Standing Barbell Concentration Curl

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Standing Barbell Concentration Curl

The Standing Barbell Concentration Curl is a strength training exercise that primarily targets the brachialis and biceps brachii muscles of the arms. This is a challenging variation of the concentration curl, but instead of using dumbbells, barbells are used.

Despite the engagement of the lower back and core, the primary focus remains on isolating and targeting the arm muscles. This can be an effective way to add variety to your arm training routine and potentially stimulate muscle growth.

How to do:

Standing Barbell Concentration Curl


  1. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Hold a barbell with both hands using a supinated (palms facing forward) grip, with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  3. Lean your upper body forward at the hips until it is nearly parallel to the floor. This forward lean helps isolate the biceps and engage the stabilizer muscles.
  4. Place your elbows on your thighs or knees for support, allowing your arms to hang straight down, fully extended.
  5. With your upper arms stationary, curl the barbell upwards towards your chest by flexing your elbows.
  6. Squeeze your biceps at the top of the movement.
  7. Slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position, fully extending your arms.

Comments and Tips:

  1. This exercise differs from the traditional seated concentration curl as it requires you to stand and lean forward, which engages more stabilizer muscles to maintain balance.
  2. Keep your body still during the exercise; only your forearms should be moving.
  3. Maintain a neutral position for your back and neck to ensure safety and reduce the risk of injury.
  4. Avoid fully locking out your elbows as you straighten your arms during the lowering phase to maintain tension on the biceps.

Remember to use an appropriate weight for your fitness level, use proper form, and perform the exercise with controlled movements to maximize its effectiveness and minimize the risk of injury.

Standing Barbell Concentration Curl : Benefits


  1. Brachialis Emphasis: The brachialis, a muscle located beneath the biceps, is a significant target of this exercise. Developing the brachialis not only contributes to the size of your arms but also enhances overall arm strength. This can be especially beneficial for activities that involve pulling or lifting.
  2. Biceps Growth: While the brachialis is a primary focus, the biceps brachii also get actively engaged during the exercise. This dual muscle activation ensures balanced arm development, helping you achieve well-rounded biceps.
  3. Forearm Strengthening: Your forearm muscles play a crucial role in controlling the barbell during the curling motion. As a result, this exercise can help strengthen your forearm muscles, which is valuable for grip strength and various everyday tasks.
  4. Core Engagement: Maintaining proper form during the Standing Barbell Concentration Curl requires core engagement. Your core muscles work to stabilize your spine and maintain proper posture, preventing excessive arching or rounding of the lower back. This engagement helps protect the lower back and supports overall stability during the exercise.
  5. Hip Hinge Practice: The exercise involves a hip hinge movement pattern, similar to other compound exercises like deadlifts and bent-over rows. Practicing this movement pattern can improve your hip hinge technique, which is valuable for overall strength training.

Adding variety to your arm training routine can help prevent boredom and plateaus in progress. The Standing Barbell Concentration Curl offers a different stimulus compared to other bicep exercises, helping you challenge your muscles in new ways.

Standing Barbell Concentration Curl: Muscles Worked

Target - Brachialis
Synergists - Biceps Brachii
Synergists - Brachioradialis
Stabilizers - Wrist Flexors
Stabilizers - Erector Spinae
Stabilizers - Hamstring
Stabilizers - Gluteus Maximus
Stabilizers - Quadriceps
Stabilizers - Adductor Magnus
Antagonist Stabilizers - R. Abdominis
Antagonist Stabilizers - Obliques
Standing Barbell Concentration Curl muscles worked

Standing Barbell Concentration Curl: Variations