Weight Lifting 101

When Should a Beginner Use Isolation Exercises?

Imagine what the world would be like if you were to wake up one morning, and all of the exercise machines were eliminated from the face of the earth and all of the isolation exercises were outlawed. What would the world look like? If all of the machines and isolation exercises were to disappear from the face of the...
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How To Build Big Guns (Biceps), Without Curls, In 8.5 Simple Steps


I know many of you hate me when I say not to do biceps curls. You almost scream (though I might call it a whine) "I have to do biceps curls and who is this Darrin guy to contradict what I've been taught my whole life? Big biceps = real man! How else am I supposed...
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Why I Don’t Do Curls


Count me among those who poo-poo biceps curls.

But not because they are useless.

No, I totally disagree with the Strength Training gurus out there who dismiss curls because they are “not functional”. That’s a silly argument.

They are indeed functional. In fact, even though I favor chin-ups over curls, curls are far more functional. When’s the last time...
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Bicep Curls: How to Reduce Wrist Pain

Have you ever done a heavy set of bicep curls and noticed a nagging pain in your wrists when you’re done? Maybe you’ve even felt enough pain that you’ve had to cut your workout short. This pain can affect some people more than others. The good news is that just like anything else, your bones and cartilage can grow...
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Why Your Biceps Never Grow

Bicep curls seem like such a simple exercise, but one frequent mistake exists that often leads people to transfer the stress of this movement away from the bicep muscles and to the shoulders. In his Encyclopedia or Modern Bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger describes that bringing the elbows forward during this movement creates a lower quality stress on the biceps and...
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