Chris Colucci wrote:
Say what now? Dumbbell curl… hammer curl… Zottman curl. Bent over dumbbell row… rear-delt emphasis bent over dumbbell row… reverse-grip dumbbell row. A diverse exercise vocabulary is a good thing.
I’m not sure if you’re trying to make me look retarded but for all of those different “grips” my hands are placed on the dumbbell exactly the same way. I grab the dumbbell by the handle.[/quote]
No, no. I was just addressing your comment, not trying to call you out specifically. Sorry about that. Technically, yeah, there’s only one way to hold a dumbbell - wrap the fingers and thumb around the handle, and commence with your exercise.
That’s what we’re talking about when we refer to different ways to grip a dumbbell. Supination, pronation, or neutral-grip. It’s more obvious when we’re dealing with a barbell, but the concept is still the same with a dumbbell.
Each type of “grip” (or wrist movement, twist, whatever we want to call it) will turn the basic exercise (curl, press, extension, row, etc.) into something slightly different which can target or emphasize different muscles.