curl bar because i cant feel it in my biceps at all. I only use my EZ curl bar for overhead tricep extensions.

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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    I preffer dumbells for bicep exercises, less restrictive on your wrists (probably why your forearms are hurting) and you work both sides of the body equally because one side of the body isn't able to over compensate for the other.

    Might be worth using the EZ bar for some tricep exercises as they are more isolated and can put a lot of strain on the joints.

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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    If you're training for boxing, developing the biceps solely isn't all that beneficial.

    Ice - Try some Hammer Curls with dumbells. Also some Wrist rollers for developing the forearm could alleviate your problem.


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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    yeah, I'll sometimes do a few sets of curls after training my back but generally any sort of compound exercises such as pull ups, upright rows etc is going to be hitting your biceps. a set of curls can be a nice little finisher but shouldn't be the mainstay of your routine

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    Thanks for the advice guys i do tend to do alot of Chin-Ups, i find that helps do wonders for my biceps. The only problem is you can't add any weight, only with that belt thing but i don't intend on getting that.

    I'll try doing some more Hammer Curls and doing more Dumbell work, i used to do Dumbells alot but then i changed it and started doing mostly Barbell work.

    And as for the EZ-Bar regarding triceps i do tend to do lying Skull Crushers, with an EZ-Bar i find that helps alot. And lastly Donny im not going to be having a fight for quite awhile.

    Because i got some added responsibilities soon as you know, so i'll mostly be at home from now on. I won't get to go to the gym alot only for a quick sparring session here and there.

    So over the winter while im at home i plan on packing on a few pounds of muscle. And i do try and work my whole body with compund exercises like Squats, Deadlifts, ETC.

    But regarding the Biceps im having a few problems, i've seen some good results. But not quite what i would like, and i think its mainly my bicep routine.

    Because i think most of the gains did come from my Chin-Up routine, but now i've gotten used to the weight i've hit a bit of a snag, and the Barbell curls i don't feel like im getting the results, because you often use your body to lift it up.

    So i will try and do more Dumbells from now on, but will i see the results regarding the Biceps or will it just make my arms more toned ? because i've always thought the less weight with more reps equals being toned with obvious cardio work.

    And more weight less reps while eating more and doing less cardio, equals bulk ? i am in pretty good shape from the boxing so im pretty toned, but i would like to add a bit of bulk/muscle. So i was just wondering thanks.
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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    Try using less weight and better form on your barbell curls and all biceps exercises. You really have to concentrate on form and feeling it in the muscle to get good results.

    To add weight to your pull ups try puting a dumbell between your calves or thighs. works great and you dont need to buy a belt.

    Another good exercise for biceps is incline curls.

    Heres a couple things that might help you as you try to add mass.

    Feel like posting your self-made-and-likely-inefficient split? Maybe Read this first - WorldFitness Training Forum

    T-Nation.com | Bulking Tips for Newbies

    Wrist Strength Exercises - GripFAQ.com

    Good luck.
    Last edited by wesrman; 01-08-2009 at 03:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesrman View Post
    Try using less weight and better form on your barbell curls and all biceps exercises. You really have to concentrate on form and feeling it in the muscle to get good results.

    To add weight to your pull ups try puting a dumbell between your calves or thighs. works great and you dont need to buy a belt.

    Another good exercise for biceps is incline curls.

    Heres a couple things that might help you as you try to add mass.

    Feel like posting your self-made-and-likely-inefficient split? Maybe Read this first - WorldFitness Training Forum

    T-Nation.com | Bulking Tips for Newbies

    Wrist Strength Exercises - GripFAQ.com

    Good luck.
    Cheers bro appreciate it you seem to know alot about body-building, so i was wondering my goal is too put on between 8 or 10 pounds of muscle, by the summer is that realistically possible ?

    I did put on quite a bit muscle when i started weight training at 17, but ever since i was about almost 19 and im 19 now by the way, i was 19 on September 30th, i haven't seen much results. Granted i was doing alot of boxing training then, training for fights.

    But i still had no trouble putting on muscle before even when i was doing boxing training. So i was just wondering if the goal above is possible ?

