I'm doing Bend Over Barbell Rows with an underhand grip in my routine since like 2-3 weeks. My wrist position always feels a little weird with the straight Barbell, no matter how wide or narrow I place my hands, so I thought about using one of these wavy Curl-Bar for my Rowing. Is there any significant drawback when doing that instead of using the straight Barbell?


I'll try to answer the question myself after trying it out at the gym yesterday. I picked up one of those wavy Curl-Bars, so my wrists would not bend as much compared to using a straight bar. My elbows were pretty close to my body, just as they were when performing an underhand grip with the straight bar.

It's also worth mentioning, as I stated in a comment yesterday, that I used 10kg workload instead of 5kg, because the bar is way shorter and thus weighs less.

I'll continue to work out my Rows with this Curl-Bar since, to me, it felt way better for the wrists without any significant drawback in the muscle attacked by this exercise. But I guess there is some personal preference involved in this topic. If somebody else doesn't have problems with his wrists when performing rows with a straight bar, I guess it does not matter which bar one is using.

  • I can imagine it will feel more like a close grip row rather than a barbell row when you use one of those bars. This might end up working the thickness of your back more than the wideness of your lats. I have nothing to back this up tho so I'm just going to leave it here in the comments. I hope you get a clear answer! – MJB Aug 6 at 10:20
  • @MJB Actually sounds like it could be true. As far as I remember these Curl-Bars are waved from end to end (except for the part where the plates go obviously), so I might get a similar wide grip as with the normal bar. – Suimon Aug 6 at 10:49
  • I use a curl bar myself for reasons, so I am very interested in this. However I want to point out that one issue I am facing is the maximum weight you can put on those bars which is about 200 pounds for the one I have and the limited space for plates. – Raditz_35 Aug 6 at 12:29
  • @Raditz_35 Haha, no worries about the weight. I'm only rowing 5kg (in total) atm since I'm fairly skinny and a beginner. Well, let's say 10kg since the Curl-Bar will be way shorter and thus lighter, so I probably will be able to put more weight on. – Suimon Aug 6 at 13:36

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