23 Best Dumbbell Triceps Exercises and Workouts For Mass and Shape – Fitness Volt (2024)

With over ten years of experience as a personal trainer, I’ve seen countless individuals who have developed large biceps but neglect their triceps. It’s a trend that seems to be growing daily.

Overlooking training the triceps can lead to muscle imbalances, which can hamper your overall functionality and significantly increase injury risk.

Elbow extension is the primary function of the triceps. The triceps comprise three heads — a long head, a lateral head, and a medial head. (1)

The triceps play a crucial role in defining your arms, contributing significantly more to their overall size than the biceps. In reality, the triceps account for about 55 to 65% of your arm’s mass. Compared to the triceps, the biceps have much less potential for growth. So, if your goal is to achieve larger arms, it’s essential to focus more on triceps training.

Top 23 Dumbbell Triceps Exercises

Here are the 23 triceps exercises you should add to your exercise arsenal:

  • Single-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Extension
  • Double-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Extension
  • Dumbbell Kickback / Single-Arm Tricep Kickback
  • Bent-Over Triceps Kickback
  • Close-Grip Dumbbell Press
  • Close-Grip Dumbbell Push-Up
  • Dumbbell Skull Crusher
  • Tate Press
  • Incline Kickback
  • JM Press
  • Dumbbell Triceps Dips
  • Triceps Gravity Press
  • Dumbbell Half-Bench Skull Crusher
  • Eccentric Dumbbell Skull Crusher to Press
  • Dumbbell Triceps Extension to Gravity Press
  • Dumbbell Floor Press
  • Dumbbell Cross-Body Triceps Extension
  • Plank Triceps Kickback
  • Reverse Grip Dumbbell Press
  • Angled Single-Arm Overhead Extension
  • Prone Double-Arm Triceps Kickback
  • Single-Arm Neutral Grip Dumbbell Z-Press
  • Standing Eccentric Triceps Extension

1. Single-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Extension

If you want a good “starter” movement that targets your triceps, the overhead dumbbell extension is your best choice. The one-handed variation allows you to rotate your arm to just the right angle to target both the lateral and medial triceps heads according to your specific musculature and mobility.

You’ll find that it’s very easy on your shoulder with great options for adapting posture and form according to any instabilities or limitations (caused by injuries), but because it’s all on one arm, you may find it has a higher risk of straining your elbow and overworking the medial muscle head.

How To:

  1. Stand upright with a shoulder-wide grip holding a dumbbell in your right hand.
  2. Place your left hand on your torso or hip for stability.
  3. Extend your right arm overhead so it is perpendicular to the floor.
  4. Keeping your elbow pinned in place, lower the dumbbell to the back of your neck.

Pro Tip: It’s always best to start light and work your way up to greater weight in order to perform this exercise safely.

2. Double-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Extension

There’s a trade-off when you switch from one-handed to two-handed: you get better stability and greater power in the two arms combined, but your potential range of motion is limited and you are unable to target specific parts of the muscle by adapting your form.

Still, for those who want to maximize gains, doing the overhead two-handed dumbbell extension is the way to go. You get both arms involved in the lift, which allows you to push together (push off each other, too) in order to lift more weight. You’ll often find that the combined force of your two arms is more than double the force of a single arm lifting alone.

How To:

  1. Stand erect with a hip-width stance while holding a dumbbell with both hands.
  2. Extend the dumbbell overhead.
  3. Lower the dumbbell as low as you comfortably can without flaring your elbows.

Pro Tip: Keep your elbows and upper arms parallel to each other for maximal lateral head engagement.

3. Dumbbell Kickback / Single-Arm Tricep Kickback

This movement is the crème de la crème for your triceps workout, one guaranteed to hit all three muscle heads. It’s an isolation movement that only allows movement at the elbow, and it requires you to keep your shoulder and torso perfectly still in order to maximize its effectiveness.

The beauty of this exercise: it’s incredibly easy to do and typically requires fairly light weight. It’s a great “finishing” move to maximize triceps muscle growth and strength.

How To:

  1. Place your left knee and hand on an exercise bench while holding a dumbbell in your right hand. Your torso should be almost parallel to the floor.
  2. Lift your arm so your elbows is above your torso level.
  3. While keeping your upper arm steady, fully extend your elbow.
  4. Squeeze your triceps at the isometric contraction point at the top.

Pro Tip: Avoid going too heavy on this exercise as it can take away tension from the triceps and put it on your lats and shoulders.

4. Bent-Over Triceps Kickback

For those who want to maximize core strength while getting an excellent triceps workout, this kickback variation is the way to go. It’s the same as the regular kickback—isolated arm movement at the elbow—but instead of supporting your weight on a bench, you’re bent over and using your core muscles to keep yourself steady and your torso isolated.

