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Get Lifted: Tricep Presses on Your Back

When I'm at the gym, I'm always looking for ways to work out lying down. Just kidding! I like to find new ways to target the back of my upper arms. Tank top season is fast approaching, check out this triceps exercise that some folks refer to as the "skull crusher."

You'll need a set of three- to ten-pound dumbbells for this move.

  • Grab a set of weights and lie on a bench or on the floor.
  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and bring your hands by your ears so your elbows are pointing straight up at the ceiling.
  • Inhale and straighten your arms by lifting your hands up.
  • As you exhale, slowly lower the dumbbells back down towards your ears, but be sure to keep your elbows directly above your shoulders in order to target your triceps.
  • Repeat this move for 12 to 15 reps.

Now, this may not be a compound exercise, but you can easily fit this exercise into an "in front of the TV' workout.

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ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 9 years
ill try these
luxecake luxecake 9 years
Nice! Thanks for posting these, I'm always looking for new ways to work the triceps. I'm gonna try these tonight. :)
pinkmermaid23 pinkmermaid23 9 years
this is perfect! I hate doing the standing up ones because I'm afraid of hitting myself in the head.
smellen smellen 9 years
i've been doing this as part of my morning routine. actually, triceps/biceps are tomorrow & i just increased weights this week, so it will be tough. going up to 8 lbs. for the triceps......wish me luck!
mbcostigan mbcostigan 9 years
If you bend your wrists forward after you extend your arms and point your weights to the ceiling, you get an extra squeeze of the triceps.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I may try these...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
We did these for the first time yesterday in my toning class.
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