What are Preacher Curls?

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Preacher curls are a biceps isolation exercise that involves curling a dumbbell or EZ curl bar up while seated with arm resting on an angled preacher bench.


  • The preacher bench keeps the upper arm static, isolating the biceps brachii muscle in the front of the arm.
  • Sitting forces you to maintain good posture and form rather than cheating with momentum from the torso.
  • Do 2-3 sets of 8-12 controlled reps. Focus on full range of motion and squeezing the biceps.
  • Preacher curls help build biceps peak. Varying hand spacing hits the long and short heads.


  • EZ bar preacher curls
  • Single arm dumbbell preacher curls
  • Cable preacher curls

Related Terms

  • Biceps, elbow flexion, isolation exercise

Common Questions

  • Are preacher curls necessary? No, they isolate biceps but regular curls work fine. Use preachers for more focus.
  • What does the preacher bench do? It provides an angled fixed surface to isolate the biceps more.

Do Not Confuse With

  • Incline curls – Done while laying back on an incline bench.
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