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Barbell Curl

Barbell Bicep Curl

Free Weights / Beginner
  • Biceps
  • Forearms
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How to do the Barbell Curl - Learn Proper Barbell Curl Form

  1. Step 1: Stand up straight while holding a barbell in a shoulder-width grip.
  2. Step 2: Contract your biceps to curl the weight forward. Your upper arms should remain stationary during this process.
  3. Step 3: Continue moving the barbell until the biceps are fully contracted and the bar is at shoulder height. Hold this position for a second and then squeeze your biceps.
  4. Step 4: Bring the barbell back to the starting position. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Barbell Curl Variations and Barbell Curl Alternatives

  1. Variation 1: Instead of using barbells, hook a straight bar attachment to a low pulley.
  2. Variation 2: Use a closer grip on the barbell.

Barbell Curl Tips

  1. Tip 1: Keep the palms of your hands facing forward.
  2. Tip 2: Your elbows should be held close to your body throughout the exercise.

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Barbell Curl Equipment


Barbell Curl Training Details

The barbell curl is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the biceps and to a lesser degree also targets the forearms.

The only barbell curl equipment that you really need is the following: barbell. There are however many different barbell curl variations that you can try out that may require different types of barbell curl equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper barbell curl form is easy with the step by step barbell curl instructions, barbell curl tips, and the instructional barbell curl technique video on this page. The barbell curl is a pull exercise for those with a beginner level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the barbell curl video, learn how to do the barbell curl, and then be sure and browse through the barbell curl workouts on our workout plans page!

Barbell Curl Sports

Barbell Curl Force Type: Pull
Barbell Curl Mechanics Type: Isolation
Barbell Curl Other Names: Barbell Curls, Barbell Bicep Curls
1 Review
  • AaronV
    over 3 years ago #

    I actually don't like these as much as EZ bar curls, since it can be hard on the wrists.