Unlike the regular dumbbell kickback, you can perform this either one-handed or using both arms at the same time, depending on your preferences.

How To:

  1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Hinge at your hips so your torso is almost parallel to the floor.
  3. Raise your elbows above your torso level.
  4. Exntend your elbows and contract your triceps.

Pro Tip: Keep your core braced throughout the exercise for optimal balance.

5. Close-Grip Dumbbell Press

The bench press is a classic chest exercise, but by shifting your grip close together on a barbell, you emphasize the anterior delts and triceps more. Using dumbbells can simulate the close-grip barbell press, giving you a workout that hits your triceps and the shoulder muscles they help to stabilize—and, as a bonus, strengthens your chest even more.

The effort of keeping the two dumbbells close together while bench pressing them will maximize the effectiveness of this triceps exercise, and you’ll find it does wonders for your triceps’ long head.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench with a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms so they are perpendicular to the floor while holding the dumbbells using a neutral (palms facing each other) grip.
  3. Slowly lower the dumbbells to your chest.
  4. Return to the start position and contract your triceps.

Pro Tip: Keep your elbows tight by your side—if they flare out, the workout’s focus shifts away from your triceps to your chest.

Read also: Close Grip Dumbbell Press: Muscles Worked, How-To, Variations, and Tips

6. Close-Grip Dumbbell Push-Up

For bodyweight training, push-ups are among the “superstar” exercises! They engage every “push” muscle in your body, harness your core, and even force you to squeeze your glutes and legs to keep your lower body stable.

A close-grip (hands just 2-4 inches apart) targets your triceps and shoulders much more effectively. Using a pair of dumbbells as a solid platform to grip elevates your body off the ground and allows for a much deeper push-up.

How To:

  1. Place a dumbbell on the floor so its handle is perpendicular to the floor.
  2. Hold the sides of the dumbbell so your fingers are wrapping around its sides.
  3. Slowly lower your chest to the dumbbell.
  4. Explode back up.

Pro Tip: Make sure the dumbbell has a solid base. Using a dumbbell with a curved or oval base can increase injury risk.

Read also 13 Next Level Push-Up Variations For Muscle Mass, Strength, and Performance

7. Dumbbell Skull Crusher

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Skull crushers are an absolute beast, but don’t worry, no one ends up with a skull crushed! They’re simply given that name due to the way the weights are lowered toward your face/forehead, using the strength of your triceps to push the weight back up.

For those with strength imbalances (one arm stronger than the other), switching to dumbbells allows you to highlight the imbalance and pay extra attention to the weaker arm.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench with a dumbbell in each hand and arms extended so they are perpendicular to the floor.
  2. Grab the dumbbells with a neutral grip.
  3. Keeping your elbows pinned, lower the dumbbells so they are beside your ears at the bottom.

Pro Tip: As you gain more experience, lower the weight behind your head.

8. Tate Press

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The Tate Press could also be called a “Chest Crusher” because it’s like the skull crusher exercise, just with your arms shifted inward toward your body rather than up toward your head. It’s definitely an awkward-looking exercise, and it requires a great deal more control and strength than most people realize. This exercise biases your lateral triceps head to build definition on the outside of your arm.

How To:

  1. Lie prone on a bench holding a dumbbell in each hand using a pronated grip and elbows fully extended.
  2. Flex your elbows to lower the dumbbells toward your chest.

Pro Tip: This exercise can be tough on your wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Start with very light weight until you master the proper form, then slowly increase as your joints adapt to the unfamiliar movement.

9. Incline Kickback

Using an incline bench adds an extra element of isolation to the kickbacks, and allows you to target the muscles at a slightly different angle. You’re still going through the full 90-degree range of motion, but the focal point changes because your body is at a 45-degree angle rather than perfectly flat.

This shifts the focus from your upper triceps to your lower triceps, strengthening the medial head and increasing the power around your elbow. The medial head spends the most time under tension, making it the most effective option to grow your lower triceps in both size and power.

How To:

  1. Set the incline bench at 45 degrees and place your chest against it while holding a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip.
  2. Raise your elbows above your midline.
  3. Keeping your upper arms pinned, extend your elbows.

Pro Tip: Set the incline bench at 45 degrees. Setting it at an angle that is too high or low will skew the focus point.

10. JM Press

The JM Press is a “hybrid” exercise, which combines two different exercises—the skull crusher and the close-grip dumbbell press—to deliver a more well-rounded, harder-to-complete workout.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench while holding a dumbbell in each hand using a pronated grip.
  2. Extend your elbows fully.
  3. Slowly lower the dumbbells to the bottom of your neck.
  4. Explode back to the starting position.

Pro Tip: Use a relatively light weight for this exercise. Technique is more important in this exercise than poundage.

