My Top 6 Triceps Exercises

Triceps & Strength

Many people fail to notice that no matter how big of biceps you have, your strength will dwindle if you have weak triceps muscles. Everyone usually focuses on making a stronger bicep & bigger biceps but when it comes to triceps, it goes to the waist-side. It’s true, that if your triceps are strong & defined, then your overall arm strength will increase as well, not to say to ignore bicep workouts, but it’s to say that focusing only on building a bicep muscle is not going to make your bench press that much higher than it is now & your pull up game will fall short due to weaker triceps as well. Now with all things considered both of the mentioned exercises have other body parts that need strengthening to make the world go round, but for now, I want to focus on the triceps & help speed ya up to par with this body part, so you can be well-rounded and strong. Below are a list of 5 triceps exercises you should implement in your workouts for mass and strength & don’t be afraid to use different variations/ equipment — “The world is your oyster”

  1. Weighted Bench dips / Weighted Dips (if you can’t do weighted just yet, try just body weight)
  2. DB Triceps kickback (sometimes people’s form sucks because they use more shoulder, really focus in on the triceps) or use another form of equipment that won’t hinder your triceps from being used
  3. Skullcrushers 
  4. DB overhead triceps extension/ single arm overhead triceps extension
  5. Barbell close grip bench press
  6. Diamond Pushups 

Hopefully with this tid bit of exercises, it can get you started on building some bigger, stronger muscles! 

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You have to find time & get it done

I started Monday’s workout on a different side of the bed. I say this because normally Monday is my dynamic effort bench day but this Monday, I started with a Heavy bench day. Quite frankly it felt good & turned out well, but the only reason that provoked me to do this was when I missed Wednesday’s heavy bench day because I decided I need sleep (working two jobs can be tough) and rescheduled it for Friday but then decided I wasn’t feeling it and instead did some cardio, so I made Monday the day and got it done. I just knew it had to get done, and with that attitude, I made it priority. 

Warm Up:

  • Cable face pull: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar narrow grip chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar row (reverse grip): 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Plate press out: 5 x 12-15, 10 lbs
  • DB chest press (neutral grip): 5 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB incline fly: 5 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline chest press: 5 x 5-6, 115 lbs and then back down to 105 lbs
  • Close grip DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated smith machine shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs
  • Cable front raises: 5 x 5-6, 20 lbs each arm
  • Overhead cable triceps extension: 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill: 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.8 speed
  • Stair climber: 5 minutes, level 7

Current Weight: 155.8 lbs

Body fat %: 22.5

BMI: 23.6

Monday’s workout went a little like this..

so nothing too new today, but decided to amp it up with the amount of sets this week like I had in the beginning of this powerlifting journey. I guess I decided it was time and after having seeing results from doing so, I want to see more. 

Warm Up:

  • One arm DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs each arm
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 6-8, 90S lbs 

Supersets:

  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 6 x 6-8, 95 lbs
  • EZ bar bentover rows: 6 x 6-8, 60 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell bench press (narrow grip) 6 x 6-8, 85 lbs
  • DB alternating hammer curls: 6 x 6-8, 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • One arm cable triceps push down: 6 x 6-8 each arm, 30 lbs
  • DB upright row: 6 x 6-8, 40 & 50 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 6-8, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • bench dips: 6 x 6-8
  • DB triceps kickback: 6 x 6-8 each arm, 20 lbs
  • DB Arnold press: 6 x 6-8, 40 lbs

Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (70%) 85 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (75%) 95 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • EZ bar curls: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 4 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Cardio session:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes, resistance 15 and rpms staying between 40-50 

 

Current Weight: 155.6 lbs

body fat %: 22.0

BMI: 23.6

Light Bench & A blooper

You are probably wondering what the “blooper” was, well I caught it on video, check it out here (it is at the end) & hopefully this will give people a lesson on benching 101 not to do, lol first time for everything, as they say. 

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • cable triceps kickback: 4 x 25, 20 lbs, 10 lbs 

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 6-8, 80 lbs (65%)
  • barbell bench press: 3 x 6-8, 85 lbs (70%)

Tri-sets:

  • DB incline chest press: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • DB Triceps lying triceps extension: 3 x 10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar skullcrushers: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • DB chest press: 3 x 10, 60 lbs
  • DB alternating bicep curls: 3 x 10, 50 lbs

Supersets:

  • Lying DB fly: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • Med ball slams: 3 x 10, 10 lbs

Heavier bench but not the heaviest load

Had to push myself to get these heavier bench press lifts, not going to lie, it was harder pushing these weights than it was in the past, but I managed, I didn’t press my max, because still working on gradual increase so I don’t hurt myself in the process. 

Warm up:

  • Pec dec machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar bentover row: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 3, 100 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 3, 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 3 x 10, 75 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (narrow grip): 3 x 10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable crossover: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • Lat pulldown: 3 x 10, 60 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 3 x 10, 40 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 3 x 10, 40 lbs
  • Cable triceps kickback: 3 x 10 each arm, 20 lbs

8-13-18 Workout

Warm up:

  • Bicep curl machine: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, green band
  • Cable reverse triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs (70% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • smith machine one arm upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs 
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Tri-set:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • kettlebell alternating shoulder press: 5 x 8-10. 16 kg
  • jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Shay-lon Moss 

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 

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