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DrFist

Hey guys,

I decided to ask this question to this community as I know how knowledgeable the members here are.

I've noticed that after intense sessions of doing bicep curls using a straight barbell my wrists are sore.

I only have a small set of equipment at my home and I only have access to straight barbells.

Would buying an EZ barbell help me or does the EZ barbell just work different muscles than just the biceps like the straight barbell?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Yes, it works the muscles differently... a touch less biceps and more bracialis. But what's the sense of more barbell work if it creates a problem and makes it worse? At least with an EZ curl (presuming it will help you) you can alternate your workouts between the two.

Also try gripping the bar thumbless (monkey grip)... adjust wide or narrower grip. Also look up Drag Curls on a google search. You need to work around your problem.
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HeavyHitter32

DrFist wrote:
Hey guys,

I decided to ask this question to this community as I know how knowledgeable the members here are.

I've noticed that after intense sessions of doing bicep curls using a straight barbell my wrists are sore.

I only have a small set of equipment at my home and I only have access to straight barbells.

Would buying an EZ barbell help me or does the EZ barbell just work different muscles than just the biceps like the straight barbell?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!


EZ Curl will help (helps with elbows too) but give them some rest first. Be mindful on your other exercises too (like straight bar pushdowns if you do them, etc.).
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Ray200

I used to have excruciating wrist pain. Even an empty Olympic bar was impossible to curl. The cause was actually Chins with a supinated grip. Once I stopped these the wrist pain died down and has now disappeared.
But, yes, go for an EZ Curl bar. You won't regret it. My preference for curls is using the triceps bar. More brachialis but, in the grand scheme of things, negligible difference to standard curls, and I found it to be the most natural (for me) curling movement.
Last point, many people with wrist pain have reported an easing of the discomfort when using thick bars for curls. No idea if this is true but it's worth exploring.

Good luck,
Ray
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

You can buy Fat Grips (they are rubber grips that fit over a regular bar... but makes your bar 2 inch diameter... other models are up to 3 inches).
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Turpin

Ive had 2 wrist surgeries and many injections to the affected area (triangular cartilage and non lifting related ) and to date my wrists still bother me (at least until warmed to the exercise ).
I now use a FAT bar for drag curls and alternate between reverse drag curl and conventional drag curl and my issues are minimal. Often wrist problems and those of the forearm / brachial can manifest from shoulder issues , so a nobility programme may be beneficial.

T.
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g0ld3nuncw

North Carolina, USA

Good suggestion Brian. I use the Fat Grips on dips, close grip bench press and Pressdowns along with curls. Helps not only with wrist problems but also elbow pain.
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DrFist

Your replies are definitely appreciated!

I also have two dumbbells I could use on an angle... How is the EZ bar better than me using two dumbbells?

Thanks guys!
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Ray200

DrFist wrote:
Your replies are definitely appreciated!

I also have two dumbbells I could use on an angle... How is the EZ bar better than me using two dumbbells?

Thanks guys!


Not much difference, really. Don't think that one exercise will miraculously affect your biceps mass in a different manner to the other. We're dealing with minutiae here.
I know I bang on about using Olympic rings for Chins but using these cured my wrist pain. If you're using a supinated grip, bear that in mind. Could this be the cause of your discomfort?
If not, you could also try Hammer Curls with the dumbbells for a period until you feel the pain lessening. Fatgripz, I don't think, will alleviate all "suffering", but once you're clear of it I'd recommend trying them for good. All my pushing and curling exercise are now done with them.

Best,
Ray
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DrFist

Hey guys,

Thanks so much for the advice!

I had some important life issues I had to deal with so I had to put off buying the EZ barbell, but I want to buy one as soon as possible.

I was about to buy an EZ barbells today, but there were so many different EZ barbells that I didn't know which one to buy...

Each EZ barbell is slightly different as they have a different angle where the hands are supposed to be placed. How much does this matter in stimulating the biceps?

Thanks!
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Equity

DrFist wrote:
Hey guys,

I decided to ask this question to this community as I know how knowledgeable the members here are.

I've noticed that after intense sessions of doing bicep curls using a straight barbell my wrists are sore.

I only have a small set of equipment at my home and I only have access to straight barbells.

Would buying an EZ barbell help me or does the EZ barbell just work different muscles than just the biceps like the straight barbell?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!



I have the reverse problem. I can't perform reverse curls with a straight bar. It causes irritation in my elbows.

I Suggest you experiment with different dumbbell angles to target the biceps. See what's comfortable.

There was a a short stocky pro BB I seen in a popular magazine who couldn't fully supinate his biceps and he had massive arms.

Remember that a barbell or a Nautilus machine are man made inventions and stick you in a certain movement groove. Dumbbells circumvent this and you can customise your curls to fit your structure.

Regards.
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