EZ Bar Curl Exercise Guide & Video

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Watch EZ Bar Curl

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Step 1. Stand straight with an EZ bar in front of you. Take the bar with a roughly shoulder-width grip. This grip is designed to relieve any pressure on your elbows or wrists.

Step 2. Keeping your elbows at your side and your shoulders in place, curl the bar upwards without using your bodyweight to help move the weight.

Step 3. Squeeze the muscle at the top of the motion.

Step 4. Lower the weight until your arms are straight.


The EZ bar curl has many of the same benefits of the barbell curl, but it is often performed by those with wrists or elbow problems. The angled grip of the bar puts the hands in a more comfortable position, taking any strain off the wrist, forearm, or elbow. However, the angle of the grip also makes this exercise an exercise that works the outer bicep head. The same risks to the low back apply as applied when performing a standing dumbbell curl. While EZ bar curl will not develop bicep mass to the same degree as the barbell curl, it is a good substitute for those who require the benefit of reduced wrist pressure. To better isolate the bicep muscles, this exercise be performed on a preacher bench.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015