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Wrist Hurts on Bicep Movements

i use to BB bicep curl, then my wrists started to hurt (specifically the ligament connecting the thumb to the forearm on the inside of the wrist when palms are facing the ground)

so i switched to ez bar curls because I heard they were easier on the wrists, now my wrists hurt again

my current exercise involves a lot of compound movements which might be a contributing factor, but I want to stay with my current set-up

so, what new bicep exercies can i do that wont hurt that part of my wrist? my goal is increased bicep strength/size

equipment available:

  • barbell
  • dumbells
  • cable row
  • cable pulldown
  • rope attachment for cable stations
  • smith machine

thanks

NOTE: that specific part of my wrist only hurts when i am performing the bicep movement, not during day-to-day life

also do u guys think a glucosamine supplement is a good idea??

i have no other joint pain and i am 16 yrs old

I find dumbbell curls the least hard on my wrist. I’d take some time off any bicep movements until your wrist feels fine though, or anything will probably hurt it.

[quote]youngblood52 wrote:
also do u guys think a glucosamine supplement is a good idea??

i have no other joint pain and i am 16 yrs old[/quote]

I doubt that glucosamine is what you need.
Check which exercises irritate your wrists… Are you gripping the bar on rows or pullups too wide (I can’t wrap my thumb around the bar if I do, that causes pain… I can go thumbless just fine though, even with a very wide grip)?

Are you doing a wrist-curl while EZ curling?
Problems during rack pulls or deadlifts? Etc.
Are you doing upright rows with a straight bar (lots of people fuck their wrists up there, not all but a lot)?

Get to the source of the problem… And consider giving your forearms some rest.

[quote]Cephalic_Carnage wrote:
youngblood52 wrote:
also do u guys think a glucosamine supplement is a good idea??

i have no other joint pain and i am 16 yrs old

I doubt that glucosamine is what you need.
Check which exercises irritate your wrists… Are you gripping the bar on rows or pullups too wide (I can’t wrap my thumb around the bar if I do, that causes pain… I can go thumbless just fine though, even with a very wide grip)? Are you doing a wrist-curl while EZ curling?
Problems during rack pulls or deadlifts? Etc.
Are you doing upright rows with a straight bar (lots of people fuck their wrists up there, not all but a lot)?

Get to the source of the problem… And consider giving your forearms some rest.
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  • i dont think i’m going too wide on the bar. slightly wider than shoulder width (each hand is a couple inches away from inside of the knurling)

  • don’t think i am wrist curling when doing the ez-curls, i will pay more attention next time i try the curls. if i were wrist curling a little bit i would imagine that the wrist curl would happen at the top portion of the curl…

  • never done rack pulls, but no problems doing dealifts (with either mixed or double overhand grip)

  • yes i am doing the rows with a straight bar, an olympic bar to be specific. i do them with a supinated grip, and sometimes when i rack the bar after doing all the reps i feel a tweak in the same area where the ez curls hurt my wrist. the weird thing is i only get the small tweak when i rack the bar, not during the actually rowing

[quote]youngblood52 wrote:
Cephalic_Carnage wrote:
youngblood52 wrote:
also do u guys think a glucosamine supplement is a good idea??

i have no other joint pain and i am 16 yrs old

I doubt that glucosamine is what you need.
Check which exercises irritate your wrists… Are you gripping the bar on rows or pullups too wide (I can’t wrap my thumb around the bar if I do, that causes pain… I can go thumbless just fine though, even with a very wide grip)? Are you doing a wrist-curl while EZ curling?
Problems during rack pulls or deadlifts? Etc.
Are you doing upright rows with a straight bar (lots of people fuck their wrists up there, not all but a lot)?

Get to the source of the problem… And consider giving your forearms some rest.

  • i dont think i’m going too wide on the bar. slightly wider than shoulder width (each hand is a couple inches away from inside of the knurling)

  • don’t think i am wrist curling when doing the ez-curls, i will pay more attention next time i try the curls. if i were wrist curling a little bit i would imagine that the wrist curl would happen at the top portion of the curl…

  • never done rack pulls, but no problems doing dealifts (with either mixed or double overhand grip)

  • yes i am doing the rows with a straight bar, an olympic bar to be specific. i do them with a supinated grip, and sometimes when i rack the bar after doing all the reps i feel a tweak in the same area where the ez curls hurt my wrist. the weird thing is i only get the small tweak when i rack the bar, not during the actually rowing

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It often happens that little tweaks are only felt after you’re done with the exercise… Start using an overhand grip or even suicide grip and straps if you need them…

And for now give the area rest… Concentrate on your legs or whatever instead for a while… Tendonitis or similar conditions don’t go away just like that if you keep irritating the area.

During curls… Ok, gotta be honest to yourself: Are you using a ton of body english and way more weight than you’re ready for? Or are you going very low in reps (4-6 or lower) on a lot of movements for multiple sets or so?

nah, my form is good (no body english)…my rep range is 6-10 and i try to push up 1 rep every workout (so +2 reps a week). I do one all out set, then a back off set, then another back off set

I think the problem is just overusing the area. so for the time being i will drop ez bar curls and go for dumbell curls. if that doesn’t work, then hammer curls, then chinups etc. i will experiment

thanks for the help

[quote]youngblood52 wrote:
nah, my form is good (no body english)…my rep range is 6-10 and i try to push up 1 rep every workout (so +2 reps a week). I do one all out set, then a back off set, then another back off set [/quote] Why 2 back-off sets? Also, how many exercises are you doing for bis/forearms (total per session)? You train them twice a week, that might be a bit much depending on what else you do… Consider that. [quote]

I think the problem is just overusing the area. so for the time being i will drop ez bar curls and go for dumbell curls. if that doesn’t work, then hammer curls, then chinups etc. i will experiment

thanks for the help[/quote]
No problem…
Hmm. Start doing pinwheels or at least alt. hammers next time, and make sure to keep your wrists straight. Might be worth a try… Maybe your forearm musculature is simply too weak…