Close Grip Bicep Curl


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Close Grip Bicep Curl

This Bicep Exercise uses a Barbell and Close Grip to Pack on Weight and Isolate your Biceps

Welcome to our Close Grip Bicep Curl Exercise Instruction Guide!

On this page you’ll learn how to do this version of the bicep curl using the correct technique. Below you’ll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other bicep exercises so you can immediately add to your bicep workouts.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name: Close Grip Bicep Curl
Main Muscle: Biceps
Secondary Muscle(s): Forearms
Exercise Type: Pull, Isolation
Equipment Required: Barbell

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This version of the Bicep Curl is utilizes a barbell to pack on weight and a close grip to isolate your biceps.

To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, your knees slightly bent and your abs drawn in.
  2. Grasp a barbell with an underhand close (4 inch) grip on the innermost part of the bar.
  3. Extend your arms fully so that the bar rests just above your thighs.
  4. While, bending only your elbows, raise the bar to your upper chest.
  5. Pause for a moment and then return to the starting position.


  1. Do not swing your hips or back during this exercise.
  2. Concentrate on keeping your elbows in a fixed position.Stand with your back against a wall or post if you are having trouble keeping from swinging.


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Final Related Pages:

Or, check out these other pages of interest:

  • All Weight Training Exercises
  • Bicep Workouts and Tricep Workouts
  • Best Bicep Exercises
  • Barbell Exercises / Body Weight Exercises / Cable Exercises / Dumbbell Exercises

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