Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredDumbbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Biceps Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Incline Bench Dumbbell Curl Instructions

The incline bench dumbbell curl is a good exercise to isolate the bicep muscle.

  1. Set an adjustable bench to an angle of around 45 degrees.
  2. Grab a dumbbell and position yourself at the highest end of the bench.
  3. Rest the back of your upper arm on the bench padding and allow your arm to fully extend until the dumbbell is almost touching the bench. You should be holding the dumbbell using an underhand grip, palm facing up.
  4. Use your other arm for support by holding the bench.
  5. Contract your bicep and slowly curl it up as far as possible.
  6. Squeeze the muscle, and then slowly lower back to the starting position.
  7. Repeat for desired reps, and then repeat for the other arm.


Incline Bench Dumbbell Curl Tips

  • Don't let the dumbbells touch the bench during the set.
  • Keep the rep timing slow and control the weight on the way down.
  • Always work your weakest arm first. For most, this is the left arm.