Just thinking about something that was brought up in another thread, figured I'd throw it out to the crew to get different takes on it.
Who here uses plain old barbell curls as part of their arm training? Either heavy with strategic cheating/non-textbook form, strict and controlled for plenty of reps, or something inbetween.
It seems like they've kinda been pushed aside and aren't "the in thing", with people using variations, dumbbells, cables, or anything but the classic straight bar.
Is it just that barbell curls are like the standard flat bench - useful for beginners, but once you reach a certain level of strength and/or development, you "progress" beyond it in favor of something that better targets the muscle?
Or is it a case of lifters forgetting the tried and true, one of the exercises that's been a bodybuilding and weightlifting staple for literally over a century, and instead jumping right to the different and new?