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    Question Alternatives to barbell curls?

    Barbell curls are killing my left forearm. When I release the bar, its a sharp shooting pain on the outside about midway (pinky side).

    So I need a good alternative. I started with hammer curls adding a twist at the top of the movement. Wasn't sure if there's something better to try.
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    There are many alternatives however you may need to try different ones until you find the one(s) that don't hurt. Try this web site:

    [URL="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/finder/lookup/filter/muscle/id/15/muscle/biceps"]http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/finder/lookup/filter/muscle/id/15/muscle/biceps[/URL]

    Have you tried preacher curls with an EZ-Curl Bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by decu68 View Post
    Have you tried preacher curls with an EZ-Curl Bar?
    Yeah. Unfortunately I get the same pain. It was a cheap-o ez curl bar so I'm not completely ruling those out.

    I'm going to try out dumbbell curls tomorrow to see if I get the same pain.
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    Well the pain shouldn't be there regardless of the lift you choose. Is this pain always there (even when you take a few days to rest it)? If so, I would speak to a doctor. Giving your body a few days rest and still feeling the pain is usually indicative of something being wrong. I am sure your technique is not causing it nor the picked lift so I would assume something might be wrong. Do you have a forearm workout?

    I am a firm believer in working out everything. I workout my forearms, my wrists, my grip, etc... this results in better lifts and better techniques when I do curls and other lifts.

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    The pain is back almost instantly even with time off. It feels like its the tendon. Don't know. I probably should have it looked at.

    I need to revamp my routine altogether (badly). Just haven't had the time to sit and look over it. That said, I don't try to isolate any muscles.

    Routine is here: [url]http://www.jefit.com/routines/workout-routine-database.php?id=2909[/url]

    I have plenty of equipment (full rack, bench, dumbbells, cables, bands, etc). Just need to make the best use of it.
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    I notice that instead of having a lift listed as 3 sets of 8 reps you list it 1 set of 8, then another 1 set of 8 then 2 sets of 8?? Why is this? Also, is there any rest in between the 2 sets of 8? (superset?)

    Here is my routine, if you follow the strength/endurance scheme, I believe it is a good workout. I have noticed hugh increases in my shoulder/trap area as well as my back and tri's (still working for bigger bi's lol) and I also noticed decreased pant size (AbCore is working)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOSTintheSAUCE View Post
    I notice that instead of having a lift listed as 3 sets of 8 reps you list it 1 set of 8, then another 1 set of 8 then 2 sets of 8?? Why is this? Also, is there any rest in between the 2 sets of 8? (superset?)
    First two are warm up. One at 1/4 weight. One at 1/2 weight. Not really easy to note that in the routine (other than description).

    I'll take a look at the routine there. I definitely need to change it up.
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