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The Best Tricep Exercises To Build Muscle

Aug 29, 2008
The most effective tricep exercises to build muscle

Much like there was for biceps, there are two tricep exercises that are above the rest in terms of effective muscle building stimulation.

If you want bigger, fuller looking arms, work more to build muscle on your triceps.

Triceps (3-headed) make up more of your arm than do biceps (2-headed). Most people are so preoccupied with biceps training that they forget about triceps.

Building more muscle on your triceps mean bigger arms.

Lying tricep extensions

Place a curl bar at the head of a bench. Sit down, grab the bar with an overhand, narrow grip, and lie down on your back, pushing the weight up and straight over your chest. Bend at the elbows lowering the weight behind your head.

With an explosive motion, push the weight back over your head until your arms are fully extended with the weight above your chest.

When you complete your reps, use your momentum to rock your body up and stand up to put the bar back on the edge of the bench.

This is probably the most effective tricep exercise you can do. You can use very heavy weight with these, increasing the overload factor to the triceps. Use a curved curl bar for these.

There are a couple of points to keep in mind.

When you lower the weight, bring it past your forehead and down towards the middle of your head.

Bringing the bar to your forehead will create unwanted pressure and stress on your elbows.

After you slowly lower the weight towards the back of your head, power the weight back up forcefully, extending and locking your arms, contracting your triceps.

Also, once you have completed these for your set of 4-6 reps, do not bother doing close-grip bench presses immediately after, using the same bar and weight.

Once you have fatigued the triceps on your set, it is pointless to try and do a few reps of close-grips at a lighter weight than you can handle when doing regular close-grips. Save your energy.

Close-grip bench presses

This is the second of two extremely effective tricep exercises.

This is a definite muscle builder for the triceps. It is performed just like a regular bench press except your hands are 6-8 inches apart from one another.

You lower the weight to your chest like a regular bench press, and then forcefully push the weight up, locking your arms and contracting your triceps.

Do not grip with a too-narrow grip of this will definitely cause some pain to your wrists.

Regular grip bench press also works the triceps, but when you bring your hands closer together, more overload is directed to the triceps.

Cable tricep pushdowns

Reach up, grab the bar, and push the bar down towards your thighs.

Stand with a sturdy foundation that will allow you to lean into the movement. Now bend at the elbows and control the weight up until the bar is by your chin.

With an explosive motion, push the weight back down until your elbows lock, fully contracting the triceps. Repeat thisuntil you complete your reps.

These are a great tricep exercise, designed to hit the triceps with serious overload. Most people can do these with more weight than they think they can.

When doing these, lean forward a bit, lean into the weight. This will keep you more balanced and will also allow you to handle more weight than standing straight up.

Also, when bringing the weight up, allow the bar and your arms to come up a bit more than parallel to the floor.

Allow the bar to come up to about shoulder level. The reason behind this is to increase the range of motion and to also decrease the stress on the elbows.

Really exaggerate locking the arms and squeezing the triceps when you bring the weight down.

These are 3 of the best muscle building tricep exercises you can use if you want to build muscle in your arms.
About the Author
Shawn LeBrun is a personal trainer, natural bodybuilder, and author of the top-selling muscle building program Simple Steps To Get Huge And Shredded.
For a step-by-step guide to build muscle, check out Simple Steps...http://www.shawnlebrunfitness.com
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