EZ bar curls

The EZ bar is similar to a barbell, smaller in length, but has slight bends in the bar to allow for a variation in grip. The EZ bar is often preferred over the barbell curl during bicep exercises due to the grip feeling more comfortable and natural, often being able to curl more resistance compared to the barbell curl. The EZ bar would be a wise choice for those with troublesome wrists who do not find the barbell curl comfortable.

The form of the EZ curl should remain strict, with the elbow flexors recruiting to move the weight, with no aid from other muscles or body movement. If the desired repetitions can not be performed without cheating the weight up the resistance should be reduced. The exercise can be performed by advanced training implementing "cheat reps", but this is a method of increasing intensity and should not be used by the average gym goer, or used frequently by the elite.

Performing EZ bar curls

When training for muscular size it is often best to train in a rep range of 6-12 repetitions, although there is often much debate on the optimal rep range. It would be advisable to experiment with different ranges to see which suits you.

  • Load EZ bar with correct weight. Put on safety collars.
  • Grasp bar with an underhand, shoulder width grip, where the bar is curved.
  • Keep torso erect and back straight, with upper arms and elbows stationary at your sides.
  • Just using flexion of the elbow, contract the bicep brachii and other elbow flexors to curl the bar up. Keep elbows stationary throughout exercise.
  • After peak contraction, slowly lower the bar to the start position, maintaining good body posture and stationary elbows.
  • Repeat for desired number of repetitions.

EZ bar curls courtesy of Fitness Uncovered - Bodybuilding & Fitness

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