Posted On:11/16/2007 10:05am
Style: default std
Originally Posted by Teh El Macho
^^^ what he said. EZ barbells are more for bicep curls and tricep extensions and only when your wrists or forearms are giving you problems. The wavy things are for you to accomodate for a better, more comfortable grip.
I don't see how an EZ bar can make a difference for barbell rows. At least for me, the position of my hands is in such a way that they are placed on the straight par of the EZ bar, making it the same as a regular barbell.
They are good to accomodate somone who is not strong enough to use a larger, 35-45lbs barbell, but that's about it.
EZ bars are fine and dandy when you have an injury, but, now that I look back, I think it's a mistake to start training biceps and triceps with those (or at least, to train exclusively with them). The wavy things mask inflexibility problems with the wrists. So, pple use them to get around that instead of improving their wrist flexibility.
When people first use the straight bar and they feel pain in their wrists, they think they are injuring themselves or that have an injury. Then they switch to the EZ bars and increase the load, further aggravating the inflexibility. What they need to do is use the straight bar and use a smaller load and work on their wrist flexibility.
For a BOR, the theory for the EZ bar is that it allows you to get that little bit of extra squeeze out of the row, i.e. you are able to pull your arms that little bit further back before the bar stops against your body. I believe it's more of a bodybuilder move than anything else, i.e. bringing more show than go.
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Posted On:11/16/2007 11:49am
Style: creonte on hiatus
Yeah, that's was some crazy ****. I think Valentino nowadays writes a column in IronMan or some other magazine.
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Posted On:11/17/2007 10:52am
Style: Wrestling, BJJ n00b
Huh. I had just always seen people do it with an EZ bar, prolly just because of the organization of the gym.
Posted On:11/17/2007 11:32am
People do stuff because they don't know better. Sometimes these things they do are harmless (not training hard enough to entice change), annoying (bicep curling in the squat racks), can lead to problems in the future (overusing of the EZ bar) or just plain dangerous (squatting so heavy they never break parallel.)
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