Lying Triceps Extension to Close-Grip Bench Press

The lying triceps extension to close-grip bench press is a two-in-one exercise that strengthens the chest, shoulders, and triceps. The triceps are most heavily targeted from the extension, the press, and the close-grip positioning.


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    Grab an EZ-Bar with an overhand grip and your hands shoulder-width apart. Lie face-up on a bench, lifting the weight directly over your head with your arms fully extended.
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    Keeping your upper arms stable, bend your elbows to lower the bar until it almost touches your forehead. Pause, then contract the triceps to extend the bar overhead.
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    Then, lower the bar to your chest. Pause at the bottom and then press the weight back overhead to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Make sure you come to lockout at the end of every repetition.
  • Do not move your upper arms during the triceps extensions. You should only bend at your elbows.
  • Do not rest in between the triceps extensions and bench press moves.