There are a couple of very sick, twisted and sadistic people out there who deserve to be punished severely.
They are Derek Poundstone and Jason Steeves.
Yes, that Derek Poundstone – the pro strongman competitor.
He’s the one that came up with this craziness.
The other one, Jason Steeves, is someone who I thought I was my friend, but now I know the truth – HE IS NOT – since he’s the one that introduced me to the challenge.
The way he put it, he was “helping me out” with a way to spice up my #AugustOfArms training this month.
But, I think he was actually trying to maim me, brother.
What is the Poundstone Barbell Curl Challenge?
Apparently, for some reason, Derek Poundstone thought it would be a great idea to try to curl an empty barbell for 100 reps.
I guess he started doing this a couple years ago, once a month.
Well, up until a couple weeks back, I had steered clear of this challenge and knew nothing about it.
That’s where Jason Steeves comes in.
The conversation went a little something like this…
Jason: Hey Jedd, I see you’re doing #31DaysOfArms. Ever hear of Derek Poundstone’s 100-rep Empty Barbell Challenge?
Jedd: No man. What is that?
Jason: Oh, just try and curl a barbell 100 times. You’ll love it. It will change your life. Best thing ever. It will help you sleep better at night. You’ll never want to put sugar or salt on your food ever again. You’ll start getting discounts on your meals at fancy restaurants, and so on…
Jedd: OK, I’ll give them a try.
So I moseyed on down to the gym that night and tried it, and I couldn’t believe the PAIN in my biceps.
I couldn’t believe how quickly it went from being easy and feeling like a complete waste of time, to being so ridiculously hard!
I had to double check and make sure Poundstone or Steeves hadn’t actually snuck into my gym and quietly slid a 45-lb plate on each end of the bar, brother!!!
I think the first time I tried it, I got 24 reps and I couldn’t believe how pathetic I felt.
I must have been having a bad day.
I HAD to try it one more time.
Trying the Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl Challenge
Here is the second day I tried the Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl Challenge:
So I post the video above and who comes and leaves a comment below? Jason Steeves himself.
Jason: “You had more Jedd!!! Where was the fire to blast out another 15? The last rep looked just as crisp as the first. If you were really bagged physically I would’ve seen them slowing down. Get mad!! Get your 50!!!!”
Jedd: “I will do it again tonight duuuuuuude!”
True to my word, I picked my poison again and hit the challenge that night.
Here it was:
Poundstone Barbell Curl 100 Rep Challenge
And just like someone who is hooked on crystal meth, now, I can’t stop doing these.
Just like someone who gets hooked on pain killers, and they need more and more and more, now I even find myself trying this challenge WITH EXTRA WEIGHT ON THE BAR.
Do you see how crazy this is?
Poundstone Curls with Weight Added – Purely Crazy Barbell Curl Challenge
And now, just like a drug dealer who pushes their addiction on others, I’m pushing this Poundstone Barbell Curl Challenge on YOU, brother.
Honestly, just like I talk about in Call to Arms, I don’t like mindless reps when training PERIOD, let alone when training arms.
I don’t like just standing there and curling weight just to hit a target number.
I like squeezing each rep and having control over the bar or dumbbell, so that each rep has a purpose.
But this Poundstone Empty Barbell Curl 100-Rep Challenge thing has been different.
I want to keep on pushing the envelope to see where it will take me.
If you want a crazy, illogical, bicep curl challenge, then give this a try my friend!
Let me know what you think.
All the best in your training.
P.S. Regardless of the fact that the barbell is empty, it KILLS my wrists and forearms if I don’t use Globe Gripz. If Barbell Curls hurt you, you need to get some of these life savers.
P.P.S. I have no heat against Derek Poundstone or Jason Steeves regarding this Barbell Challenge. That was all a work.