Looking for the perfect curl bar or just want to know what the difference is between all the styles available?
You have come to the right place.
We will define 7 styles of curl bar, offer both workout ideas and specific exercises that can be done using the curl bar, and finally, wrap things up with a review of 7 curl bars.
So let’s get started.
- Types of Bars
- Best Curl Bar Workouts
- Best curl bar exercises
- TOP 7 Best Curl Bar Reviews 2017
Types of Bars
Standard 1” bar
These 1” diameter bars are suited for the home gym, and not often found in commercial gyms. These bars do not hold a ton of weight, and are not designed for heavy lifters/power lifters etc.
That being said, they are good for home use, for the everyday athlete who is NOT trying to lift more than 250lbs.
- 1” grip Diameter
- Low price, if the barbell is under 50 dollars, it is probably a standard 1” bar.
- 250- 300lb weigh MAX
- Between 5 and 6 feet long
- About 20 lbs unloaded, give or take
This is the most common barbell found in commercial gyms. They have industry standard weight, length and diameter, and are designed to slide weight plates on and off.
Primary Features of the standard men’s oly bar:
- 7.2 foot length (2.2 meters)
- 2” grip diameter Technically 49-50 mm outer, 28-29 mm inner
- 20 KILOS of about 44 lb weigh for barbell alone (unloaded)
- 4.3 foot grip or inner part of the bar
- Ball bearings, for spin
- Knurling or grip marks 36” apart
Ok, if you read Swiss bar and think of Swiss cheese, you may find it amusing to learn that the Swiss barbell is also full of holes.
Ok, not exactly, but its close. This barbell has up to 8 various angle grip handles bars that make many holes or spaces in the grip for your hand. The bar can be used for bench presses, rows and curls.
- Uses standard Olympic Weights
- 8 grips
Easy Curl bar
The EZ Curl bar, as the name implies, is for bicep curls. It has two angled grips in an “M” of zig zag shape.
- “M” or Zig Zag shaped grips
The Cambered bar is a specialty bar that can be used by folks that have shoulder issues. The center piece of the bar sits at shoulder level, and the weight hangs down.
Essentially the lifter can grab the bar without putting their arms above their head.
Another use for this bar canters around the fact that the weights are able to swing slightly when lifting this bar. The swinging motion works core and deep stabilizing muscles automatically as you lift.
Yoke Bar- Safety squat bar-SSB
This bar moves you forward and works well for those with shoulder injuries because you hold the bars that sit to either side of your neck, on the yoke, placing your arms in front of you.
This bar is not only for those with shoulder injuries. This bar carries weight differently than traditional Oly bar.
The Yoke Safety squat bar practically forces the lifter to assume an upright torso position. It works the back and core muscles in a different way, and is great to add to the mix, for overall conditioning.
Best Curl Bar Workouts
High Intensity Muscle Building Workout
This is an intense full body workout that uses the curl bar. It is four rounds of 7 exercises. The best part about the workout is each exercise is done to failure, so no counting or timing are needed.
Full Body Curl Bar Workout
This full body workout done using the curl bar cycles through 11 exercises that will whip you into shape.
There is no speaking in the video, so you can mute the volume and put on your own favorites and bust out this routine no problem.
Best curl bar exercises
How to Do a French Press using a Curl bar
The trainer gives a good example of the French press, done with an EZ curl bar. This is a triceps workout and the trainer makes a good point, triceps take up 2/3 of the space I the area where the triceps and biceps is, so they should not be ignored if you want gains.
How to Do a Reverse Curl
This is a forearm exercise, with palms facing the floor. The trainer explains the move in clear detail emphasizing how important it is to perform the move in a slow and controlled manner.
Phil Heath’s EZ Bar Bicep Curl
Phil Heath, 2 time Mr. Olympia, demonstrates the Bicep curl with perfect form. He explains that you should not swing your body and should keep your back straight during this exercise.
TOP 7 Best Curl Bar Reviews 2017
Top Standard Home Gym 1” Barbell
Best Olympic Bar at a Budget Price
Best Olympic bar for CrossFit
Best ez curl bar
Best Swiss Bar
Top Cambered Bar
Best Yoke Bar
That wraps up the reviews. Leave us a not in the comments and tell us what you think is the best curl bar for bicep curls.