Concentration Curls – Martial Arts Strength Training
This page provides details on “Concentration Curls”. This strength exercise has a greater focus on the biceps than traditional bicep curls. With concentration curls, there is a lower chance that other muscles will be involved in raising the weight (i.e. inadvertently using momentum & other muscles to “swing” up a traditional biceps curl). Other biceps exercises include close grip barbell curls, reverse curls, hammer curls, etc.
Martial artists work on their biceps strength in order to generate stronger punches (esp. for biceps “influenced” punches like the hook punch). The biceps are also used extensively in grappling techniques because they help to pull an opponent in (versus the triceps which helps to push an opponent away).
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For more exercises and strengthening ideas, please visit the main Martial Arts Strength Training section.
Instruction Video on Concentration Curls