Barbell reverse curl exercise

Barbell reverse curl

Exercise details

  • Target muscle: Brachioradialis
  • Synergists: Biceps Brachii, Brachialis
  • Important stabilizers: Wrist Extensors
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Force: Pull

Starting position

  1. Stand holding a barbell using a shoulder-width pronated (overhand) grip.


  1. Keeping your elbows by your sides, exhale as you curl the barbell up until your forearms are nearly vertical.
  2. Inhale as you lower the barbell back to the starting position in a controlled manner.
  3. Repeat.

Comments and tips

  • Keep your body still.
  • Control the movement. Don’t swing the barbell.
  • Using an EZ bar for the barbell reverse curl may be easier on your wrists.
  • Unlike what many people think, the barbell reverse curl targets your brachioradialis (a muscle in your forearm), not your biceps brachii or brachialis.
  • The barbell reverse curl is an effective exercise for building both the forearm and upper arm.
  • See also the dumbbell reverse curl and the weight plate reverse curl.

Barbell reverse curl video


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