My fellow tall guys, the reverse curl is a good addition to your arm days, mixing it in once in a while or adding it to every other program change. The reverse curl is a potent movement specifically designed to target the brachialis and brachioradialis muscles, offering a distinct approach to bicep training for tall guys. 

In this article, we will explore the benefits of the reverse curl, focusing on its engagement of the brachialis, enhancement of wrist and forearm strength, and contribution to balanced arm development. 

With no specific disadvantages for tall guys, the reverse curl provides a comprehensive guide, ensuring proper setup, posture, and controlled movements to maximize its effectiveness in their bicep workout routine.

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Understanding The Reverse Curl

The reverse curl is a variation of the traditional bicep curl that emphasizes the muscles on the underside of the forearm, namely the brachialis and brachioradialis. This exercise not only contributes to overall arm development but also provides an opportunity for tall individuals to diversify their bicep training routine.

how to do a reverse curl for a tall guy

Reverse Curl Advantages For Tall Guys

Brachialis engagement

The reverse curl places a greater emphasis on the brachialis, a muscle that lies underneath the biceps. This can be particularly advantageous for tall guys looking to develop a more comprehensive and well-defined arm.

Wrist and forearm strength

Reverse curls work the brachioradialis, contributing to wrist and forearm strength. Taller individuals may find this exercise beneficial for enhancing overall arm functionality and strength.

Balanced arm development

By targeting different muscle groups, the reverse curl helps ensure a more balanced development of the arms, promoting symmetry in muscle growth.

Reverse Curl Disadvantages For Tall Guys

Focus on form

Other than the usual needing to watch our posture during the reverse curl and form when picking up the weight, there are no specific disadvantages to this lift.

Tools You'll Need

  • Barbell
this is a photo of a barbell to do reverse curls

How To Do A Reverse Curl For Tall Guys

1. Reverse Curl set up

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, maintaining an upright posture.
  • Hold a barbell or dumbbells with an overhand grip, allowing your hands to be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.

Tall guy tip: If you have lower back pain or find it tough to fully engage your core throughout the full exercise. Before making your first curl, stagger your stance slightly. Move your front foot 2-3 inches forward so your right heel is in line with the base of the toes of your left foot.

Doing this will help you initiate the lower core engagement needs to take any unnecessary pressure off your back.

this is a photo of tall Paul standing with feet shoulder width apart to do reverse curl
Standard stance
this is a photo of tall Paul holding a barbell with an overhand grip to do reverse curls
this is a photo of tall Paul standing with feet shoulder width apart stagger stance to do reverse curl
Stagger stance

2. Proper posture

  • Keep your shoulders back and your chest up.
  • Maintain a slight bend in your knees to stabilize your stance.

3. Elbow position

  • Start with your elbows fully extended, keeping them close to your sides.
  • Ensure your upper arms remain stationary throughout the movement.
this is a photo of tall Paul holding his arms fully extended and close to his body for a reverse curl

4. Controlled movement

  • Begin the lift by flexing at the elbows and curling the barbell or dumbbells toward your shoulders.
  • Focus on a controlled and deliberate movement, avoiding any swinging or jerking.
this is a photo of tall Paul starting a reverse curl by flexing at the elbows

5. Full range of motion

  • Lift the barbell or dumbbells until your forearms are vertical and your biceps are fully contracted.
  • Lower the weights back down in a controlled manner, fully extending your arms.
this is a photo of tall Paul lifting the barbell for a reverse curl
this is a photo of tall Paul lowering the barbell for a reverse curl

6. Repetitions and sets

  • Reps and sets all depend on your goals for the gym & what other lifts you have done that day to complement the dumbbell hammer curls.
  • I create tall guy workout plans, click through and message me your fitness goals and I can tell you the reps and set you will want to hit.