trouble with triceps

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  • October 11, 2005 at 3:58 am #385

    I have been training consistently for a few years now and have a problem building up my triceps. I have worked with a few personal trainers on this problem but it seems that for some reason my body uses my chest for everything making it very hard to successfully isolate my triceps.
    Has anyone ever come across a problem like this before? If so is there anything i can do to remedy this problem?

    October 11, 2005 at 4:15 am #1761

    Give Larry Scotts Kneeling Tricep Extensions a go. You will need to make up some gear or buy it from Larry at;
    Isolation is not a problem with this exercise. DA

    October 11, 2005 at 9:06 am #1762

    Bench dips, give em a try 😀 I never even felt my chest when doing these 😉 a tip is put your hands under your bum!

    October 11, 2005 at 8:55 pm #1763

    @Joey wrote:

    … for some reason my body uses my chest for everything making it very hard to successfully isolate my triceps.

    Which exercises have you tried in the past?

    Next time in the gym try close grip bench with a supinated grip using the EZ bar. This should keep your elbows in and make it hard to use the pecs.

    And what about skull crushers? Hard to see how the chest would come into play at all.


    October 13, 2005 at 7:09 am #1764

    Sweet thanks guys
    In regards to skull crushers and stuff two trainers have said my technique is good yet i still don’t feel it that much in my tri’s. i will try the horizontal dips and get back to you… Thanks again

    October 13, 2005 at 11:22 am #1765

    If you perform a tricep exercise properly then it will work the triceps. If you can’t feel it, go heavier.

    Try pushdowns, slight forward lean, no bending the knees, no swinging the shoulders, keep the elbows in near the hip and still and it has to work.

    October 14, 2005 at 3:24 am #1766

    Ah, I just remembered another one. This is from the book “Anabolic Muscle mass”. Atomic Pushups, you do them on the floor like a standard pushup but with the hands palm down positioned together on the floor in front of the face. It relocates all tension to the triceps incredibly, and the lower you go the more tris suffer. DA

    October 14, 2005 at 5:49 am #1767

    how can you not feel skullcrushers on your tris??? they are killer

    use heavier weight

    try lying down overhead barbell extensions, all the way back behind your head.

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