Standing Biceps Cable Curl

The cable straight-bar biceps curl takes a classic bodybuilding exercise, the standing barbell curl, and replaces the barbell with a handle attached to a cable. This is a common burnout move performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set, as part of an upper-body or arm-focused workout.


  1. Builds stronger, more muscular biceps
  2. Unlike a barbell, the cable allows for continuous tension
  3. Easy to change the load quickly for dropsets

Standing Biceps Cable Curl Images


Standing Biceps Cable Curl Instructions

Standing Biceps Cable Curl muscle diagram
  1. Stand up with your torso upright while holding a cable curl bar that is attached to a low pulley. Grab the cable bar at shoulder width and keep the elbows close to the torso. The palm of your hands should be facing up (supinated grip). This will be your starting position.
  2. While holding the upper arms stationary, curl the weights while contracting the biceps as you breathe out. Only the forearms should move. Continue the movement until your biceps are fully contracted and the bar is at shoulder level. Hold the contracted position for a second as you squeeze the muscle.
  3. Slowly begin to bring the curl bar back to starting position as your breathe in.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variation: You can also perform this movement using an E-Z barbell attachment or single handles.