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Barbell Preacher Curl

Barbell Preacher Curl

The Barbell Preacher Curl is an effective bicep exercise that targets the brachialis and brachioradialis muscles in your upper arm. This exercise can help you build strength and size in your biceps, contributing to a well-rounded upper body. The name "preacher curl" comes from the preacher bench, a specialized piece of equipment commonly used for this exercise. To perform the Barbell Preacher Curl, you will need a preacher bench and a barbell with the desired weight. This exercise primarily isolates the biceps by keeping your upper arms fixed on the preacher bench pad, allowing for a strict movement and minimizing cheating or momentum. By eliminating swinging or using other muscles for assistance, you can more effectively target the biceps. Executing this exercise correctly involves gripping the barbell with an underhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart. Position yourself facing down on the preacher bench, allowing your armpits to rest on the top part of the pad. Your chest should be pressed against the pad, and your arms should be fully extended. Maintaining good form, exhale as you curl the barbell up towards your shoulders while keeping your upper arms on the pad. Squeeze your biceps at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position while inhaling. Incorporating the Barbell Preacher Curl into your workout routine can help target and strengthen your biceps. Remember to start with a weight that challenges your muscles but allows you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. As with any exercise, it's important to warm up before attempting heavier weights and to listen to your body, adjusting the weight as needed. Regularly incorporating this exercise into your routine along with a well-rounded training program can help maximize your arm strength and muscle development.


  • Start by setting up a preacher curl bench and placing a barbell in front of it.
  • Sit on the bench and position yourself with your chest against the angled pad and your arms fully extended, holding the barbell with an underhand grip.
  • Keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale as you curl the weight up towards your shoulder.
  • Pause for a brief moment, squeezing your biceps at the top of the movement.
  • Inhale as you slowly lower the weight back down to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring proper form and control throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form and technique throughout the entire exercise.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with good form and gradually increase the weight as you get stronger.
  • Engage your biceps and avoid using momentum by contracting the muscle while lifting and lowering the weight.
  • Ensure that your upper arm and elbow remain stationary against the preacher bench and don't allow them to move or swing.
  • Control the movement by lowering the weight in a slow and controlled manner, fully extending your arms at the bottom.
  • Exhale as you curl the weight up and inhale as you lower it back down to maintain proper breathing.
  • Keep your wrists straight and avoid excessive wrist flexion or extension during the exercise.
  • Include variations in grip width, such as a narrow underhand grip or wider overhand grip, to target different areas of the biceps.
  • Incorporate other exercises like hammer curls and concentration curls to add variety and work different parts of the biceps.
  • Ensure that you warm up your muscles properly before performing the barbell preacher curl to reduce the risk of injury.


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