Training Tips: How to do Barbell Bicep Curls

October 07, 2015

Training Tips: How to Bicep Curl

Barbell Bicep Curls seem like a simple exercise, but if you really want to start upping your weight while avoiding injury, you need to follow these key tips. If done correctly, you can reinforce core muscle development while building real strength in your favorite “show” muscles, the biceps.

One of the easiest way to improve your Barbell Bicep Curls is to perfect your starting position. Good form will allow you to increase your mass gains (just read rule #4 of The 5 Laws of Gaining Muscle Mass to find out why). The graphic above points out some key aspects of the starting position.

Braced Core

Bracing your core requires that you stand as straight as possible with your shoulders back while flexing your abdominals, glutes, and quads at the same time. This will protect your back and reinforce good posture while allowing you to avoid “cheating” the rep by swaying the rest of your body to curl the bar.

Locked Arms at the Start of Each Rep

Full range of motion reinforces good form and allows you to work your entire bicep with each repetition. At the bottom of each rep of your Barbell Bicep Curls you should have your arms locked out (straight). Be careful not snap them into this position though; gently release into this position at the end of each rep.

Elbows Stay Glued to Your Sides

This goes in line with the “braced core” cue. Make sure you keep your elbows stationary at your sides as much as possible during the entire exercise. This will further isolate the biceps, enhance your range of motion, and avoid more “cheating” reps.

Grip Barbell Outside of Your Legs

Proper starting position is very important. If the barbell is on a rack, position the height so that it comes up to about halfway up your thighs. Walk up to the bar and stand against it with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lock out your arms at your sides with your palms facing the bar. With your outside of your hands touching your thighs, grip the bar. You’re now in position to lift the weight for your Barbell Bicep Curls.

Locked Knees

Again, locking your knees is to reinforce core bracing and focus your effort on the curl; just make sure you don’t keep them like this when you set down the weight.

These cues should reinforce full range of motion with each rep, focus attention on the muscles you’re trying to work (the biceps), and improve your posture and core strength development.

If following these cues for your entire set is too difficult, it probably means that you’re using too much weight. Lighten up and maintain form. You’re building your muscle, not your ego.

Finally, be sure to follow the Sheer Strength Gym Etiquette Rule concerning barbell curls. Don’t be a gym jerk.

The post Training Tips: How to do Barbell Bicep Curls appeared first on .

Also in NewBlog

Collagen peptide powder in a large ceramic spoon.
The Scientific Benefits of Collagen Peptides

September 13, 2018

Continue Reading

Functional Smoothies That Won’t Just Give You a Sugar Rush

January 26, 2017

SheerBlogImage12 (1)Smoothie (pl. smoothies) A person, usually a man, who is slick and sure of themselves. Slang. Derogatory A thick drink based on pureed fruit Smoothies (of the latter variety) have gained popularity in recent years, especially in (but not limited to) health and fitness circles. They are seen as the ultimate in liquid food an...

Continue Reading

Gym Gear: What You Need And What’s a Waste of Money

January 19, 2017

SheerBlogImage8  Some people roll up to the gym with nothing but an iPod and headphones while others bring a body sized gym bag packed full of accessories. Some of these may be very valuable and help you progress faster toward your goals while others may be completely unnecessary. This guide covers what actually benefits you […]

The post <...

Continue Reading

All statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary

© 2018 Sheer Strength Labs - All rights Reserved
15950 Dallas Parkway, STE 400 Dallas, TX 75248, USA 888-822-3372