Barbell Curls

How to do the Barbell Curls

Stand upright with your back and head straight. Grasping a bar of a predetermined weight at shoulder width, slowly raise the weight with your elbows tight into your body. Once the weight has reached the top, slowly lower it with control back to the starting position.

Spotter Information:
A spotter can be used for motivation during this exercise, as well as being in front of the person to help lift the weight.

These are the muscles , equipment and categories of this exercise.

  • PRIMARY: Biceps Brachii
  • Brachialis
  • Forearm
  • Arms
  • Isolation
  • Barbell

Averages for MyFit Users

The table below represents data from over 200,000 exercise logs and gives us an average for this exercise.

Average Weight LiftedAverage Reps One Rep Max Average
51.4 lbs10.4 68.9 lbs

What is a good starting weight?

Based on an average weight lifted of 51.4 lbs for all MyFit users we suggest you start at 50% of that weight:

Try 26 lbs and aim for 12-15 reps.


Workouts Plans with Barbell Curls

Purpose Type Level
Muscular Definition Intermediate
Muscular Definition Beginner
Hypertrophy Advanced
Sport Specific Advanced
Hypertrophy Advanced
Muscular Definition Beginner
Muscular Definition Advanced

Make a Workout

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Tracking Your Weights

There are lots of easy ways to track your sets and reps. One easy way is through a little book that you can take with you to the gym. This book has progress charts, workouts and lots of tools you can use to always make sure you are improving.