Difference between ez-bar and straight bar curls?

  • Myles_

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    Mar 26, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    Whats the difference? Is it just a preference?
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    Mar 26, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    No, the angle you choose will change whether you are hitting your wrists, forearms or biceps more. Obviously, be careful with the weight when trying a new angle. Also good for weighted lunges etc.
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    Mar 27, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    EZ curl bar also helps relieve pressure on the wrists, which maybe a difficulty with the str8 bar.
  • Trauts

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    Mar 27, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    I can't do any bicep curls using a straight bar. It just hurts my forearms and wrists too badly. The angle of the ez bar makes it just right icon_smile.gif
  • Myles_

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    Mar 27, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
    So I do three sets of ez and three sets of str8. Would six sets of ez be okay?
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    Mar 27, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    an ez bar also places the emphasis on different smaller muscles within an exercise. if you are doing curls with a normal bar, there's less work for your lower bicep (soz, dont know the term for that), up until, if you do hammers, you even work your lower arms
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    Mar 27, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
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    Using a bar limits range of motion, but, like a compound bar movements, allows you to work both arms at the same time.

    Seated incline curls, and standing hammer curls, will work the muscle through a full range a motion, which will reduce your chances of injury; developer a longer, and fuller muscle, and maintain proper flexibility. You should work on your rotation, separately, rather than doing 1/2 or 1/4 reps for just biceps. You should include rotation in your forearm routine to preserve the range of motion / supination / pronation of your arms. With very light weights, your can work on your your rotation doing standing hammer curls. Seated incline curls will allow you to work your arm through the complete range of motion with regard to concentric movement of your biceps towards your proximal side / anterior side (that is, taking your wrist towards your shoulder, without rotation, going from full extended to nearly fully contracted). You won't be able to use heavy weights if you have proper form. That's fine.

    http://quizlet.com/1942274/muscles-of-the-shoulder-and-arm-flash-cards/

    You should feel free to research this on your own. I've tried to get you off to a start here.

    Note that the flash cards describe the anatomy of your arms and shoulders, and the various muscle actions. You can infer exercise movements from the anatomy charts, with the most important thing being stretch, full range of motion, and proper agonist / antagonist development.

    Some folks find the "E-Z" bar more comfortable, but, any bar that impedes your range of motion is not the most productive way to work a part. You'll want to include some movements to work on your rotation, being sure to use caution not to injure yourself.

    I use weights as small as 5's and have nearly 20 inch arms at 5'5". It's important you understand sarcoplasmic vs muscular hypertrophy and the proper training method for the objective.

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    Generally speaking, because of the way the bar (either one) binds motion, you are better off doing dumbbells. Many folks that study this say that EZ bars should be taken out of gyms.
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    Mar 28, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    chuckystud... while you always have great advice... I mean great.. but seriously,, posting your pic is just showing off.. how arrogant of you icon_wink.gif j/k

    seriously, thanks for the advice