With more and more people now looking to shed the pounds and lean up and build a great looking physique complete with heaps of lean muscle mass it’s no wonder that more and more people are hitting the gym on a regular basis, lifting weights in order to improve their bodies.
Video explanations included at bottom of this post!
Whilst it’s important to work each and every main muscle group, it can’t be denied that the arms and biceps are arguably the first muscle that people tend to notice. As far as bicep exercises go, preacher curls are up there as one of the best exercises possible, especially when you’re looking to really isolate the biceps.
They can be performed using the EZ bar (see our guide to Preacher Curls with the EZ bar here), or using dumbbells.
Why perform preacher curls?
To build a great looking physique, you need to have plenty of variety in your workouts in order to ensure you don’t repeat the same exercises over and over. Preacher curls are great because they don’t require heavy weights, and they really allow you to isolate the biceps.
Another great benefit of preacher curls is that they’re great for improving the peak of the biceps.
How to perform a standard incline dumbbell preacher curl:
- Begin by standing behind an incline bench, with the incline set at around 75 degrees.
- Take a dumbbell in one hand, and then place that same arm on top of the bench, with your upper arm on the top and your armpit resting at the very top.
- With the dumbbell at shoulder level and your palm facing towards you, slowly lower the dumbbell downwards until your arm is nearly fully extended.
- One you can’t lower your arm anymore, bring the dumbbell back to the starting position and once contracted, hold and focus on squeezing the muscle as hard as you can.
- Repeat for as many reps as required and then do exactly the same thing with the opposite arm.