Overhead barbell triceps extension

Exercise details

  • Target muscle: Triceps Brachii
  • Synergists: None
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Force: Push

Starting position

  1. Sit on a bench or a chair with back support holding a barbell using a narrow pronated (overhand) grip.
  2. Press the barbell over your head.


  1. Keeping your elbows close to your head, exhale as you bend your elbows and lower the barbell behind your head in a semicircular motion.
  2. Inhale as you reverse the motion and push the barbell back overhead.
  3. Repeat.

Comments and tips

  1. Keep your elbows tucked in close to your head.
  2. Keep your body still and back straight. Only your forearms should move.
  3. Do not lock out your elbows.
  4. Using an EZ bar may be easier on your wrists.
  5. You can perform the overhead barbell triceps extension while standing (see video).

Overhead barbell triceps extension video


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