Another of the highly popular barbells in their range, the CAP Barbell EZ Curl Bar measures 47″ in length, and supports up to 200 lb of standard weight plates for a variety of exercises.
Before buying, we wanted to provide a quick guide to some of the exercise options, as well as some useful tips for getting the most out of your workout time and remaining injury free.
The CAP Barbell EZ Curl Bar has been specially designed to provide a shallower set of angles than similar bars, helping relieve any pressure on your wrists that you may experience using a straight bar.
The length of the knurling also helps to improve your grip on the bar when performing both close grip and wide grip curls and extensions.
Although spin-lock collars are provided, many people find this slows down the changing of the weight plates, so we would recommend also picking up a set of spring clips to make the most of your workout time.
Suitable for any weight plates with a 1 inch diameter center, this is an EZ bar that will also protect them from any damage, using a rubber washer attached to the threading.
CAP Barbell EZ Curl Bar – Features Summary
- Made of solid chromed steel w/ threaded ends.
- 200 lb weight capacity.
- Collars included.
- Accommodates 1″ bars.
EZ Curl Bars vs. Cambered bars
If you’re more used to using straight bars for your workouts, it’s likely you wouldn’t have come across a cambered bar before.
Although they both feature raised sections in the middle of the bar, the height of the raised section is usually much more pronounced on a cambered bar.
In contrast, EZ curl bars have a much shallower set of raised sections along its length.
In terms of exercise options, EZ curl bars are usually designed for bicep curls and tricep extensions, whereas the cambered bars are often used by powerlifters for the bench press or safety squats.
If you’ve been a member of a commercial gym in the past or seen a number of workout videos, then you will probably be familiar with some of the more popular exercises you can perform with the CAP Barbell EZ Curl Bar.
Essentially you can do all the same exercises as with a straight bar, but with your wrists turned slightly inwards to relieve pressure on your wrists and forearms.
Bicep curls – These will usually be performed standing, but you can also see great results on the preacher curl.
Lying / overhead tricep extensions – These can be a very effective alternative to overhead dumbbell extensions when you don’t have a short bench available.
The EZ curl bar is also the barbell of choice for ‘skullcrushers‘, an exercise you perform when lying on a bench by bringing the bar down from above your chest, to above your head.
There are actually a couple of variations of this exercise that you can perform, depending on the specific area of the tricep you want to develop.
By bringing the bar down to your forehead, this will focus the work on the medial and lateral heads of the triceps brachii.
Alternatively, you can lower the bar behind your head to place the emphasis more on the long head of the muscle (making sure not to go too low and turning the exercise into a pullover).
With CAP Barbells impressive reputation for developing world class fitness equipment, it’s no surprise that the CAP Barbell EZ curl bar has such a high number of 5 star reviews.
Despite not being as pricey as a treadmill or elliptical trainer, it can still be useful to do a little research into these reviews, to find out the major pros and cons.
Although we would always recommend reading through these reviews in full, for convenience we’ve also provided a list of these pros and cons below, chosen from the 100+ reviews on Amazon.
- Curve is less dramatic than on similar bars, creating a more natural grip position
- Rubber washer attached to each threaded section, helping to grip the weight plates securely without damaging them
- Knurling placed along the main grip sections makes the bar easier to grip
- High weight capacity
- Not ideal if you want to change the weight quickly for drop sets or supersets, due to the spin-lock collars.
Buying a set of spring collars is recommended for faster weight changes.
- Knurling is useful for grip but can rub against your hands when using heavier weights.
A good set of weightlifting gloves is recommended if you plan on using more than 100 lb