Seated Dumbbell Curl

The difficulty performing the seated dumbbell curl exercise lies in maintaining trunk and elbow position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the elbows/dumbbells to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your biceps, upper back, neck, forearms and trunk muscles.

Maintain position of your trunk, wrists and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection. Further, pretend you’re holding a barbell in your hands so that the dumbbells stay parallel to the ground and facing the mirror as shown.

If you’ve had a shoulder or neck injury, check with your physical therapist before performing.

Starting Position

Sit with your feet in front of you so as to protect your back. Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set the dumbbells so they are parallel to the ground (i.e., wrists straight) and facing the mirror.

Execution

While maintaining trunk/head position, bend your elbows until biceps contraction stops motion, then lower until the elbows are almost extended completely. KEEP YOUR ELBOWS IN LINE WITH YOUR BODY.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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