standing barbell curls

Muscle Groups

arms biceps
Standing barbell curls are a fundamental weightlifting exercise that focus on developing the biceps brachii muscle, which is located at the front of the upper arm. The exercise involves holding a barbell with an underhand grip and curling it upward toward the shoulders. This movement primarily works the biceps, but also engages the brachialis and brachioradialis muscles. To perform the standing barbell curl, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding the barbell with an underhand grip and hands shoulder-width apart. Keeping the elbows close to the body and the shoulders stabilized, curl the barbell up towards the shoulders, exhaling as you lift it. Pause briefly at the top, then slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position. It's important to keep the back straight and avoid swinging the weight or using momentum to lift it. Variations of the standing barbell curl include using different grip widths or a preacher bench for added support.