Dumbbells and kettlebells are training staples, but if you’re aiming to develop your biceps and triceps, there’s another underrated tool out there that you just might want in your home gym. That tool is the EZ curl bar, which has wrist-friendly curves that make it easier to grip than traditional straight bars—and has some underrated uses, too.
Thanks to Bowflex, you can finally have a fully loaded one in your living room (or garage, or basement, or wherever else you may train). Meet the Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Adjustable Barbell, a just-released solution that sets you up to do everything. It’s a potent gym tool in the right hands, offering enough load (up to 120 pounds) to challenge you on most exercises, and quick adjustments that make it useful in a variety of situations.
Best of all, it comes with both a standard mini-barbell attachment and that EZ curl bar. That means you can use the straight bar for, say, floor presses and barbell shoulder presses, and you can easily switch to the EZ bar for biceps and forearm curls.
The setup has quickly become a staple in my home gym. I have dumbbells, kettlebells, and a barbell, but when the SelectTech 2080 arrived, I was quick to embrace it. Some exercises, like decline skullcrushers, just work better with an EZ bar, letting you focus less on fighting a straight bar and more on flexing your triceps. I’ve been able to get better triceps pumps and play more with mechanical drop sets and pauses.
I can also do traditional drop sets with it, too. At first I was skeptical that I’d be able to do this; it doesn’t look like it’ll let you change out weights quickly. And no, it’s not quite as fluid as, say, running the full rack of dumbbells at your gym. But after getting used to it, I was able to swap weights in under 10 seconds, perfect for a basic biceps curl drop set.
Both the EZ bar and the included mini-barbell are durable, and Bowflex chooses to make them solidly long, nearly 5 feet when fully loaded. On the one hand, that means you need a decent amount of room for the SelectTech 2080 (I happily rearranged my garage gym to make it work). But on the other hand, it means you’re getting a gym-quality tool that’ll challenge you both with load and with a length you have to balance.
It’s all perfect for developing powerful biceps and horseshoe triceps.
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