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    Weight Vs Reps

    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.
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    Originally Posted by old-n-fat View Post
    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.
    Hmmmm.....shooting from the hip here.

    Would it not be more logical to think about strengthening the shoulder area rather than thinking about adding weight to your curls.
    I would first reduce the weight to 25 pounds and see if 3x8 is doable without discomfort and work on the shoulder discomfort problem.

    What is your shoulder routine?

    I don't think trying to add more weight is the prudent thing but people who actually know something may chime in here.

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    Originally Posted by old-n-fat View Post
    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.
    You could also try, Do 5 sets of 10 reps with 25lb using a slow neg. tempo (4 seconds to lower, 2 secs to curl up) resting 60 seconds between sets. If you complete all sets as listed go up to 27lb if possible or if not try 30 lbers. Ideal is to go up every week.

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    I wouldn't move up if your getting the gains you want with 35 pound dumbells unless your goal is moving more weight.
    IF your goal is gain more size and thats whats happening then stick with 35s and give your shoulders some time to heal/adjust before moving up.
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    Originally Posted by old-n-fat View Post
    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.

    A continued effort to lift heavier weight for reps does play into the equation for building larger muscle. Strength first, then mass. Then start the cycle over. Have you tried using a preacher pad/bench? It may help to take your shoulders out of play. And one more thing. You don't have to make 5lb. jumps with the curls. Tape a 1 or 1 1/4 lb. plate to the DB and start there. Use silver tape and remove it when you're done with the DBs.
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    Originally Posted by Wayne Evans View Post
    Hmmmm.....shooting from the hip here.

    Would it not be more logical to think about strengthening the shoulder area rather than thinking about adding weight to your curls.
    I would first reduce the weight to 25 pounds and see if 3x8 is doable without discomfort and work on the shoulder discomfort problem.

    What is your shoulder routine?

    I don't think trying to add more weight is the prudent thing but people who actually know something may chime in here.

    Hope that helps and good luck...


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    Originally Posted by gbg View Post
    if not delt with
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    Originally Posted by gbg View Post
    I agree, If anything is hurting you while you workout your first thought should be why and what do I do to solve the problem.
    If not it will only stop progress, and the original problem, if not delt with will get worse.
    Yep...........
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    Originally Posted by mofitness4u View Post
    You could also try, Do 5 sets of 10 reps with 25lb using a slow neg. tempo (4 seconds to lower, 2 secs to curl up) resting 60 seconds between sets. If you complete all sets as listed go up to 27lb if possible or if not try 30 lbers. Ideal is to go up every week.

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    Originally Posted by old-n-fat View Post
    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.
    My first thought would be that you probably are raising your shoulders somewhat. Try this, intentionally keep your shoulders down and tense your lats while you curl.
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    You can try using partials, but I would say the most important thing is concentrating on your form and not hurting yourself.
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    Originally Posted by Wayne Evans View Post
    Hmmmm.....shooting from the hip here.

    Would it not be more logical to think about strengthening the shoulder area rather than thinking about adding weight to your curls.
    I would first reduce the weight to 25 pounds and see if 3x8 is doable without discomfort and work on the shoulder discomfort problem.

    What is your shoulder routine?

    I don't think trying to add more weight is the prudent thing but people who actually know something may chime in here.

    Hope that helps and good luck...


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    Originally Posted by old-n-fat View Post
    Gimme some of your experiences!

    My specific issue: I do dumbell curls with 35lb dumbells. I have shoulder issues and I just can't seem to move up to 3 sets of 8 reps @ 40lbs. It hurts my shoulders more than my biceps. So, should I struggle through sets and not be able to finish them at 40lbs, or should I just stay at 35lbs where I can get through 3x8? Is there a detriment to not moving up in weight?

    My arms do seem to be getting bigger, I'm just wondering what others do in my situation.
    What kind of shoulder issues? Is this a past injury? Some kind of structural problem? It's only going to get worse unless addessed specifically, as others have said.
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    I think I got the confirmation I needed, but to those who question my shoulder I'll give the background.

    About 12 years ago I played in an Adult Softball league in the town I worked. On one specific play I was behind the plate waiting for a throw from my left fielder and a guy rounding third just absolutely Pete Rose'd me. He was probably 240lbs, I was about 170lbs at the time. He smashed into one shoulder and then landed on top of me with my other shoulder plowing into the dirt. (side note: let that be a lesson; don't do anything stupid to you or others when playing an intramural sport)

    Stubborn me thought it would go away, and I waited about 9 years before I had it looked at. I had an operation on one shoulder, after my doctor told me that the ligament or tendon or whatever that goes from your shoulderblade, up over your shoulder and connects to your bicept was actually just floating in space. There were some bone spurs in there as well, so he cleaned them up. Feels 1,000% better, but still has limitations.

    I don't know what exactly happened to the shoulder I landed on, it doesn't hurt as badly but I can't really raise it up above my head without it hurting. I just know I don't want surgery, because my last one hurt so much I was either on pain meds or crying, and I think I have a pretty high threshold for pain.

    So, when I'm doing the curls I mentioned in the original post, it's really less pain than it is fatigue. They just feel like they're gonna fall off if I lift anything heavier.

    Thanks for all the responses!
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    IMO you need to do higher reps,the strength will come in time.Pyramiding up in weight your reps should look something like this:
    Set One-25 reps
    Set Two-15 reps
    Set Three-12 reps
    Set Four 8-10 reps.
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    I too have a shoulder injury its my left delt. I only do one set per excercise. But my reps are very slow (8-10 secs per rep) with major intensity. Seems to work for my injury. My 2 cents.
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    I too have a shoulder injury its my left delt. I only do one set per excercise. But my reps are very slow (8-10 secs per rep) with major intensity. Seems to work for my injury. My 2 cents.
    i like slow reps too...they sure are a lot more safer...i think they produce better results also.
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    If I was you I would do something like this

    10-12 reps @ 30lb dumbells (warm up set)
    8-10 reps @ 35lb dumbells (1st working set)
    6-8 reps @ 40lb dumbells (2nd working set)

    On your last working set if you only make it to 6 reps, quickly drop the 40 pounders and pump out a few last reps with a lighter weight
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