I’d tell you why, but CJ explains it better himself:
Drag Curls Using a Smith Machine, Featuring CJ Woodruff
The most important thing to note is that he’s not going that high up.
CJ stops the bar just up under the ribcage – remember, this is an isolation exercise on the long head of the bicep, not a total arm workout.
Why Use the Smith Machine?
This is about pure isolation. For many exercises, CJ trains by “feel” – he’s not worried about moving tons of weight (although he manages to do pretty well in that area) – and when using the Smith, you can focus all of your energy into one place.
If you’ve been told to do drag curls, but you find yourself getting too much back and shoulders into it, then give this a shot.
I liked these because I suffer from that very problem – my back and shoulders get involved way too often. Sometimes that’s fun, especially when going to exhaustion on standard curls. But when you are a bodybuilder like CJ, and need to work a specific muscle, a controlled movement goes a long way.
ARE YOU CLOWNS DOING CURLS IN THE SQUAT RACK?!?!!NO! This is the Smith Machine, a multi-faceted machine that most hardcore squatters aren’t going to be upset about.
But… it is mainly a machine used for leg movements. So if it’s busy at your gym, and lots of people are waiting around to do legs, then please oh please don’t do this right then.
Act wisely and respectfully – We take no responsibility for you upsetting any soccer moms for doing drag curls in their precious Smith Machine during a busy night.
About CJ Woodruff
CJ is Austin’s finest personal trainer. This video was recorded when he was ten weeks out from his physique competition. Follow CJ on Facebook – his feed is great!