Forearms hurting during curls?

  • ajw18

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    Apr 18, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    I don't get it! Whenever I do bicep curls while standing, my forearms begin to get really strained and then I have to end my set early. This is true for both barbells and dumbbells. I don't have as much of a problem while sitting on an inclined bench.

    What gives?
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
    What do you mean by ;really strained?'
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    I often have the same problem. I've had problems with tendonitis for years and, upon asking my doctor, he said many people who lift weights will experience some form of tendonitis/carpal tunnel/tendonosis (repetitive motions, overuse, etc.)...having the pre-existing condition hasn't made my workouts easy (not like they're supposed to be...but you get what I'm saying).

    Using some joint cream (theragesic, icy hot) is a great way to sooth symptoms. If pain still persists, take 1 or 2 NSAIDs. Of course, resting the afflicted area is the best way to for it to heal. You can always talk to a trainer at your gym for help on bicep exercises that you can substitute when the inflammation occurs. Good luck!
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:10 AM GMT
    Forearm pain occurs with flexion exercises of the biceps. I get the pain when doing chin ups (palms facing toward exerciser) and not when doing pull ups (palms facing away from the exerciser). If you Google forearm pain in weightlifting you'll find that many people have this problem. The pain is caused either by tendinitis or forearm splints (similar to shin splints).
    If you go on line to check it out, you will find a hundred opinions. You just have to weed through what is crap and what is useful. The causes range from overtraining, overuse syndrome to imbalance between the forearm muscles and the biceps (the biceps are stronger than the forearm muscles). Recommendations include:
    see a medical professional like a physician or physical therapist
    check with a trainer
    rest until the pain resolves
    use ice after working out
    use Motrin for pain
    some guys say an EZ curl bar makes the problem worse by shifting the force away from the biceps to the forearm muscles
    some say that dumbbell curls cause less problems than barbell curls
    stretch the forearm muscles
    Hammer curls tend not to hurt and can be substituted until the forearm inflammation cools down...this works well for me
    strengthen the forearm muscles by doing farmer's walk, lever lifts, reverse curls ect

    Good luck
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    Apr 18, 2009 11:22 AM GMT
    My wrists and forearms really bothered me when using straight bars for curls. Once I started using an EZ curl bar.....WOW, much better. Night and day. Took about a month for the pain to leave completely. Try it. I think everyone is different. What works for me, may not work for you. Good luck.
  • ajw18

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    Apr 18, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    thanks guys!
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    May 01, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    Guy. The forearms are involved in a great many chest and back exercises. Don't sweat it. They will progress naturally as you grow with your weights.

    If you want to target them, then forearm curls or cable push downs will add definition. But just let them grow along with the rest of your body.