Cable Curls

Cable curls are roughly equivalent to alternate dumbbell curls. They're good to do because they allow constant tension to be placed on the muscle throughout the entire range of motion. They are also good because they give you a psychological change of pace.

Here is how you properly perform a cable curl:

1. Grab hold of the handle from the bottom attachment of the Cable Crossover machine. (Different, interchangeable attachments are often used on cables. For this exercise use a square-shaped handle.)

Cable curl start/finish position.

Cable curl midrange position.

Cable curl start/finish position.

Cable curl midrange position.

2. Make sure that your palm is facing inward with your arm crossing your body slightly.

3. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.

4. Slowly bend your elbow, stopping just short of your shoulder.

5. Slowly straighten your elbow, stopping just short of a fully straight position. The rhythm is the same here as for every other exercise, up for a three count and down for a three count.

The following is a list of don'ts:

> Lean backward to assist you with getting the weight up. If you need to do this before your last rep, reduce the weight instead.

> Allow the weight to bring your body forward as you lower it. If this happens, please lighten the load.

Although you will see people doing this exercise with both arms, we don't recommend it. Why? Because doing bilateral bicep cable curls will encourage you to arch your back. Unilateral bicep cable curls allow you to maintain proper posture during the exercise.

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Although you will see people doing this exercise with both arms, we don't recommend it. Why? Because doing bilateral bicep cable curls will encourage you to arch your back. Unilateral bicep cable curls allow you to maintain proper posture during the exercise.

The following is a do: >- Keep your abdomen tight and knees slightly bent to protect your back.

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Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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