Some bodybuilders think that the best biceps exercise is close grip barbell curls.
There are so many biceps exercises to choose from, but barbell curls are one of the staples in bodybuilding training.
In regards to barbell curls, you can vary the placement of your hands to vary the emphasis of the exercise.
Shoulder width barbell curls are the standard width, but when you use a narrow grip you will add slightly more emphasis to the long head (outer part) of the biceps. The long head is what adds to the peaked look when someone flexes their biceps.
Here are some instructions for close grip barbell curls.
Form: Exhale and curl the weight towards your chest. Pause briefly at the top and then slowly lower to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: With all standing bicep exercises, you must pay attention to your posture. If you feel your back arch to help with the lift, that's a sign the weight is too heavy.
Also, move in a slow and controlled manner so that momentum does not take over.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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