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Skull Crushers

This Tricep Exercise is a Classic Triceps Extension Variation that uses a Barbell or EZ Curl Bar to Blast the Triceps

Welcome to our Skull Crushers Exercise Instruction Guide! 

On this page you'll learn how to do this version of Triceps Extension using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Tricep Exercises so you can immediately add to your Arm Workouts. 

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Skull Crushers
Main Muscle:Triceps
Secondary Muscle(s):N/A
Exercise Type:Push, Isolation
Equipment Required:Barbell or EZ Curl Bar, Bench

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This Weight Training Exercise is a classic variation of Triceps Extension but uses a barbell and slightly different movement to isolate your triceps. It is very similar to Barbell Reverse Triceps Extension but presses from just above your forehead rather than behind your head and uses an overhand grip.

skull crushers
skull crushers

To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Lie on a flat bench with your head at one end and your feet firmly on the floor.
  2. Grasp an EZ Curl Bar or Barbell with an overhand grip.
  3. Raise the bar straight up over your shoulders, keeping your elbows close in.
  4. Slowly lower the bar in an arc and stop just above over your head.
  5. Return the bar to the starting position by fully extending your arms and bending at the elbows. Concentrate on your triceps moving the weight.


  1. Practice this exercise with light weight to get used to the movements.
  2. Keep your elbows in a fixed position throughout the exercise.

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