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    Weird Barbell curl fatigue

    I started using the barbell to curl as opposed to dumbbells which I have primarily used since I started lifting for the most part.

    I started with 70lbs, did 8 reps and had a nice struggle. I dropped down to 60 because I know I couldn’t do another set judging by the previous set. I failed at rep 7. Then dropped another 10 lbs and banged out a solid 8 reps that were hard af.

    Just wondering if it’s a concern that I need to drop the weight like that?
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    Originally Posted by michaelv92 View Post
    I started using the barbell to curl as opposed to dumbbells which I have primarily used since I started lifting for the most part.

    I started with 70lbs, did 8 reps and had a nice struggle. I dropped down to 60 because I know I couldn’t do another set judging by the previous set. I failed at rep 7. Then dropped another 10 lbs and banged out a solid 8 reps that were hard af.

    Just wondering if it’s a concern that I need to drop the weight like that?
    No, it’s a different movement entirely. I find barbell curls to not agree with my wrist. I prefer dumbbell and ez bar curls.
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    Originally Posted by michaelv92 View Post
    I started using the barbell to curl as opposed to dumbbells which I have primarily used since I started lifting for the most part.

    I started with 70lbs, did 8 reps and had a nice struggle. I dropped down to 60 because I know I couldn’t do another set judging by the previous set. I failed at rep 7. Then dropped another 10 lbs and banged out a solid 8 reps that were hard af.

    Just wondering if it’s a concern that I need to drop the weight like that?
    Stamina is a separate issue, you can play around with various loading patterns.
    Doesn't sound like a problem.
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    I mean I use curls to isolate, and I never felt like using a bar allows for that. To me, single handed tools like dumbbells, kettles, and certain cable attachments are more efficient with isolation exercises. I like to save the bars for my heavier compounds instead. Unless it's a compound that's made more efficient or safer on the body by using dumbbells, of course.
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    In my experience it's easier to cheat with dumbbells and end up using the chest and shoulders additionally. Training with the barbell also shores up the strength gap of your weaker arm, which dumbbell curls pose a risk to accentuate. IMO it's a more difficult and profitable exercise.
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