How to Do Cable Curl With Bar: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Muscles Worked in Cable Curls With Bar

Muscles worked in Cable Curl With Bar

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Cable Curls With Bar

  1. Fasten a bar in the lower position of a cable cross. Grip the bar with an underhand (supinated) grip, hands about shoulder-width apart, and take a step back.
  2. Lift the bar with control, by flexing your elbows.
  3. Don’t let your upper arm travel back during the curl, keep it still or move it slightly forward.
  4. Reverse the movement and lower the bar back to the starting position.


The cable curl is an alternative to the barbell curl that offers more of a constant tension on your muscles throughout the movement. Because the direction of pull is slightly diagonal to the ground, it is harder for the arm flexors to relax in this exercise. This might be beneficial for muscle growth.

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