Primary muscles: Biceps
Secondary muscles: Forearms
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Tricep extensions
HAMMER CURLS INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart and hold the weights with your palms facing your thighs.
2. Bend your elbows and bring the weights up, until the dumbbells are at shoulder level.
3. Pause and then lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
4. Repeat this move until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
When doing hammer curls, keep your elbows close to your body and don’t move your upper arms. Keep your back straight, your core engaged and breathe out as you lift the dumbbells. Inhale as you slowly lower the dumbbells to the initial position.
Hammer curls are a modified version of the bicep curls exercise that targets the same muscle group. Pairing these two exercises in an upper body strength training workout allows you to sculpt the front portion of your upper arms more effectively.
SETS AND REPS
Add 2 to 3 sets of hammer curls to your upper body routine. Do 8 to 12 repetitions and alternate this exercise with lying tricep extensions, to work all the muscles in the upper arm.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing hammer curls, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: