|QUOTE (HUGOHL @ Monday, Jun 10 2013, 15:16)|
| Why isn't it recommended for beginners? I actually feel good with it, I started doing 10 lbs, then 15 and now 20. I have also been doing bench press and chin ups along with some other shoulder, legs, triceps, back and chest exercises.|
Building muscle isn't my primary objective, I want strength and endurance since I usually play football (yes, handegg).
There is nothing wrong with Bicep curls really, but I wouldn't recommend them for beginners so much.
When you're starting out working out you'll want to build overall fitness first, strengthen lots of areas so they can be better at assisting each other, you might be able to Bicep curl 25kg as an example, but if you have a weak rest of body, you might have problem standing properly for the excercise and could hurt yourself by trying to jerk the weight, it's also good to do compound exercise's so you don't develop imbalances and such, a common one is with the shoulder and it's called winged scapula, which happens when you don't work on keeping shoulders pulled back while walking around, and also if you bench press too much without back excercises and don't protract/retract the scapula.
And this is what winged scapula looks like.
Another good reason to start with compound exercises is because most of them are a little easier on the joints, doing chin-ups for back strength is a good way to strengthen biceps as well because your elbows are in a good, strength position, Bicep curls tend to put a lot of stress on your elbows which is okay once your joints have strengthened up and become a bit more flexible, but when you're beginning you can more easily injure them.
Another point is over-training, if you're not very fit yet, and you're doing all sorts of exercises for your upper-body, pretty much all of them involve your Biceps, if you're doing curls too, when you're body hasn't gotten used to lot's of exercise you can injure your biceps/over-train them.
I would recommend sticking to compound exercises until you start feeling strong and able to do them well, I found a good guide to be chin-ups/pull ups, if you are slim you should be able to do 10 of each without too much trouble, once you can do those with confidence and some power you can probably start to work on isolating muscles, make sure you do lot's of research, find out about agonists and antagonists, and which muscles do what, it takes time, but doing this will mean that you can avoid muscle imbalances and possibly painful injuries later on which are going to affect your training.
Also stick to it, try and force yourself to do it, even if you don't feel like it, allow for rest days every once in a while, but just remember, will-power only increases with use, every day you slack off, your willpower will decrease, every time you workout, you build routine and willpower to keep going.