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Exercise The Right Way - The Wrist Curl

Other articles in this series looked at a number of exercises, mainly from the perspective of developing a comprehensive muscle building program. Sometimes we take things for granted, especially when it comes to performing the basic exercises that constitute the core of most bodybuilders' training regimes.

It is useful, therefore, to describe in detail the processes involved in actually doing these exercises. This will help beginners to start out using the correct techniques before moving on to potentially more dangerous heavy weights. If it also helps more experienced lifters to redress some of the little faults that have almost imperceptibly crept in over the years, all the better.

In this article we'll take a close look at the wrist curl.

MUSCLES TARGETED: flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris


Sit on the edge of a bench.
Grasp the bar with a closed supinated grip at a width of roughly 8 to 12 inches.
Position the feet and legs parallel to each other with the toes pointing straight ahead.
Lean forward placing the forearms and elbows on the thighs.
Move the wrists forward until they extend just beyond the patellae.
Allow the wrists to extend and the hands to open so that it is only the fingertips holding the bar.


Raise the bar by flexing the fingers and then the wrist.
Flex the wrists as far as possible without moving the elbows or forearms.


Allow the wrists and fingers to slowly extend back to the starting position.
Repeat or finish set.

Richard Mitchell is the creator of the website that provides guidance and information to athletes at all levels of bodybuilding experience. Go to Bodybuilding Exercises to learn more about the issues covered in this article.


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