EZ-Bar Curl

The standing EZ-bar curl is an immensely popular exercise targeting the biceps. It is commonly performed for moderate to high reps as part of an upper body or arms-focused workout. Many gyms even have EZ-bars at fixed weights, allowing for easy weight changes.


  1. Many lifters find the EZ-bar easier on the wrists, elbows, and shoulders than a straight bar
  2. Builds size and strength in biceps
  3. Easy to make more difficult by controlling tempo or adding pauses

EZ-Bar Curl Images


EZ-Bar Curl Instructions

EZ-Bar Curl muscle diagram
  1. Stand up straight while holding an EZ curl bar at the wide outer handle. The palms of your hands should be facing forward and slightly tilted inward due to the shape of the bar. Keep your elbows close to your torso. This will be your starting position.
  2. Now, while keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and curl the weights forward while contracting the biceps. Focus on only moving your forearms.
  3. Continue to raise the weight until your biceps are fully contracted and the bar is at shoulder level. Hold the top contracted position for a moment and squeeze the biceps.
  4. Then inhale and slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: You can also perform this movement using an E-Z attachment hooked to a low pulley. This variation seems to really provide a good contraction at the top of the movement.

You may also use the closer grip for variety purposes.