Biceps Curls with Barbell

Biceps Curls with Barbell

Instructions for performing Barbell Biceps Curls. This exercise primarily targets the biceps, but it also works the forearms and shoulders to some extent. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Video Instructions on How to Do Biceps Curls with Barbell

Barbell Biceps Curls:

Muscles Targeted:

  • Primary: Biceps brachii
  • Secondary: Brachialis, brachioradialis, forearm muscles

Equipment Needed:

  • Barbell
  • Weight plates

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Setup:
    • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
    • Hold the barbell with an underhand grip (palms facing upward).
    • Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Starting Position:
    • Let the barbell hang at arm’s length in front of you.
    • Keep your elbows close to your torso.
  3. Execution:
    • While keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and curl the weights while contracting your biceps.
    • Continue to raise the bar until your biceps are fully contracted and the bar is at shoulder level.
    • Hold the contracted position for a brief pause as you squeeze your biceps.
  4. Lowering the Bar:
    • Inhale and slowly begin to lower the barbell back to the starting position.
    • Keep control throughout the descent to maximize muscle engagement.
  5. Repeat:
    • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
    • Common rep ranges for building muscle are around 8-12 repetitions per set.


  • Keep your elbows close to your torso throughout the movement.
  • Maintain a straight back and avoid using your back to lift the weight.
  • Focus on controlled, deliberate movements to ensure proper muscle engagement.


  • You can experiment with different grip widths (wider or narrower) to target the biceps from different angles.
  • Perform the exercise sitting on a bench to eliminate any potential body sway.

Safety Considerations:

  • Start with a light weight to get the form right before progressing to heavier loads.
  • If you have any pre-existing conditions or injuries, consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before attempting new exercises.

Always prioritize proper form over lifting heavy weights, and gradually increase the intensity as your strength improves. If you’re unsure about your form, consider seeking guidance from a fitness professional.