- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeStrength
- Equipment RequiredDumbbell
- Force TypePull
- Experience LevelBeginner
- Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group
Alternating Standing Dumbbell Curl Instructions
- The standing dumbbell curl is a good way to correct any strength and size imbalances in the biceps as it works each muscle individually. Set up for the exercise by grasping a set of dumbbells and standing straight up with the dumbbells by your side.
- Your palms should be facing up, and the dumbbells not touching your body.
- Before starting the set, take up the slack by lifting up the weight slightly so the tension is on your bicep muscles.
- Starting with your weakest arm (usually the left), curl the dumbbell up as far as possible.
- Squeeze the bicep at the top of the exercise, and then slowly lower the weight down without it touching your body or taking the tension off your bicep.
- Repeat for the other arm.
- That's one rep. Now repeat for the desired amount of reps to complete the set.
Dumbbell Curl Tips:
- Keep the tension on both of your biceps throughout the set. Do not rest the weights on your body or let them hang down.
- Keep your body fixed throughout the set. No swinging back as you raise the weight!
- Always start with your weakest arm - for most people that will be their left. As a general rule you should always hit your weakest side/body part first.