I mentioned in a previous Facebook post that I witnessed two people in the gym a few weeks ago discussing the pros and cons of dumbbell hammer curls vs supinated curls.
Pretty normal in a gym right?
Absolutely, I’m sure this happens daily up and down the country. So why am I ranting about it?
Because one of the people participating in this discussion was (probably) morbidly obese (and no, he couldn’t blame this on his muscle mass), the other was tiny.
Now, if the fat guy just wanted big biceps at the expense of everything else, and the skinny guy simply loved doing curls for the pure hell of it, then fine, I hope they both continue as they were.
The point is, I can almost guarantee neither of them wanted those respective things, and that discussions like between people like that should NOT be the norm. This, in my opinion, is the most common mistake in the modern gym.
Let’s be honest, most of us are going for a lean, balanced physique with an appreciable amount of muscle mass.
Dumbbell curl variations are not the way to achieve this.
I’ve said it time and time again, and so, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, here it is again;
The quickest, most efficient, most sustainable way of building mass and losing fat (or keeping it off) is spending 75% of your time in the gym on;
– Bench Presses
– Olympic lifts (and variations)
These allow you shift big weights in a powerful manner, get stronger, and increase your metabolism (turning your body into a fat-burning furnace).
Curls will not do this.
Granted, if you want big biceps, curls will help, and if you want big biceps with no V-shape, invisible abs and chicken legs then fill your boots.
Once you’re strong and have a great muscle to body fat ratio, then explore curl variations, but the chances are, by the time you reach that point you’ll be so hyper-aware about the ‘right’ way to train, you won’t want to try anything else.