Which Triceps Extension Exercise Do You Find Most Effective?

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It's time to switch up my workouts and I will be adding in some triceps extensions. Which method do you find most effective?

1. Using the dumbbell and/or cable and extending overhead
2. Leaning forward with the elbow at 90 degrees and extending the dumbbell backwards
3. Using the cable pull and pulling/extending downward
4. any other method...

or does it even really matter?

Thanks

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  • Carlos_421
    Carlos_421 Posts: 5,132 Member
    edited January 2016
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    It's time to switch up my workouts and I will be adding in some triceps extensions. Which method do you find most effective?

    1. Using the dumbbell and/or cable and extending overhead
    2. Leaning forward with the elbow at 90 degrees and extending the dumbbell backwards
    3. Using the cable pull and pulling/extending downward
    4. any other method...

    or does it even really matter?

    Thanks

    It depends on which head of the triceps you want to target.

    The triceps has 3 heads, the long head, medial head and lateral head.

    Overhead extensions (where your elbows are above your shoulders) will emphasize the long head (the big one that runs the length of the back of your arm).

    Press downs (extensions where your elbows are at your side) will emphasize the lateral head (the one that wraps around the side of your arm, responsible for the "pig foot" look and wider looking arms).

    Press downs with a reverse grip will emphasize the medial head (the smallest, near the elbow).

    Movements like close grip bench press, dips and skull crushers will hit all three heads.

    ETA if you only pick one or two movements, I recommend those that hit all three heads. Dips and close grip bench press are tops, as they are compound movements and will allow you to work with the most weight.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,663 Member
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    If we're talking an extension, I would say a lying triceps extension (also known as a skull crusher) with variable grips.
    I would attribute my own tricep improvement to this one exercise alone for the long head.

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  • LKArgh
    LKArgh Posts: 5,179 Member
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    Narrow push ups.
  • Yi5hedr3
    Yi5hedr3 Posts: 2,696 Member
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    Dumbell Kick-Backs for sure!