Are you sick and tired of your weak-looking arms? Frustrated by your lack of strength?
Building up your biceps takes a lot of dedication and for those who are new to the world of weightlifting and bodybuilding, injuries could come at a dime a dozen. This could be due to the fact that you are either taking in more than you can handle, you are using the wrong equipment, or you are using the right equipment the wrong way.
It cannot be denied that biceps curls are the best way to building arms that are just as strong as they look. But are you going to go for the straight barbell or the EZ curl bar? For that matter, what is an EZ curl bar anyway? Does its weird shape have an effect on the weight and how much does an EZ curl bar typically weigh?
The first thing you might notice with an EZ curl bar is the shape of the bar itself—compared to the straight barbell, it is bent to slightly resemble a W.
These bars were designed by Lewis G. Dymeck as a solution to the awkward positions you usually force your wrists into with the straight barbells. The shape of the bar allows the wrists to assume a more neutral position that is less supinated, which will make it easier to do those repetitions while you build your strength.
Because of its configuration, the EZ curl bar is also considered a “safer” alternative to the straight bar as the position of the wrists in the curl bar is less likely to incur injury.
EZ curl bars are generally considered to be “safer” than the straight bars as they allow the wrists to assume a more neutral position that is less supinated compared to straight barbells, thereby reducing the risk of an injury.
Because the EZ curl bars make it also more comfortable to do your biceps curls, you might notice that you are doing more repetitions than when you are using the straight bar. Pain is an unnecessary limiting step when it comes to exercise and may even prevent you from getting the most out of your workouts.
Most people think that working out is not supposed to be comfortable but that is a common misconception. Pain and injury will only hinder you from performing your ultimate best and making the most out of your reps.
Unfortunately, due to the same things that make the EZ curl bar great—the less supinated and safer, more comfortable position—there is less biceps activation as compared to the use of a straight barbell. This means that although using the straight bar can be uncomfortable and comes with a greater risk of injury, it can also help you achieve bigger biceps faster.
It all boils down to whether you would prioritize safety over speed.
Ah…Now we come to the weight issue.
Bodybuilders take their weight calculations seriously and why the heck not? Weight is the thing that gets you results and staying on the same weights forever will not do you any good. Nobody ever profited from stagnation, my friend.
Weight matters when it comes to building muscles and the weight of the bar you are using definitely counts, which is why you have endless forums on the weights of straight bars, Smith machine bars, and yes, EZ curl bars.
If you are going back and forth between the straight bar and EZ curl bar, then you must know that aside from the difference in shape and the position your wrists assume in using one or the other, there is also a difference in weight. It is important to know these things so you will know how much weight you are actually lifting.
A curl bar, being shorter in length than your straight bar, may weigh from 25 to 30 lbs. compared to the straight Olympic bar, which could weigh around 35 to 45 lbs. Standard EZ curl bars weigh less at approximately 10 lbs. while standard straight bars pack a bit more weight at 15 lbs.
As with most equipment, these two bars have their own advocates. While one side might prefer the faster results with the straight bar and better biceps activation courtesy of the straight bar, it cannot be denied that you are more prone to injury using this type of equipment. Injuries can not only set you back with one form of exercise so you lose out on more than just working out one group of muscles.
With the EZ curl bar, your wrists assume a position that is less supinated and more neutral making it safer and more comfortable. This is one of the reasons you might notice yourself squeezing more reps out of the wonky bar than with the straight one. One of the drawbacks is that while you get more reps and are generally happier with the EZ curl bar, the biceps activation is less than what you would get with the straight bar.
It is a common enough misconception that pain is part of exercising. To some degree, especially if you are just starting out, a bit of pain is to be expected. However, it could also mean that your body is simply crying out for help.
Bottom line - the decision rests solely on you. You can either choose the hard and fast way of building up your biceps with the straight bar or you can choose slow and steady with the EZ curl bar.
If your arms are feeling a bit in need of some love and building up, you can give EZ curl up bars a shot.
An EZ curl bar is a modified type of bar used in weightlifting and bodybuilding. Unlike the straight bars, the curl bars are shaped to slightly resemble a W. This modification allows your wrists to assume a less supinated and more neutral position, making it more comfortable and safer to lift heavy weights and could even enable you to perform more reps.
Concerning the weight of the EZ curl bar, it does weigh significantly less than standard straight bars as they are actually of a shorter length. This difference sets them back by about 5 to 10 lbs. compared to straight bars. Standard EZ curl bars generally weigh 10 lbs. and Olympic curl bars are around 25 to 30 lbs.
Whether or not EZ curl bars or straight bars are more preferable, the decision rests solely on you. Straight bars deliver faster results with better biceps activation at the cost of a lot more discomfort or pain and risk of injuries. On the other hand, EZ curl bars are generally easier to use and safer, which makes it great for those who are still beginning to build their strength and biceps. However, because of these same benefits, results may come slower compared to those who stick with the straight bars.
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