Machine Preacher Curl

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Machine biceps curl, preacher curl with machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Preacher curl machine
  • Muscles Targeted: Biceps, forearms
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Cable preacher curl, barbell-curls lying against an incline

The machine preacher curl, as the name implies, is a machine version of the basic preacher curl used for developing bigger arms. Aside from aesthetics, strong arms help protect your elbow joints and lessen the chances of muscle soreness from lifting weights. It isolates the muscles located at the front of your upper arms and helps you to concentrate on the muscle you wish to develop entirely.

Machine Preacher Curl Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Machine biceps curl, preacher curl with machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Preacher curl machine
  • Muscles Targeted: Biceps, forearms
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Cable preacher curl, barbell-curls lying against an incline

Preacher Curl Machine Vs Free Weights

  • As compared to free weights, the machine preacher curl is ideal for training your lagging muscle groups.
  • It offers more consistent resistance than the free weight preacher curl through the entire range of motion.
  • The machine preacher curl, unlike the free weight variety, hits your biceps from different points of your elbow flexion range.

How to do Machine Preacher Curl

Load the preacher curl machine with the desired weight (40-60 lbs). Sit down on the machine with the back of your upper arms rested on the preacher pad. Hold the handles with a supinated grip so that your palms are facing up. Lift the handle while contracting your biceps. Hold the position for 1 or 2 seconds at the top of the movement. Lower the handle to return to the initial position.

Machine Preacher Curl

Preacher Curl with Machine Tips

  • Keep your elbows in, while placing the arms on the preacher pad.
  • Keep your upper arms still on the pad throughout the exercise.

Alternative Exercises

  • Cable Preacher Curl
  • Barbell Curls Lying Against an Incline

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