University Recreation


Barbell Curl

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Biceps
Secondary Muscles: Forearms
Body Area: Legs, Arms
Modality Types: Machines Machines, Free Weights Free Weights
Equipment: Barbell, Cybex Eagle Arm Curl

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Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • With your hands shoulder-width apart, grip a barbell with an underhand grip
  • Stand straight up with your shoulders squared and with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Let the bar hang down at arms length in front of you
  • WITHOUT leaning back or swinging the weight, curl the bar up toward your chest in an arc
  • Keep your elbows stable and close to your sides
  • Bring the weight up as high as you can and squeeze the biceps at the top
  • Lower the weight slowly, resisting all the way down until your arms are nearly straight


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