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Skullcrushers: The Ultimate Exercise for Tricep Strength and Arm Growth

When it comes to building big, strong arms, most people focus on exercises like bicep curls and push-ups. While these exercises are great for targeting the biceps and chest, they don't do much for the triceps. The triceps are the muscles on the back of your upper arm and make up about two-thirds of your arm mass. So, if you want to build bigger, more defined arms, you need to target your triceps.

Enter the skullcrusher. This powerful exercise is a must-have in any arm workout and is specifically designed to target the triceps. When done correctly, skullcrushers can help you build bigger, stronger arms and add definition to your triceps. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what skullcrushers are, how to do them correctly, and why they are such a great exercise for arm growth.

What are skullcrushers? The skullcrusher is a weightlifting exercise that targets the triceps. The exercise is typically done with a barbell or an EZ-bar, and it involves lying on a bench and lowering the weight to your forehead and then extending your arms to raise it back up. The exercise gets its name from the idea that if you don't use proper form, the weight could crush your skull. But don't worry, as long as you use proper form and technique, you'll be fine.

How to do skullcrushers correctly To do skullcrushers correctly, you'll need to follow these steps:

  • Lie on a flat bench with your feet planted firmly on the ground.

  • Hold a barbell or EZ-bar with a pronated grip (palms facing down) and your arms extended above your chest.

  • Slowly lower the weight towards your forehead, keeping your elbows close to your head.

  • Pause at the bottom of the movement, then extend your arms to raise the weight back up to the starting position.

It is important to keep your elbows close to your head and use a slow, controlled motion. This will help you target your triceps more effectively and reduce the risk of injury.

Why are skullcrushers great for arm growth? Skullcrushers are a great exercise for arm growth for a few reasons:

  • They target the triceps: As mentioned earlier, the triceps make up about two-thirds of your arm mass. By targeting the triceps specifically, you can build bigger, stronger arms.

  • They allow for progressive overload: With skullcrushers, you can easily increase the weight and resistance over time, which is essential for muscle growth.

  • They can be done with a variety of equipment: You can do skullcrushers with a barbell, EZ-bar, dumbbells, or even resistance bands. This gives you a lot of options and allows you to switch up your workout routine to keep things interesting.

  • They are compound exercise: Skullcrushers are a compound exercise, which means that they work multiple muscle groups at the same time. This makes them a more efficient way to build muscle and strength.

In conclusion, skullcrushers are a great exercise for building bigger, stronger arms and adding definition to your triceps. If you're not already including skullcrushers in your arm workout routine, start today! Remember to use proper form and technique, and gradually increase the weight and resistance over time to see the best results.

Check out my Youtube video with Coach Tyler Tredway on how to perform skullcrushers!


Coach Kiki McClellan

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