Technique: This exercise is exactly the same as seated dumbbell curls, except that you perform these on an incline bench. Start with your arms hanging straight down at your sides and your back flat against the bench. You can choose to alternate each side or do them both simultaneously.
This is a very difficult exercise, so you should use a weight that is lighter than normal.
Make sure you get a good, painful stretch at the bottom of the motion.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.