I heard someone say that for curls you shouldn't grip the bar really tightly. I never thought about, but I guess I do grip it quite firmly. Yesterday I tried doing them with a very loose grip, I had to use less weight but it felt like I was isolating my biceps more and they are pretty sore today.
Does anyone else train biceps with a very loose grip? Does the better isolation make up for the smaller wieght?
Thread: Loose grip for barbell curls?
06-11-2005, 06:18 PM #1
Loose grip for barbell curls?
06-11-2005, 06:27 PM #2Originally Posted by PumpAddict
The main thing to watch out for with curls is to keep the wrists straight and not do the old curl of the wrists at the beginning to make it easier. It's probably okay at the end of the ROM to do a slight curl to give the biceps a good squeeze if that helps but not as a way to take any stress off the biceps.
Almost every second guy I see at the gym curling interprets the "curl" with a DB or BB as a wrist curl first and then a bicep "curl" second. I was probably doing it when I started out but I quickly learned keeping the wrists straight is the key.
06-11-2005, 06:29 PM #3
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06-11-2005, 07:38 PM #5Originally Posted by $AJ
But if grip/forearm strength is an issue for a guy, for sure, target it during every exercise to improve it, that's probably excellent advice. But once it's really strong, why hold on to that bar for dear life if it's only a fraction of the load your wrists/forearms are expected to handle in the heavy compounds?
06-11-2005, 10:19 PM #6
You should hold on as tight as possible for the same reason you should tightly grip the bar during bench press - it recruits the most muscle, and allows for the most control. I don't know about you, but i would rather do the most weight possible on every exercise, and as long as my form remains good, im going to use every trick possible!If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything
06-11-2005, 10:54 PM #7
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