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I started using the gym at around 16 years old (10 years now), and once I moved into my own home and had real bills to pay I could see that the gym was a luxury expenditure and most exercises can be done at home much more simply and with less equipment. I now own a good pair of trainers (for running), a heaves bar, free weights, kettle bells, exercise bike and this curl bar.
The curl bar was originally known as the Dymek and is a variant of the barbell mainly used for bicep curls, upright rows and lying tricep extensions. The curved grip area of the curl bar allows for a more natural lift position which can reduce the risks of stress injury to the arms. However, as the bars shape does not allow for full bicep extension the exercise can be less effective.
Currently on this bar I have 2x 10kg plastic coated weights plus 2x 1.12kg metal weights and 2x 1kg metal weights; with the grip locks this is very much near the space limit for the bar. However, if you were to buy bigger weights (I have some 5kg weights) they would slot on requiring less room therefore extending the limits of the workout much higher. The space is disappointingly small though especially if you were a larger lifter unlike myself who just uses the bar for conditioning and military training.
I find that the bar itself feels very sturdy and the grip lines do not allow for hand slipping (they leave behind nice hand creases). However, the grip clips do not fit very snuggly and the weights can slip around when lifting which can be very offputting especially as the weights become heavier. The shiny surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, however, I have begun to find that the grip sections collect dirt easily. Due to the noduled nature of the gripped area of the bar it allows dead skin etc. to become trapped and this is very difficult to clean unless using a brush of some sort e.g. a toothbrush.
I like this curl bar as I have a shorter arm span being 5'4" so it allows for easier movement especially when lifting overhead. To me 'free weights' provide a much more effective workout as they are easy to change weight and can be moved almost without restriction to benefit the user. The shorter bar length is comfortable and the raised zones allow for easier positioning of the arms to prevent uneven lifting subsequently protecting the user from injury.
I myself use the bar for squats, upright rows, overhead lifts and a variety of other lifts I cannot put a name to but would not want to attempt to bore you with lengthy descriptions!
All in all the bar is a quality purchase for a person wanted to stay toned and conditioned; especially ideal for the smaller frame or lady such as myself. The item itself arrived wrapped and boxed but not heavily protected, this does not matter though as this is a sturdy metal bar so cannot be damaged too easily.
The quickest way to increase upper arm mass, strength and definition. A proven favorite of bodybuilders everywhere, this bar isolates and intensifies development of the bicep and forearm muscles. Overall Length: 47L Weight: 18 lbs. Capacity: 1000 lbs.