Reverse Grip Preacher Curl

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Forearms
Secondary Muscle(s) Biceps
Equipment Barbell
Emphasis Isolation
Type Pull

Reverse Grip Preacher Curl Instructions

  • Grab the bar with an overhand (pronated) grip and get into a starting position with the upper arms and chest situated against the padding.
  • To start, the bar is roughly shoulder height.
  • Lower the bar slowly until your arms are fully extended but there is still a slight bend in the elbow.
    • Feel your biceps and forearms elongating and controlling the motion.
  • For this movement especially, the eccentric portion is just as important as the concentric.
    • Don't just drop the bar from the top.
  • Curl the bar to the starting position using your bicep and no added momentum.


  • Your upper arms and body should remain fixed for the whole exercise. Only your forearms should move.
  • The muscle used first will be used the most.
    • Momentum will negate the movement.
  • The purpose of the reverse preacher curl is to isolate the brachioradialis.
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