Cheat Curl

Cheat Curl


The cheat curl is a weightlifting exercise that involves using momentum to lift a barbell or dumbbell from a lowered position to the shoulders. It is often used as a variation of the traditional bicep curl to increase the amount of weight lifted and target different muscle fibers. However, it is important to use proper form and not rely solely on momentum to avoid injury.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Cheat Curl Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing up.
  2. Keeping your elbows close to your sides, curl the dumbbells up towards your shoulders.
  3. As you reach the top of the curl, twist your wrists so that your palms are facing down.
  4. Lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position with your palms facing up.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Cheat Curl Form & Visual

Cheat Curl

Cheat Curl Benefits

  • Targets the biceps muscles
  • Allows for heavier weights to be lifted compared to traditional bicep curls
  • Can help break through plateaus in bicep strength and size
  • Engages the forearms and grip strength as well
  • Can be used as a variation in bicep workouts for added variety and challenge

Cheat Curl Muscles Worked

  • Biceps brachii
  • Brachialis
  • Brachioradialis

Cheat Curl Variations & Alternatives

  • Reverse grip cheat curl
  • Standing cheat curl
  • Seated cheat curl
  • One-arm cheat curl
  • Close-grip cheat curl