Barbell Curl

Barbell Curl


Utility: Basic
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Pull



Grasp bar with shoulder width underhand grip.


With elbows to side, raise bar until forearms are vertical. Lower until arms are fully extended. Repeat.


When elbows are fully flexed, they can travel forward slightly allowing forearms to be no more than vertical. This additional movement allows for relative release of tension in muscles between repetitions. Exercise can also be performed with straight barbell. Movement with cambered bar as shown above is also known as EZ Barbell Curl or EZ Bar Curl. Also see mechanical analysis of arm curl and question regarding elbow position.

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