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    Forearm pain when doing curls

    I get really bad pain in both my forearms when doing barbell curls, its a very similar pain to shin splints but runs all through my forearm.

    I think it's to do with my wrists, as they're quite weak and bend slightly when I do the exercise. What would you guys recommend? Should I do wrist strengthening exercises or work through the pain and hope my wrists grow due to it?
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    Originally Posted by insidiuos View Post
    I get really bad pain in both my forearms when doing barbell curls, its a very similar pain to shin splints but runs all through my forearm.

    I think it's to do with my wrists, as they're quite weak and bend slightly when I do the exercise. What would you guys recommend? Should I do wrist strengthening exercises or work through the pain and hope my wrists grow due to it?


    Without doing a curl, and just simply squeezing the bar hard, does it hurt??? OR only when you raise your arm up. I have a pain in my joint (top of forearm) and there is pain when I squeeze the bar, but doing the curl doesn't really hurt...........weird
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    I used to get the same thing. Don't go too heavy while doing curls and strengthen your forearms. Take a break if you have to and let your forearms heal.
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    Yes, I had it too. I stopped doing normal curls and just did the hammer curls (that didn't hurt), and I strenghten forearms a bit...
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    Originally Posted by insidiuos View Post
    I get really bad pain in both my forearms when doing barbell curls, its a very similar pain to shin splints but runs all through my forearm.

    I think it's to do with my wrists, as they're quite weak and bend slightly when I do the exercise. What would you guys recommend? Should I do wrist strengthening exercises or work through the pain and hope my wrists grow due to it?
    On the outside of the forearm, on the lower side down toward the wrist?
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    i had the same problem in both forearms and in the elbow,and they got to the point where it was painfull to grip and lift a cup of tea.i was doing back/arms.and i would do barcurls,hammers,wrist curls,and concentration curls after the deads ect.and there lies the problem.all you realy need is one good set of any one type.

    i got round it buy not doing any curls for about a month,and taking glucosamine supp everyday.

    now i just do one good curling set per week with my back workout,i just make sure i give it everything.deadlifts put loads of preasure on your arms as do alot of others.so i would say you could be overtraining,hence the pain.

    ive had more growth in my arms the last couple months than the 6 or 7 months before that by just doing less isolation work.and although i still have a bit of pain its not too bad,and getting better as time goes.hope this helps.
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    A lot of these problems come down to individual anatomy of the elbow.

    If you stand up straight and hang your hands by your sides with your thumbs pointed outwards, look at the angle your forearms come away from the side of your body. The greater the angle, the harder it is to do barbell curls because it's impossible to hold the bar securely with both wrists straight.... and curling heavy without straight wrists is a guaranteed path to wrist/forearm pain.

    If your elbows have a large angle it's generally best to ditch the barbell curls all together, and stick to ez-bars, tricep bars, cables and dumbells.
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    it shouldnt be a pain but you should feel your forearms working during curls.

    if your experiencing pain lighten the weight and do some forearm workouts to strengthen them up
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    Originally Posted by Keith Hackney View Post
    stick to ez-bars, tricep bars, cables and dumbells.
    +1...temporarily obviously until your forearms heal. I've been through this before and it sucks. I broke both my arms being a dumbass and untill i started supplementing glucosamine and chrondritin, I thought that my forearms would always hurt.
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    I had this when I originally started. I ended up getting forearm 'shin splints' and had to take a large break.

    Basically - hammer curls and rope curls until you build enough strength on your wrist and forearms to handle what your biceps can!
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    Originally Posted by TKD View Post
    On the outside of the forearm, on the lower side down toward the wrist?
    Yep. For me at least, only on the right arm.

    I remember throwing a huge piece of junk into a f-150 and it counter-rotated my hand due to its massive size as i was throwing it. Prolly have 'arm splints' now, or a separation of the tendons from the bone.
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    I used to have the same problem, however, it was relatively easily solved for me at least.

    On the day I worked out my biceps, I would typically do a warm-up set or two for my biceps, however neglected to do a set or two to specifically get my forearm muscles warmed up.

    I began doing a set or two of reverse curls with light weight to get my forearms warmed up. After that the problem was resolved
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