2. GET MECHANICAL
Josh Bryant, MFS, PES, CSCS, is a performance-first kinda guy. As such, he sees the triceps as a primarily as a supporting player in pressing movements. But when big presses lead to mind-boggling poundages and a superhero-like torso, training them hard makes sense..
“One of my favorite triceps tactics involves using mechanical advantage on the close-grip bench press with boards,” he says. “To do this, complete five, full range of motion close grip bench presses. Don’t rack the weight. Hold the bar pressed out at full extension. Next, have your spotter place one board lengthwise on your torso, so that the board runs from your belly to the middle of your chest. Repeat the exercise for another five reps, lowering the barbell until it touches the board. After each five reps, your partner will add one board to the stack. Little by little, this shortens your range of motion, working your triceps in different ways until you finish with four boards stacked on your chest. That’s 25 reps. It’s also just one set.” Bryant likes using this tactic because, he says, it combines aspects of rest-pause training, partial reps, cheating and drop sets.
>> TRI THIS: Bryant recommends using the system outlined above with your 10-5-rep max weight for 3-5 sets, with three minutes of rest between sets. This can be a stand-alone triceps workout, or you can follow it up with 1-2 isolation exercises for a more intense session.