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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    Ya its possible, but it depends on how much fat you are willing to add and a few other factors (genetics, other activities etc). Im guessing you want to add 10 pounds of mostly muscle so thats harder than just 10 lbs of weight.

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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    i had something like forearm splinted(abt 10 yrs ago), when i was curling the bar it was like a ton of pressure pushing on my forearms, then when i put the weight down and released the bar shooting pains went thru my forearms. very painfull much like splinted shins when i used to play football(soccer).

    it just disappeared over time. but the other 2 guys i trained with also developed this a few mths later

    still to this day dont know why?


    strange

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drago View Post
    i had something like forearm splinted(abt 10 yrs ago), when i was curling the bar it was like a ton of pressure pushing on my forearms, then when i put the weight down and released the bar shooting pains went thru my forearms. very painfull much like splinted shins when i used to play football(soccer).

    it just disappeared over time. but the other 2 guys i trained with also developed this a few mths later

    still to this day dont know why?


    strange
    does this sound familiar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drago View Post
    i had something like forearm splinted(abt 10 yrs ago), when i was curling the bar it was like a ton of pressure pushing on my forearms, then when i put the weight down and released the bar shooting pains went thru my forearms. very painfull much like splinted shins when i used to play football(soccer).

    it just disappeared over time. but the other 2 guys i trained with also developed this a few mths later

    still to this day dont know why?


    strange
    It sounds similar to what i get i don't know why but it is very painful everytime i do it. And normally my body helps curl it up even when i try not to, i do put my back against a wall to help it but still my Biceps aren't doing all the work. Thats why i like the EZ-Bar much better, because it stops the pain and its a much more comfortable position, you should check it out.
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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nonito Donaire View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Drago View Post
    i had something like forearm splinted(abt 10 yrs ago), when i was curling the bar it was like a ton of pressure pushing on my forearms, then when i put the weight down and released the bar shooting pains went thru my forearms. very painfull much like splinted shins when i used to play football(soccer).

    it just disappeared over time. but the other 2 guys i trained with also developed this a few mths later

    still to this day dont know why?


    strange
    It sounds similar to what i get i don't know why but it is very painful everytime i do it. And normally my body helps curl it up even when i try not to, i do put my back against a wall to help it but still my Biceps aren't doing all the work. Thats why i like the EZ-Bar much better, because it stops the pain and its a much more comfortable position, you should check it out.

    Do you think if you are using other muscles in your body to haul it up the first thing you might want to do is cut the weight down until you are no longer doing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nonito Donaire View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Drago View Post
    i had something like forearm splinted(abt 10 yrs ago), when i was curling the bar it was like a ton of pressure pushing on my forearms, then when i put the weight down and released the bar shooting pains went thru my forearms. very painfull much like splinted shins when i used to play football(soccer).

    it just disappeared over time. but the other 2 guys i trained with also developed this a few mths later

    still to this day dont know why?


    strange
    It sounds similar to what i get i don't know why but it is very painful everytime i do it. And normally my body helps curl it up even when i try not to, i do put my back against a wall to help it but still my Biceps aren't doing all the work. Thats why i like the EZ-Bar much better, because it stops the pain and its a much more comfortable position, you should check it out.

    Do you think if you are using other muscles in your body to haul it up the first thing you might want to do is cut the weight down until you are no longer doing that?
    Well i used to be able to fight through the pain and get used to the weight, then move up but i hit a bit of a snag. Im gonna go with Donny/Chris advice and do some more Dumbell work from now on.

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    Default Re: Question About Barbell Curls.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nonito Donaire View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nonito Donaire View Post

    It sounds similar to what i get i don't know why but it is very painful everytime i do it. And normally my body helps curl it up even when i try not to, i do put my back against a wall to help it but still my Biceps aren't doing all the work. Thats why i like the EZ-Bar much better, because it stops the pain and its a much more comfortable position, you should check it out.

    Do you think if you are using other muscles in your body to haul it up the first thing you might want to do is cut the weight down until you are no longer doing that?
    Well i used to be able to fight through the pain and get used to the weight, then move up but i hit a bit of a snag. Im gonna go with Donny/Chris advice and do some more Dumbell work from now on.
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