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Old 09-10-2007, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Curls and MMA

Sorry for all the questions.

Lately I've been hearing all this stuff from my grappling teacher and at the gym that curls are bad and curls are good.

Now I want your opinion.

Reverse Curls/Bicep Curls

Good for MMA or bad?

I'm stick to the fact that they are bad because you rarely ever use your bicep except in maybe an RNC...

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm completely new to MMA training so I could be way off here, but it seems to me like it couldn't hurt you. If you're talking about doing curls instead of an exercise that your coach or instructor recommends it's probably a bad idea, but if you're doing them in addition to what they recommend I don't see how it would hurt you. It seems like arm strength overall is important.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Biceps are pretty freaking useless in MMA TBH.

But I don't think it hurts, and I do curls, but I do them standing and alternate so they at least do a little for my core.
I would not let curls get in the way of anything else, they are probably the most useless exercise for MMA.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well in my weight training class after I get done with like Bench or Squats or whatever we do I usually have a bit of free time so I usually do Dips/Pullups.

But I could be doing curls.
And sometimes curls is on the list of things to do so I want to know whether they're good or I should just stick to Dips/Curls in the spare time I have.

Or maybe do Reverse Curls.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I do curls but not for the fact that it helps with MMA
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i have gone from a weight lifting workout to a full body mma workout, and i dumped curls. now i just do pusups, body weight squats, pylos, rows, yoga, etc.

stuff that helps all of my body..either pushing or pulling..real life body movments.
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Heavy back day then finish it off with a couple sets of hammer curls. Just don't focus an entire workout around biceps or triceps.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well in my weight training class after I get done with like Bench or Squats or whatever we do I usually have a bit of free time so I usually do Dips/Pullups.

But I could be doing curls.
And sometimes curls is on the list of things to do so I want to know whether they're good or I should just stick to Dips/Curls in the spare time I have.

Or maybe do Reverse Curls.
Bench, squats, dips, and pullups > curls any day. Don't substitute any of those lifts for curls, only add curls if you have extra time and have hit your major lifts for the day. Curls also won't do much for MMA, except maybe strengthen your forearms a bit, which could be useful.
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the pulling motion of a curl can help arm-bar defense as well...but there are other ways to help bicepts as well.
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MOst of your punching and grappling power comes from back and triceps, not biceps and curls.
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