11. Dumbbell Triceps Dips

Dips are an amazing bodyweight movement that targets your triceps, with some focus on your shoulders, chest, and upper back muscles. Doing them using a pair of dumbbells allows you to work closer to the ground and reduce the weight on your arms.The added effort of maintaining your balance despite an unstable weight increases triceps and core engagement.

How To:

  1. Place a dumbbell on the floor so its handle is perpendicular to the floor.
  2. Sit on the dumbbell and position your hands on top of the dumbbell.
  3. Extend your elbows and position your hips so they are slightly in front of the dumbbell.
  4. Slowly lower your hips toward the floor as far as you comfortably can.

Pro Tip: Use one of the largest dumbbells in your gym. It will give you a decent height and space to keep your hands. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart for better balance.

12. Triceps Gravity Press

Unlike most other exercises on this list, muscle contraction at the top or deep stretch is not the goal of the triceps gravity press. This exercise aims to keep your triceps under constant tension throughout the lift and will smoke your horseshoe muscles by the time you’re done with it.

How To:

  1. Lie on a bench while holding a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip.
  2. At the starting position, your lower arm should be parallel to the floor.
  3. Keep your core tight and extend your arms overhead as far as possible while keeping your forearms parallel to the floor.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position, and repeat for reps.

Pro Tip: Use a weight that allows you to complete the recommended reps with a full range of motion.

13. Dumbbell Half-Bench Skull Crusher

Although the conventional dumbbell skull crusher is a great exercise to beef up your arms, adding a little variety never hurts. The dumbbell half-bench skull crusher will help build core strength, stability, and muscle mass. The exercise also reduces the chances of using momentum while performing the lift as you’re literally hanging off the bench.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench so that only half your back is placed on the pad.
  2. Grab a dumbbell with a neutral grip on the side that is off the bench. Extend your arm so that it is perpendicular to the floor.
  3. While keeping your elbow pinned, lower the dumbbell until it is at the side of your head.
  4. Return to the starting explosively.
  5. Repeat for recommended reps before switching sides.

Pro Tip: Maintain your spine’s natural curvature throughout the exercise.

14. Eccentric Dumbbell Skull Crusher to Press

If you cannot choose between the neutral-grip dumbbell press and the skull crusher on your triceps day, you should try the eccentric skull crusher to press as it gets you the best of both worlds.

How To:

  1. Lie on a bench while holding a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip.
  2. Your arms should be extended and perpendicular to the floor at the starting position.
  3. Without moving your upper arms, lower the dumbbells until they are at your ear level.
  4. From this position, pull the dumbbells to the sides of your chest in a single sweeping motion.
  5. Press the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for recommended reps.

Pro Tip: Use a slow and controlled movement throughout the exercise.

15. Dumbbell Triceps Extension to Gravity Press

The dumbbell triceps extension to gravity press makes your arms work in two planes — horizontal and vertical, ensuring you get the best bang for your buck.

How To:

  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your feet placed flat on the floor.
  2. Place a pair of dumbbells at the sides of your head and grab them with a neutral grip.
  3. While keeping your elbows close to your body, extend your arms so they are perpendicular to the floor — this will be your starting position.
  4. Slowly lower your forearms until they are parallel to the floor.
  5. While keeping your forearms parallel to the floor, extend your arms overhead as far as possible.
  6. Return to the starting position by bringing your elbows over your shoulder and extending your arms.

Pro Tip: Perform this exercise without any weights initially to drill the movement.

16. Dumbbell Floor Press

The dumbbell floor press is different from the close-grip dumbbell press in that it allows you to work with heavier weights and increases your range of motion.

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How To:

  1. Lie on an exercise mat and place your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Grab a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip and place your elbows at your sides — this will be your starting position.
  3. While exhaling sharply, lift the dumbbells so the dumbbells are over your shoulders at the top and your arms are perpendicular to the floor.
  4. Return to the starting position in a slow and controlled motion.

Pro Tip: Contract your triceps throughout the range of motion to ensure constant tension on the back of your arms.

17. Dumbbell Cross-Body Triceps Extension

The cross-body triceps extension is one of the most under-utilized arms exercises. It is a variation of the dumbbell skull crusher that focuses on the medial triceps head.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench and grab a dumbbell in one hand.
  2. Extend the arm so that it is perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Without moving your upper arm, lower the dumbbell until it is a few inches away from the opposite shoulder.
  4. Return to the starting position and repeat for reps before switching sides.

Pro Tip: Use your non-working hand to steady the elbow of your active arm, ensuring it remains stable during the exercise.

18. Plank Triceps Kickback

If you’re running short on time and want an exercise that’ll help you build horseshoe triceps while setting your abs on fire, boosting core stability, and burning an awful lot of calories, the plank triceps kickback is what you need.

