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EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension

Exercise Profile

Body PartTriceps, Upper Arms
EquipmentEZ Barbell
Primary MusclesTriceps Brachii
Secondary Muscles
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Introduction to the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension

The EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension is a strength-training exercise that primarily targets the triceps, helping to build muscle mass and improve upper body strength. This exercise is suitable for individuals at all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, as it can be easily modified to match one's capabilities. People may want to incorporate this exercise into their routine to enhance their arm definition, boost overall fitness, and improve performance in sports and activities that require strong triceps.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension

  • Extend your arms fully, lifting the barbell directly above your chest with your palms facing towards your feet. This is your starting position.
  • Slowly lower the barbell by bending your elbows, keeping your upper arms stationary and only moving your forearms. The barbell should come down just above your forehead.
  • Pause for a moment when the barbell is close to your forehead, then push the barbell back to the starting position by extending your elbows and using your triceps to lift the weight.
  • Repeat these steps for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring to keep your movements slow and controlled to effectively engage your triceps.

Tips for Performing EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension

  • Controlled Movement: Lower the bar in a slow and controlled manner towards your forehead. It's important not to rush this movement as it could lead to injury. Common mistake to avoid is performing the exercise too quickly. The slower and more controlled the movement, the more your triceps are worked.
  • Full Extension: When you push the bar back up to the starting position, make sure to fully extend your arms but avoid locking out your elbows. This keeps tension on the triceps and prevents unnecessary strain on your elbow joints.
  • Keep Your Elbows In: One common mistake is letting the elbows flare out to the sides during the exercise. Keep your elbows close to your body throughout

EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension FAQs

Can beginners do the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension?

Yes, beginners can do the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension exercise. However, it's important to start with a light weight to ensure proper form and prevent injury. It's also beneficial to have a trainer or experienced individual guide you through the movements initially. As with any exercise, gradually increasing the weight as your strength and technique improve is recommended.

What are common variations of the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension?

  • Incline EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension: This variation is performed on an incline bench, which targets the triceps from a different angle and increases the intensity of the workout.
  • Close-Grip EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension: This variation involves holding the barbell with a closer grip, which places more emphasis on the lateral head of the triceps.
  • Skull Crusher EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension: This is a more challenging variation where you lower the barbell towards your forehead, hence the name 'skull crusher', before lifting it back up.
  • One-Arm EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension: In this variation, you use one arm at a time to lift the barbell, which can help correct any muscle imbalances and increase the workout

What are good complementing exercises for the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension?

  • Tricep Dips: Tricep dips complement the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension by targeting the same muscle group (triceps) but from a different angle, which can help to enhance muscle tone and definition.
  • Skull Crushers: Like the EZ-Barbell Lying Triceps Extension, skull crushers isolate the triceps, but they also incorporate a wider range of motion, which can help to improve joint flexibility and muscle endurance.

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