How to Do Lying Triceps Extension

Also Known As:Skull crusher, French extension, French press

This exercise is also known as Skullcrushers and is a formidable drill. The lying triceps extension exercise is perfect for building your triceps at an advanced level. It has so many ways to perform it, but your elbow extension remains constant. This exercise is not for beginners. This exercise can be completed with a barbell or dumbbell. Adding weight is useful for building mass or increasing the number of calories burned.

Lying triceps extensions are one of the most stimulating exercises for the entire triceps muscle group in the upper arm. It works the triceps from the elbow all the way to the latissimus dorsi.

lying tricep extension

How to do Lying Triceps Extension?

  • Lie down on a flat bench or grab an underhand grip on the EZ bar and extend your arms straight up.
  • Keeping your elbows tucked in and your arms perpendicular to the floor, slowly lower the bar until it is about an inch from your forehead.
  • Slowly extend your arms back to starting position, without locking your elbows.
  • Repeat.
  • Sets: 3.
  • Reps: 12-8.
  • Rest: 60 seconds.

Skull crushers Tips!

  • It’s very important that you keep your elbows in during the set. Your elbows will have a tendency to flare out as you move the weight, and you must keep them pointing forward.
  • Keep the rep timing slow and control the weight.
  • And finally, don’t lock your elbows out at the top of the movement. This will take the tension off the triceps.