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Overhead Triceps Work


#1

Should one keep elbows in pointing forward or let them go where 'they' want?

Is 90 degrees sufficient?

I'm getting not nice clicking in one elbow in this exercise and i find pointing them forward helps. Talking about 100 lb DB's, going lighter seems better but it's not enough load.

Any help would be appreciated.


#2

I like to keep the elbows tight to the ears. I also lower the way waaay farther than the average guy at the gym. Seems like most people do half reps in order to keep their weights up. I like the extreme stretch at the bottom-gives you enough load without having to use the heavy lbs that cause the pain.


#3

I no longer do any sort of tricep extension exercises like overhead DBs, laying EZ bar extensions, and so on as they always aggravate my elbows. I just stick with dips, close grip bench, and cable press down variations. I ran into the same problem as you eventually, couldn't go heavy enough without causing discomfort.

I've tried all sorts of elbow placement and angles; and nothing seemed to help. I feel I still get the same results without using those movements and it has not dampened my progress if that helps any.


#4

Ok that helps. Thanks Evolv. I always liked getting a stretch with a heavy load. Glad your development is coming along by the sounds of it without that exercise. Maybe I'll do it as a finisher with light weight and better stretch like dt said.


#5

How do you hit the long head of the triceps? Or do you have good genetics in that department