Dumbbell wrist curls work the wrist flexor muscles. In addition to adding to
the shape of the forearms for those interested in "Popeye arms" forearms
resistance training exercises help build extra
strength which can improve wrist stability and grip strength.
Dumbbell wrist curls can be
used during any workout but it is recommended to only use them at the end of a
workout as they can significantly weaken grip strength which may have
implications for other exercises. If you do dumbbell wrist curls before dead
lift or pull ups
for example, you will not be able to grip the bar very well and will not be
able to perform as many reps for the target muscle groups.
If you choose to do forearm exercises make sure to work both forearms
flexors and extensors. Since the
wrist flexors are often overworked during any pulling exercises, they
can become overly strong compared to the smaller and weaker wrist extensors.
imbalance can cause problems with the nerves and joints of the wrist
The muscles of the forearms are often overlooked in even the most serious
workout programs. While many people can get away with never doing a single
forearm isolating exercise, others are missing out. Anyone who is involved
in a sport such as baseball which requires you to hold onto something will
benefit from performing forearms exercises.