45-degree Decline Skull Crusher


  1. Decline Triceps Extension
    Set the bench to a 45° decline and secure your feet. Have a partner hand you the bar and hold it behind your head. Keep your upper arms in this position. Lower the bar to the space between your eyebrows and hairline, taking three to four seconds to do so. Then press the weight back to the starting position and flex your triceps at the top.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Keep reps on the higher side to protect your elbows, and use an EZ-bar to take pressure off your wrists. Another option: Use dumbbells.
  • Don’t sling the bar back behind your head or slam it into your forehead—neither is good for your health or your performance.

Advanced variations