Barbell Preacher Curl

Barbell Preacher Curl

The Barbell Preacher Curl is a highly effective upper body exercise that specifically targets the biceps muscles. It is performed using a preacher bench and a barbell, making it an excellent choice for isolating and building strength in the biceps. This exercise allows for a strict form with limited involvement of other muscle groups, ensuring maximum tension and stimulation on the biceps. By placing the upper arms flat against the angled pad of the preacher bench, the exercise helps to minimize swinging or cheating movements often seen in other bicep exercises. This strict isolation not only enhances muscle activation but also reduces the risk of injury. The Barbell Preacher Curl can be performed using a variety of grips, such as supinated (palms facing up), pronated (palms facing down), or neutral grip, to target the biceps from different angles. By altering the grip, individuals can place emphasis on specific areas of the biceps, contributing to a well-rounded development of this muscle group. When performed with proper form and controlled movements, the Barbell Preacher Curl can help increase bicep muscle size, strength, and definition. It can be incorporated into upper body workouts or arm-focused routines, whether you are training at home or in the gym. Regularly including this exercise in your training regimen can yield impressive results and contribute to well-developed arms.


  • Position yourself on a preacher curl bench, ensuring your chest and shoulders are fully supported.
  • With a shoulder-width grip, grab the barbell with an underhand grip (palms facing up).
  • Rest your upper arms on the angled pad of the preacher bench, making sure your armpits are snugly pressed against it.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor, maintaining a slight arch in your lower back.
  • Exhale and slowly curl the barbell towards your shoulders, focusing on contracting your biceps. Keep your upper arms stationary throughout the movement.
  • Continue curling until your biceps are fully contracted and the barbell is at shoulder level.
  • Hold the contracted position for a brief pause, and squeeze your biceps.
  • Inhale and gradually lower the barbell back to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat the movement for the recommended number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on the mind-muscle connection during each repetition.
  • Use slow and controlled movements to maximize muscle engagement.
  • Ensure proper form and technique to prevent injury.
  • Gradually increase the weight to challenge your muscles.
  • Incorporate variations such as wide grip or close grip to target different parts of the biceps.
  • Keep your core engaged and maintain a stable body position throughout the exercise.
  • Don't forget to warm up before starting and cool down afterwards to prevent muscle soreness.
  • Listen to your body and adjust the weight and repetitions according to your fitness level.
  • Include a mixture of compound exercises and isolation exercises in your overall workout routine.
  • Make sure to fuel your body with adequate nutrition, including protein and carbohydrates, to support muscle growth and recovery.


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