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Incline Dumbbell Curl – Complete Video Tutorial and How-To Guide

By: Stuart Carter, Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1,

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

dumbbells strength training for weight loss
The incline dumbbell curl is a little different than most bicep exercises because your arm is in a position where you have a bigger pre-stretch in your bicep that usual.

The pre-stretch that the incline dumbbell curl allows will make the exercise very effective at pumping blood into your biceps throughout the exercise and giving you an amazing pump. This will give you great growth in the bicep muscle.

The main things to focus on when you do this exercise, like all arm exercises, is to squeeze the crap out of the dumbbell and supinating your hand as you curl it up, to get the best squeeze in your bicep at the top of the movement.

As this is a dumbbell exercise, you can choose whether to do them singularly or together. Doing them together will mean you get less of a rest in the muscle, so will push it a little harder.

Take a look at our video tutorial below to see the fine form points of this exercise, and if you need something to print off and take to the gym, you can find our step-by-step exercise technique further down this page.

Incline Dumbbell Curl – Step-by-Step Technique

    • Step 1: Start by sitting on a bench, set at about 60 degrees, holding the dumbbells and resting them on your lap. Breathe in.
    • Step 2: Lay yourself back on the bench and let the dumbbells hang to the side. Your arm will be slightly behind your bodyline. Squeeze the dumbbells tight and breathe in.
    • Step 3: Breathing out, slowly curl the dumbbells up towards your shoulders, supinating your hands and making sure you keep your upper arms hanging back in the same position as the start. Do not move them forward.
    • Step 4: Breathing in, slowly lower the dumbbells back to the start point, flexing your triceps at the bottom of the movement to pre-stretch the bicep again.

** Pro Tip #1: We recommend you start with 2 sets of 12-15 reps.

** Pro Tip #2: We recommend using a lower weight when you first try this exercise as the pre-stretch will make it more difficult than a standard bicep curl.

To learn more exercises that you can use in your training, visit our complete exercise library on the Fit Father Project YouTube channel.


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* We hoped you enjoyed this article. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program and that this is not medical advice – just well-researched info. Please see our disclaimer at the bottom of this website. Exercise intelligently and safely at your own risk.


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