How to Do Barbell Wrist Curl: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Barbell Wrist Curl exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Barbell Wrist Curls

Muscles worked in barbell wrist curl

Primary muscles worked:

How to Do Barbell Wrist Curls

  1. Grab a barbell with an underhand grip and rest your forearms against your thighs, or alternatively against a bench.
  2. Lower your hands towards the floor, and let the barbell roll out in your fingers.
  3. Reverse the motion by closing your grip and bending your wrists upwards.


Barbell wrist curls train the muscles in the forearm that flexes (bends) the wrist and closes your hand. As an alternative, you can perform the exercise with a dumbbell, or rest your forearms against a bench instead of your legs.

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