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

Dumbbell Wrist Curl exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Dumbbell Wrist Curls

Muscles worked in dumbbell wrist curls

Primary muscles worked:

How to Do Dumbbell Wrist Curls

  1. Grab a dumbbell with an underhand grip and rest your forearm against your thigh, or alternatively against a bench.
  2. Lower your hand towards the floor, and let the dumbbell roll out in your fingers.
  3. Reverse the motion by closing your grip and bending your wrist upwards.


Dumbbell 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 barbell, or rest your forearm against a bench instead of your legs.

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