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Old 12-16-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Power curls

Has anyone played with the use of "cheating" barbell curls as a component in their WoDs? If you ignore the idea of isolation and get the hips into the motion, it seems like a pretty functional movement.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:57 PM   #2
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Re: Power curls

I do them occasionaly. There's nothing wrong with curls in my opinion. I think they're helping me develop my one arm pullup, which I am still far away from pulling off. After doing dumbell curls though I was able to pull myself up a couple inches.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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Re: Power curls

I haven't tried that, but I don't see why there would be any problem with it... what you are describing is basically a variation on hang cleans.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:27 PM   #4
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Re: Power curls

Ummm... if you're going to get the hips into the motion and "kip" them, then why not do hang power cleans? If you're looking for the bicep work in it, why not do them strict?

And when you have endless varieties of chinning and straight-arm work you can do instead, why do them at all?

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Old 12-16-2007, 04:55 PM   #5
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Re: Power curls

Hang cleans are a vertical lift driven by a triple extension. A curl is an arcing arm pull with, if anything, a horizontal hip extension (like a kettlebell swing). They're radically different exercises.

And I didn't think our goal in CF (y'know, "functional" and "varied" and all that) was to reduce ourselves to the minimum number of ways to hit every muscle group.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:05 PM   #6
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Re: Power curls

I don't think it's useful, but I'm not going to say it's a bad choice just because it has the word "curl" in it. I'll listen to any arguments for it.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:58 PM   #7
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Re: Power curls

Well, for one thing, I pick stuff up like this all the time...

I know Dan John likes it for conditioning his throwers, as well.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:34 PM   #8
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Re: Power curls

Shrug I mean.. you can just do weighted kipping pullups if you have a nice vest? Much more full body than this.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:01 PM   #9
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Re: Power curls

Brandon,
Good question. I think of movements in terms of efficency, efficacy and safety. The cheating barbell curl, is not the most efficent or effective way to get a heavy weight up to shoulder level, it certainly wouldn't be the safest.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:14 PM   #10
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Re: Power curls

Re: Brandon
I'm in agreement with Jeff.
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Good question. I think of movements in terms of efficency, efficacy and safety. The cheating barbell curl, is not the most efficent or effective way to get a heavy weight up to shoulder level, it certainly wouldn't be the safest.

Hang high pulls are another option.
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