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2004/02/20 02:27:50 (permalink)
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plate curls

where should you be feeling these? when i do them i feel them right at the "bottom" of my bicep just above the elbow joint area. and what do they exactly do?

i think i am slowly becoming inclined to strength/power/grip stuff.
you guys have nearly won me over

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    Dr Helium
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 08:51:31 (permalink)
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    I've only been doing these for about 2 months, but I've always 'felt them' at the lower third of my forearm, predominantly on the inside of the wrist. If you're hitting you're bicep area then I can only assume you must have super strong wrists and very weak biceps.

    What sort of weight can you plate curl and how much can you curl using a dumbbell or barbell.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 13:13:12 (permalink)
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    The strain should be pretty much all on your wrists, their purpose is to strengthn your wrists. You sure you're doing them right?

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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 13:48:13 (permalink)
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    Who cares where you're feeling it, why are you doing them and has it helped.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 14:26:45 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by acooper

    Who cares where you're feeling it


    Thats one of the stupidest things I've read on Muscletalk. The whole point of plate curls is to work the wrists, strengthening the connective tissues around the area.
    If the block is feeling them in his biceps then obviously he's doing something wrong. It may be that he's trying to go too heavy, thereby using bad form and using too much bicep, or he's got comparitively weak biceps.

    If it's either of the above two things then they can both be rectified fairly simply, making the exercise far more effective.

    M5
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 14:36:52 (permalink)
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    What i meant was why has he started doing an excercise? Because other people do it? Because it looks good? Who knows? The point is he has been doing an excercise and now has come and asked "and what do they exactly do?" I was trying to provoke some thought that supplementry excercises such as this are just tools you use to develop yourself and you pick them accordingly not the other way round.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 15:40:44 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by acooper

    What i meant was why has he started doing an excercise? Because other people do it? Because it looks good? Who knows? The point is he has been doing an excercise and now has come and asked "and what do they exactly do?" I was trying to provoke some thought that supplementry excercises such as this are just tools you use to develop yourself and you pick them accordingly not the other way round.




    Fair point.

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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/20 16:47:41 (permalink)
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    Block - you must make sure you keep your wrists straight. Do not break your wrists and let them point down during the rep.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 00:45:24 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by acooper

    What i meant was why has he started doing an excercise? Because other people do it? Because it looks good? Who knows? The point is he has been doing an excercise and now has come and asked "and what do they exactly do?" I was trying to provoke some thought that supplementry excercises such as this are just tools you use to develop yourself and you pick them accordingly not the other way round.




    to answer your question so that you may answer mine:

    the reason i do plate curls is that i am aware that they work the wrist/forearm - grip. i need to work on my grip. i have read quite a few posts about grip work and decided to give it a go, aswell as doing other supplementary grip work, since my grip has been failing (see my journal).
    in particular i read one article which someone posted a link to, which explained how to do these.

    i have done this exercise twice in my whole life - the last two weeks.

    what do they do exactly? by that i mean - give me a bit more info please. plate curls are not going to work my chest are they? its fairly obvious what area they target, hence the use of the word EXACTLY.

    now that you have my reasons behind doing this exercise and how long i have been doing it, would you care to suggest something constructive as opposed to a pschoanalysis.

    as a note, the point you made is a very good one and should be borne in mind. its just that it didnt help me, seems more like a general advice/comment - hence my reply.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 00:51:15 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by MikeyFive
    The whole point of plate curls is to work the wrists, strengthening the connective tissues around the area.
    If the block is feeling them in his biceps then obviously he's doing something wrong. It may be that he's trying to go too heavy, thereby using bad form and using too much bicep, or he's got comparitively weak biceps.

    If it's either of the above two things then they can both be rectified fairly simply, making the exercise far more effective.

    M5



    cheers. i do them as i would a normal dumbbell curl but holding the plate with my fingers flat underneath and thumb folded over. palms up. elbows tucked in. reps of 20 with 6.25 kilo plates.
    what are the rectification methods in both scenarios that you mentioned? cheers
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 01:47:32 (permalink)
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    I do them the same way as you Block. I feel the strain in my fingers and wrists.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 01:58:12 (permalink)
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    then maybe i have got weak biceps? cos i dont really feel much strain in my fingers - slightly,and next to nothing in my wrists. all i get is alot of burning in that bicep area. i keep my arms and wrists straight throughout.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 07:16:22 (permalink)
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    The 'trick' with these is low reps and sets and to aim to get to 20 kilos (I did :)). At that weight you WILL feel it in the wrist and the fingers which will spread under the plate to give as much support as possible. To make the steps I used a small plate with a loading pin popped in from above and holding the small incremental discs. The pin itself is 7-8 pounds.
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 09:40:18 (permalink)
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    block,
    i haven't been doing them long, about 4 moths but TBH am pretty close to p-curling 15kg. can do it for negatives and can do 10kg for 2-3x10. when i started even 7.5kg shagged my fingers and my wrists, but i do other stuff as well and as my finger strength grew, the strees shifted more on my wrist than my fingers[not that i don't feel it in my fingers]. i do them every other day at some point and never go above 5-10reps. although starting out you may want to incrase the volume so you don't end up overstretching yourself/straining your tendons/muscles with to much too soon.
    i hope you plate pinch too.
    rob
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 12:45:55 (permalink)
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    quote:
    but TBH am pretty close to p-curling 15kg


    Robert,

    Is that 15kg in total or a single 15kg plate?

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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/21 17:43:41 (permalink)
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    cashman,
    single 15.
    i can pinch a 10 and a 5 together, or hold a 10 and a 2.5 with a bar through.
    a little disheartend TBh, i was hoping to be p-curling 15 this moth, but it is so, so, so hard to get it started. if i cheat up by about 30degrees, the rest is safe, but that first big pull is a none starter at the moment. do you p-curl, the progress is phenomenal in the first 2 months and my forarms are noticabley bigger!!

    johnny, you mean me?
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/22 02:36:28 (permalink)
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    cheers for input guys. i dont plate pinch. i do: farmers walk, normal static holds, direct forearm work like curls, and the plate curls.

    pinch curls: did a search this is what i found

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=57806&SearchTerms=,plate,pinch

    any tips? where do you lift from, the floor? how high etc... and how does pinch strength bring benefit?

    cheers
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/22 05:39:42 (permalink)
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    block, woah, i didn't say pinch curl. plate pinch mate.

    basically, pickup a plate [a heavy plate] and hold it in between your fingers and thumb for 3x10seconds.

    #1 use smooth side oly plates, harder+therefore, more effective. arms length, down by your side.
    #2 use multiple plates, again, harder
    #3 finger strength is very improtant and often overlooked. what use are strong wrists with weak fingers
    #4 walk around whilst doing it, harder and simulates real life better.
    rob
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/22 12:56:50 (permalink)
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    Ive been experimenting with plate curls and need to know if you grip the plate with just a single finger and thumb and change fingers each set, or do reps with all fingers and thumb?

    Ive been doing single finger and thumb style.

    cheers
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    RE: plate curls 2004/02/23 01:57:34 (permalink)
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    cheers robert. typo. i did search for plate pinch ;) pinch curl! maybe a new exercise! pinch it and curl. buts its probably been done in some form or shape already :(

    byf1 - grip plate with fingers underneath and thumb on top as when you stick in a video in the vcr or pick up a plate of food etc... elbows tucked in, curl it. you can start off with the palms facing up or facing in towards your thighs. upto you or so i have read on

    http://www.axolotl.demon.co.uk/wrist.htm

    cheers
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