Lightweight aluminum without screws. Can sustain up to 300 pounds. Adjustable neck strap. Includes workout glove grip coverage. Comfortable cushioning. High-quality for the price.
Consider working out in a T-shirt; straps may rub your skin if you wear a tank top.
Thick-gauge aluminum, strong rivets, and padded and adjustable nylon belt. Contoured plate keeps back and elbows locked in position. Thick elbow and neck padding. Fully adjustable strap. Works with dumbbells or barbells. Will change your workout for the better.
May put a little strain on your lower back if your core isn't in good shape. This will get better over time and help strengthen your back.
Black arm blaster with heavy plastic buckle for clip. Adjustable. Rigid metal design. Includes quick-release neck strap with foam neck padding. Reduces swinging on bicep curls. Helps people with bad backs stay balanced.
Works better for average height customers. Those under 5 feet tall and over 6 feet tall may have trouble adjusting to fit. Neck padding could be thicker.
Made with thick-gauge aluminum. Padded abdomen, elbow, and neck pads. Adjustable belt made of heavy-duty webbed nylon. Neoprene neck pad. Double rivets to secure nylon strap. Comfortable unless your core isn't strong. Great for curls.
Straps may start sliding as your weights approach 70 pounds, so plan on adjusting when you hit that level.
Contoured, thick-gauge aluminum design with padded elbow and neck support. Heavy plastic buckle for clip security. Adjustable webbed nylon hook-and-loop strap. Neoprene neck pad. Imitates preacher curl exercise. Sturdy. Lightweight. Helps keep strain and stress off the back.
May have difficulty supporting weights of 100 pounds and up.
Arm blasters, which help you do curls at home, are a great way for a health enthusiast to get an awesome workout without going to the gym.
There are two basic types of curls: bicep curls and preacher curls. Bicep curls, also known as free curls because you’re not resting or bracing your arms against anything, are the most common. Among the various bicep curls are hammer curls, incline bicep curls (lying on an inclined surface), seated bicep curls, and reverse bicep curls. You can do these types of curls anywhere, as they don’t require specialized equipment. Even the inclined plane can be made with a couple of boards and some cinder blocks.
Preacher curls are a bit different. You need something to brace your arms against so you don’t swing them and build up momentum. This forces you to work the muscles in your arms, biceps, and triceps more rigorously than you would with a bicep curl. Unfortunately, the machines you use in the gym to assist you with these curls are specialized and expensive, and they require a lot of space.
There is a better answer. Let’s take a look at some arm blasters, which have a brace across the midriff and a strap around the neck so you can do preacher curls without a heavy machine.
Arm blasters give you the ability to perform preacher curls anywhere, anytime. Whether you don’t have a gym membership, don’t have a gym nearby, or simply aren’t able to get to the gym on a given day, you can perform preacher curls at home or on the road. Just throw them in your backpack or the trunk of your car, and you’re good to go.
Gym memberships can be pricey. An arm blaster, on the other hand, can be had for a one-time payment and used repeatedly for years to come. You get the same benefits as using gym equipment but without the ongoing membership cost. If you want to do preacher curls but also want to save some money, this is a great way to do it.
There aren’t a lot of extra features available on arm blasters. These are simply curved pieces of metal that fit across your midriff with two curved and padded cups on either side to brace your arms above the elbows. A padded strap around your neck holds the arm blaster in place.
For the most part, the metal brace on arm blasters is made from heavy-gauge aluminum to hold down the weight. Webbed nylon straps are attached to the bar with brass rivets, and the neck padding on the strap is typically made of neoprene, the same material that wetsuits are made of.
The only variable seems to be in the strap adjustment buckle. Some are metal and some are heavy-duty plastic. Aside from that, arm blasters are all manufactured using similar materials.
The weight of arm blasters sits within a small range, usually from 1.4 pounds to 2.2 pounds. It’s very rare to find an arm blaster that weighs more than three pounds.
Some manufacturers only offer basic black with their company logo on it. Others offer a range of colors, from soft gray to hot pink. Several offer a patriotic version with the stars and stripes.
Arm blaster packages can include more than just the arm blaster itself. Some packages include extras that aren’t necessary but do make your workout easier, including the following.
Workout gloves or wearable grips: These help eliminate slipping due to sweat.
Removable rubberized or silicone grips: You can put these on your weights. They give you a larger area to grip in addition to eliminating sweat buildup on the weights.
A weight bar: You can use this to position and hold your own bar weights. With a weight bar, you can perform heavier double-arm curls with larger weights.
There isn’t much variation among prices for arm blasters. This makes sense because they’re all made from essentially the same materials and with the same design. The average price on the low end is $28 to $30.
If add-ons are included, the price may be a little higher. For $30 to $35, for example, you might find arm blasters that include rubberized or wearable grips.
Arm blasters that include a weight bar and/or an instructional video as well as the extra grips, might cost round $45. This is the top of the range for arm blasters.
Your bicep muscles are on the top of your upper arm. Your tricep muscles are under the upper arm. Slowly lifting a weight flexes the biceps; slowly lowering a weight flexes the triceps. A preacher curl helps you work both of the sets of muscles better than the free-swinging motion of a curl without a machine.
A preacher curl helps eliminate the motion of your shoulders that can “cheat” the weight you’re lifting. If you can’t swing your shoulders, you can’t swing the weight, either. This forces you to work your biceps and triceps more effectively.
Curls should be done with a slow, steady motion when you’re raising weights. You should lower the weights in the same slow, steady motion. Letting the weights drop won’t exercise your triceps.
When starting each workout, begin with light weights and a low repetition so you can warm up your muscles and joints. Then, when you’re ready, switch to heavier weights and higher reps to build strength.
We like this full-featured Cannon Curl Arm Blaster + Fit Grips and Bar. It's a high-priced package that delivers everything you need to work your biceps and triceps with individual weights or on the bar. The fit grips are silicone and can be used on individual weights or on the bar. We also like this Vikingstrength Bicep Tricep Arm Blaster. The wide aluminum band and adjustable strap make it a perfect fit for anyone who needs to build up their biceps and triceps.
Q. How high or low should the metal bar be on my body?
A. Position the bar so the top of it is just below your breast muscle and still on your rib cage.
Q. Can the bar be positioned below the rib cage?
A. Yes, but that is not advisable. You’d be putting too much of the wrong sort of pressure on your stomach muscles.
Q. How much weight I can lift without bending the aluminum bar?
A. The maximum for the aluminum bar is usually 500 to 600 pounds, but anything over 300 pounds is going to be extremely painful for your ribs where the bar presses on them.
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