The barbell Drag Curl is said to be effective for the Bicep Long Head as it works in a more stretched position compared to the conventional barbell curl.
I'm considering to add it to my routine in substitution of the Cable Bayesian Curl, which I did in my previous routine and in which I have reached a progress plateau.
Well, I have two doubts about the effectiveness of such an exercise:
- Some people perform it by curling whilst keeping the bar close to their abs/chest, hence raising their elbows backwards in a shoulder extended position. These people terminate the movement here.
Other people, on their elbows have reached the parallel, move them forwards like a conventional barbell curl as shown in the following picture.
Which variation does better target the long head of the bicep?
- Is this exercise really effective from a resistence profile? My concern is about the shoulder extension: will it shift the load from the biceps into the rear delts, so that they will be the limiting factor? In such a case, it would not be a good biceps exercise...