5 Biggest Triceps Training Mistakes
Avoiding these common training errors will better isolate the triceps, prevent injury and lead to major gains in size and strength.
4. Neglecting Overhead Exercises
Exercises are typically divided into two classes of moves — single-joint and multijoint — but in triceps training there’s another consideration: arm angle. Essentially your arms can be by your sides (pressdowns), perpendicular to your body (skullcrushers) or overhead (overhead dumbbell extensions). But since the bulky long head of the triceps attaches above the shoulder joint, the only way it can be stretched is when your arms are overhead. Given that a muscle must be stretched before it can contract strongly, you should always include at least one arms-overhead exercise in your routine to ensure the long head gets fully targeted.