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    Why do people curl one arm at a time?

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    I don't see the precedent for why people doing curls are only doing one arm at a time. Isn't that asymmetry hard on the back? I've always done both arms at once, so my upper back doesn't wobble to the left and right. Anybody know why so many people are doing one arm at a time? Doesn't that damage the spine?
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    The same reason they don't use a barbell, they don't know any better
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    I don't know, it's like they are trained to do it.
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    Asymmetry is not a bad thing. If you work on keeping your core tight, you're giving your abs a workout.

    I often do single arm shoulder presses with a barbell.

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    It creates a moment arm that must be resisted by the abdominal muscles (not just rectus abdominus, but all those that are sometimes referred to as "the core"), but I don't think that's the rationale behind it. It's just Men's Health/Bodybuilding.com junk. They should use a barbell, like Fernaldo says. Just not in the power cage.

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    unilateral exercises are awesome. plain and simple. I do plenty of 1 arm db overhead presses, db snatches, kb snatches (when I have access to kettlebells), and kb swings (1 arm is the only safe way to do them). on my "pull" days (deadlift, pullups, chin-ups, rows) I sometimes finish up with some db curls, hammer curls, and even a giant drop set of curls. I don't make these exercises the core of my training, but they definitely have a place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    unilateral exercises are awesome. plain and simple. I do plenty of 1 arm db overhead presses, db snatches, kb snatches (when I have access to kettlebells), and kb swings (1 arm is the only safe way to do them). on my "pull" days (deadlift, pullups, chin-ups, rows) I sometimes finish up with some db curls, hammer curls, and even a giant drop set of curls. I don't make these exercises the core of my training, but they definitely have a place.
    Yeah, I don't have a problem with unilateral exercises (as assistance work) in general, I just think curling a barbell is a better exercise than curling a dumbbell if you're only going to do 1 kind of curl (which is 1 more than most people need to be doing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    Yeah, I don't have a problem with unilateral exercises (as assistance work) in general, I just think curling a barbell is a better exercise than curling a dumbbell if you're only going to do 1 kind of curl (which is 1 more than most people need to be doing).
    you mean I don't have to do 25 sets of db curls to get huuuuge gunz? that's not what the june issue of FLEX magazine said

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    you mean I don't have to do 25 sets of db curls to get huuuuge gunz? that's not what the june issue of FLEX magazine said
    Forget FLEX magazine. If you wanna get the 22's, you gotta follow the CT Fletcher method:
    I Command you to Grow! Biceps/Arm Day with CT Fletcher - YouTube

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    Why curl when you can do pullups and chinups?
    Curling has a place as a finishing exercise but the Men's Health group take it way too far.
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