One of the biggest debates when it comes to building muscle is wrist curls vs strength wraps. This article will help you determine which is best for you. Both have their strong points and both have their weak points so let’s get into it.
So, what are wrist curls? Wrist curls are basically hand exercises that stretch the wrist ligaments to strengthen them. These exercises were developed as a way to help develop forearm strength and use in athletes. But strength training stretches the ligaments more than just about any other part of the body so they can be effective for that purpose. But they are not the only thing you should do with your wrists.
Strength wraps are simply wraps that you put on over your wrists. They go from thumb to index finger length, with each wrap being stretched further out to produce more strength. One of the most popular places to do wrist curls is right where your thickest part of the forearm is. Usually, the spot between your thumb and middle finger. I have never seen anyone suggest doing wrist curls anywhere else but where your thickest part of the forearm is.
The main difference between wrist curls and strength training wrist curls is the tension you place on the wrist during each set. When you perform wrist curls your wrist flexes. This creates a very concentrated load on your triceps, forearms, and biceps. But this same concentrated load is also applied to the smaller muscles in the forearm, which don’t see much action because they are below the tendon sheath.
While wrist curls allow for maximum stress on the triceps and forearms, the results don’t reach the full potential of either exercise because the muscles don’t fully develop. You can see this in the beginning when you start to feel a little pain in these parts of your arms. In order to prevent this pain, you should always perform wrist curls before you start using other strength building exercises. This will help you prevent injury and help you achieve your goals quicker.
As you can see wrist curls and strength building exercises go hand in hand. They are both important to your overall success. Don’t get started on one exercise and expect huge results. Make sure you do both. You will be amazed at how quickly you pick up one new strength training technique and begin to see results within just a few weeks.