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    Forearm pain during BB bicep curl

    Pain is only present when doing the exercise itself and maybe 5 seconds after releasing the bar but its on the pinkie finger side of my forearms, typically the lower half. In my program at the moment I am doing this and DB hammer curls which give me no problem at all.

    So, any idea what could be the cause or possible solutions? Some days are better than others where there is next to no pain and its always near the end of my workout so I should be good after the compound lifts beforehand.
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    The movement isn't agreeing with you. I had the same problem. Try EZ curl bar. You hit the same muscles and it is easier on your wrists and elbows. There is nothing magical about BB curls.
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    Im not a doctor and am only speculating from my own past experience.
    Straight bar BB curls are irritating the tendon in your forearm with the supinated position(hand turned outward).
    This happens a lot when you try to go heavy cheating a weight up with the straight bar.
    EZ curl bar or hammer curls as you mentioned don't put as much pressure on those tendons as a straight bar.
    I always say don't do what irritates young causes unnatural pain.
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    Thanks guys. Those are not happening till Friday but will try them out then!
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    How you describe it, sounds like shin splints. Ice it up, it will get better as time goes.
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    Sounds like tennis elbow. I got this from doing heavy barbell curls. It happens when you curl bending your wrist rather than keeping a straight wrist form.
    I train regularly so it never really went away, so I use dumbbells which give me no pain. What else could you do. Though in my opinion barbells are superior for building bicep strength.
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    Let your wrists trail back behind a little bit while you do the movement, wrist curling slightly while doing curls without realising youre doing it can cause issues like this
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    I would also train your forearms more often. Reverse curls, wrist curls etc. Sometimes people who never train forearms and then go heavy on curls experience a lot of pain.
    Also use a weight that you can handle with proper form.
    I saw some dude curling 160 lbs on the preacher bench with a spotter, terrible form, 3 inch rom and getting a lot of help. and every week he complains about forearm pain.
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    Your forearms get plenty of work doing curls and back workouts. I feel wrist curls as one of the most useless exercises out there.
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