Reverse EZ bar curl


As with the reverse barbell curl, the use of the pronated (overhand) grip during the EZ bar curl results in brachioradialis and brachialis stimulation, whilst activity of the biceps is muted.

The brachioradialis is a muscle which runs from the forearm to the upper arm, and is responsible for the flexion of the arm. This is why the reverse curl is often cited as a good forearm exercise, with the brachioradialis composing a large chunk of the anterior forearm.

The brachialis runs beneath the biceps, and like its more popular neighbour, is also an arm flexor. Its activity increases with a neutral (palms facing inward) or pronated (palms facing down) grip, as the role the biceps play lessens.

Sport uses

The use of the arm flexors are seen in an array of sports, prominently within sports which involve contact with an opponent. The reverse EZ bar curl could prove a useful tool for developing such arm flexor strength.

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  1. Load EZ bar with correct weight and place on the safety collars
  2. Grasp the bar with an overhand (pronated) grip where the bar bends
  3. Stand erect with upper arms remaining stationary at the sides of your torso throughout the exercise


  1. Curl the bar upward, keeping your upper arms fixed by your sides
  2. Once peak contraction is reached, slowly reverse the movement back to the starting position
  3. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions


Muscles targeted during the Reverse EZ bar curl

(Primary target / Secondary target)


Stablisers and secondary targets

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