How to Do a Barbell Curl at the Gym

Learn how to do barbell curls from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this Howcast gym workout video.

Hi, guys. This is Max Tapper for Howcast. What I’m going to do today is show you guys how to do a basic barbell curl. What a barbell curl is, is this ball. We call it a barbell. There’s two different handles on it. There’s the wide grip, which I find more comfortable and neutral for your wrists, and there’s the close grip. I don’t always like to use this grip, because I feel like it puts a lot of tension on my wrists and my elbows. I stay here for the safety, and you know what, you can try any which one you want, whichever feels more comfortable you can go ahead and do.

This is going to be the way to do a barbell curl. We’re going to keep our elbows to the side of our body. You’ll be starting from this position. Lifting slowly and controlled up to the top. Pause. Slowly controlled all the way back down to the bottom. Here we go again. Slow and controlled to the top. All the way back down to the bottom.

The one thing I want you to notice, I’m going to turn to the side so you can see, is I want you to make sure your elbows are staying in place. They’re stopping here, and you’re not looking like this. Once those elbows move, you’re using too much of your shoulder and less of your biceps. Our goal, again, will be to lock it in, elbow stays there, and this is the end of my motion. Slow and controlled.

Alright, guys? That is a basic barbell curl. Get out there. Try it. Remember, use a moderate weight that you can handle. Too heavy is not going to do anything for anybody. just go out there and get some results.