Also known as ‘skull crushers’ this exercise is another great way to strengthen the Triceps – but don’t let the name put you off!
Lying Ez-Bar Triceps Extension
1. Lay flat on a bench with an Ez- Bar above the chest using an overhand grip (palms facing away from the head), and the elbows softly locked out.
2.Keeping your elbows pointing up and lower back in contact with the bench, slowly lower the bar towards your forehead by bending at the elbows.
3.Return to the starting position by straightening your elbows back over your chest, using the Triceps.
Reverse- Grip Lying EZ- Bar Triceps Extension
Try this exercise with an underhand grip instead of an overhand grip to further isolate the Triceps and work on that grip strength.
Standing EZ-Bar Triceps Extension
Carrying out this exercise in a standing position will require engagement of the core muscles, whilst working on your balance simultaneously. Remember to keep the core strong throughout and avoid extending the lower back – use a lower weight or try the lying version from above if you suffer with lower back pain.
Please seek the advice of a GP, physiotherapist or a medically qualified personal trainer before commencing any exercise to avoid the risk of any injury. We do not advise performing any exercise if it exhibits any pain or discomfort in any way.
If you have any questions or queries about any of the exercises, please contact the Didsbury clinic (Manchester) to discuss with your physiotherapist or personal trainer.