Preacher Curl – Potential bicep injury risk

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    Andre Merulli

    Bryce / Joe

    I’ve been experimenting with the single arm DB preacher curl and it’s quickly become my new favorite exercise. I get a huge stimulus from it. I’ve always had a hard time with alignment and shoulder involvement when curling so this exercise has been perfect in solving those issues. However, I’ve seen people (in real life and online) tear their bicep with preacher curls. And it’s a little more scary when you are trying to progressively load it with weight as a meat and potatoes exercise.

    I’m assuming that changing the preacher angle to 70 degrees lowers this risk factor? I wanted to get your thoughts on the danger of this exercise and what you’ve seen in the form of injury and how to avoid it.

    I’ve tried doing the single arm preacher with a cable as I thought this would be a little bit safer but it just does not hit my biceps anywhere close to the DB version.


    Andre Merulli

    Thanks Joe.

    Good info. Now that you mention it, it does seem most people tear their biceps with a fixed bar but there are a couple single arm dB tears as well if you search on YouTube.

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