Cable Preacher Curl

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Preacher curl with cable, seated cable preacher curl
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Low-pulley cable machine, preacher bench
  • Muscles Targeted: Biceps
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: Single arm cable preacher curl
  • Alternative: Inline dumbbell curl, barbell curls lying against an incline

The cable preacher curl, one of the staple exercises in arm-building workout regimens, is done by pulling an EZ bar attached to the low-pulley cable machine until it reaches your shoulder level. Unlike the traditional version, the cable variation keeps your biceps always under tension and is an ideal exercise for those who do not like lifting dumbbells and barbells.

Cable Preacher Curl Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Preacher curl with cable, seated cable preacher curl
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Low-pulley cable machine, preacher bench
  • Muscles Targeted: Biceps
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: Single arm cable preacher curl
  • Alternative: Inline dumbbell curl, barbell curls lying against an incline

How to do Cable Preacher Curl

Start by placing a bench about one or two feet in front of the pulley machine. Secure an EZ bar by attaching it to the low pulley. Have a spotter help you hold the bar when you are sitting at the preacher curl bench. After you fully extend the arms on top of the preacher pad, start pulling the bar up toward the shoulders. As you squeeze your biceps at the top of the movement, pause for a few seconds. Gradually bring the weight down to the initial position.

Cable Preacher Curl

Seated Cable Preacher Curl Tips

  • Avoid leaning back when curling the weight up.
  • Lower the weight slowly so that you can execute the movement in a controlled way.

Variation Using Single Arm

It involves similar movement as the basic cable preacher curl except that you execute it by grabbing a D-handle attachment with one hand and pulling it up toward your shoulders.

Alternative Exercises

  • Incline Dumbbell Curl
  • Barbell Curls Lying Against an Incline

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