Barbell Reverse Curl

Barbell Reverse Curl


This exercise involves holding a barbell with an overhand grip and curling it towards your shoulders, targeting the muscles in your forearms and biceps. It is a variation of the traditional bicep curl and can be performed standing or seated.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Barbell Reverse Curl Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold the barbell with an overhand grip, palms facing down.
  2. Keep your elbows close to your body and curl the barbell up towards your chest, exhaling as you lift.
  3. Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position, inhaling as you lower.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Barbell Reverse Curl Form & Visual

Barbell Reverse Curl

Barbell Reverse Curl Benefits

  • Targets the brachioradialis muscle in the forearm
  • Improves grip strength
  • Helps with everyday activities that require forearm strength, such as carrying groceries or opening jars
  • Can be done with a relatively light weight, making it accessible for beginners
  • Variations of the exercise can be done with dumbbells or cables for added variety

Barbell Reverse Curl Muscles Worked

  • Brachioradialis
  • Biceps brachii
  • Brachialis

Barbell Reverse Curl Variations & Alternatives