dumbbell bicep curls Muscles Worked

The bicep curl is an accessory exercise meaning it works only one muscle group: the biceps. These are the muscles at the front of the upper arm that are fired throughout the day anytime you lift something up above waist level.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Dumbbell bicep curls

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles


How to do Dumbbell bicep curls

Begin standing with the feet hip distance apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand with a supinated grip (palms facing forward) and elbows straight. Have a tall posture with shoulders back.

While keeping the elbows near your side and upper arms stationary, raise the dumbbells up toward your shoulders.

Then, lower the dumbbells back down to the start position with control.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.


Animation of how to do Dumbbell bicep curls