Cable Wrist Curl Exercise Guide

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Cable Wrist Curl is a strength exercise that works your forearm muscles and wrist flexors.

Cable Wrist Curl is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your arms, forearms and upper body.

It requires weight machine to do.

Cable Wrist Curl

How to do Cable Wrist Curl


Sit and grab cable bar with narrow to shoulder width underhand handle. Place forearms on thighs and wrists slightly above elbows.


Allow cable bar to roll out of palms down to fingers. Raise cable bar back up by gripping and pointing knuckles up as high as possible. Lower and repeat.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do cable wrist curl from this step-by-step illustrations:

Cable Wrist Curl 1
Cable Wrist Curl 2

Muscles Worked

The muscles used for cable wrist curl may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for cable wrist curl are:

Primary Muscles

  • Forearm Muscles
  • Wrist Flexors

Synergyst Muscles

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Cable Wrist Curl work?
Cable Wrist Curl works forearm muscles, wrist flexors.
What is Cable Wrist Curl good for?
Cable Wrist Curl is beneficial for conditioning and to strengthen. It works the best for arms, forearms and upper body, as it works forearm muscles, wrist flexors. Cable Wrist Curl is a great strength exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Cable Wrist Curl a good exercise?
Cable Wrist Curl is a popular strength exercise for forearm muscles, wrist flexors.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Cable Wrist Curl Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Cable Wrist Curl Standards and Averages


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Cable Wrist Curl Alternatives


Wonder how to make Cable Wrist Curl either easier or more challenging?

Cable Wrist Curl Variations

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Type(s) Strength, Isolated
Muscles Worked Forearm Muscles, Wrist Flexors
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy
Equipment Weight Machine
Location At Gym
Major Exercise Wrist Curl

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Forearm Muscles, Wrist Flexors
Synergyst muscle(s)

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