Overhead cable curl

Also known as a crucifix curl, the overhead cable curl is a biceps-focused exercise performed between two cable stacks, using a pair of D-handles. The arms and elbows are held at shoulder height throughout the movement, and both hands curl in toward the ears. This position is designed to eliminate shoulder involvement and momentum, while targeting the biceps peak. This movement is generally done for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or more, as part of arm-focused training.


  1. Builds bigger and more defined biceps
  2. The cable provides constant tension throughout the movement, including at peak contraction
  3. Great way to target the biceps peak
  4. Effective even with light weight

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