How To:

  1. Get into a high-plank position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Grab a dumbbell in one hand with a neutral grip and row it to your side so that your elbow is at your side.
  3. While keeping your upper arm glued to your side, extend your arm straight.
  4. Return to the starting position and repeat for reps before switching sides.

Pro Tip: Ensure that your body is in a straight line from head to toe throughout the exercise.

19. Reverse Grip Dumbbell Press

If you want triceps that look like a horse kicked you in the back of your arms, you need to add the reverse grip dumbbell press to your exercise arsenal.

The reverse grip dumbbell press is a wrist and forearm-friendly version of the reverse grip barbell press. Using dumbbells allows you to better isolate the triceps, helping achieve a better pump.

How To:

  1. Lie on a flat bench while holding a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms so they are perpendicular to the floor. Grab the dumbbells with a supinated grip.
  3. Slowly lower the dumbbells to your chest while keeping your elbows tight to your sides.

Pro Tip: Breathe in during eccentrics and exhale sharply during concentric.

20. Angled Single-Arm Overhead Extension

As you have more lifting experience under your belt, the conventional single-arm overhead extension might start feeling a little too easy. It’s when you know it is time to introduce the angled single-arm overhead extension to the mix.

You’ll perform this exercise on an incline bench angled at around 45-degree to the floor. Performing the lift at an angle puts the back of your arms under constant tension.

How To:

  1. Set an incline bench at 45 degrees.
  2. Place your right side on the bench while holding a dumbbell in your left hand.
  3. Raise your left arm overhead.
  4. Keeping your elbow pinned, lower the dumbbell to the back of your neck.

Pro Tip: Your upper arm should align with your torso throughout the exercise for optimal muscle fiber stimulation.

21. Prone Double-Arm Triceps Kickback

The prone double-arm triceps kickback is a great exercise for beginners or folks who have a hard time maintaining amind-muscle connectionwith their triceps in the bent-over position.

This kickback variation is harder than the incline kickback as you have to keep your upper arms parallel to the floor throughout the exercise, which is more exhausting than holding them at an angle.

How To:

  1. Lie prone on a flat bench while holding a dumbbell in each hand using a neutral grip.
  2. Extend your arms so they are parallel to the floor.
  3. Keeping your elbows pinned, bring the dumbbells to your chest.
  4. Contract your triceps on concentrics.

Pro Tip: Keep your shoulder blades retracted throughout the exercise.

22. Single-Arm Neutral Grip Dumbbell Z-Press

The single-arm neutral grip dumbbell Z-press is a functional exercise that can help you put more meat on the back of your arms and build insane pressing strength.

How To:

  1. Sit upright on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
  2. Grab a dumbbell in your right hand and lift it to your shoulder.
  3. Place your left hand on the floor for support.
  4. Explode through the concentric (upward) part of the lift and contract your shoulder at the top.
  5. Return to the starting position, pause at the bottom, and repeat for reps.

Pro Tip: Focus on your triceps while performing the lift by actively contracting your triceps throughout the movement.

23. Standing Eccentric Triceps Extension

This unconventional triceps exercise will set your triceps on fire.

How To:

  1. Stand upright with a shoulder-wide stance while holding a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip.
  2. Extend your arms straight so that they are parallel to the floor.
  3. While maintaining an upright torso, bend at your elbows to bring the dumbbells towards your head as if doing a biceps curl.
  4. Return to the starting position while squeezing your triceps as hard as possible.

Pro Tip: The exercise is best done with lighter weights.

Dumbbell Triceps Workouts

Beginner’s Dumbbell Triceps Workout

If you’re new to working out, you can get a good workout by doing a few pressing exercises and some overhead work. Some dumbbell triceps exercises may not be important later, but you should still do them to build your strength and coordination.

Pressing exercises help make you stronger, while overhead work targets specific areas to help you grow better. Finally, when you’re tired, doing a kickback exercise is a really good way to finish.

Here’s an example workout:

ExerciseSetsReps
Neutral-grip dumbbell bench press310
Dumbbell Half-Bench Skull Crusher312
Bent-Over Triceps Kickback315

Dumbbell Triceps Workout for Building Muscle

To grow your muscles, you can do a variety of exercises with different levels of intensity and repetitions. For the best results, make use of both pressing and extension exercises. You can lift heavier weights for fewer repetitions when doing pressing exercises, and use lighter weights for extension exercises to do more reps.

For all of these exercises, pick a weight that makes your muscles work hard and gets them close to failure by the end of the set to see the most growth.

Here’s an example workout:

ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Two-Arm Dumbbell Extension38-10
Tate press310-12
Dumbbell skull crusher312-15
Single-arm overhead dumbbell triceps extensions215

Understanding Your Triceps Muscles

The triceps assist in the stability of the shoulder joint by retraction and extension of the elbow joint, as well as assisting with shoulder flexion. The triceps muscles on the backs of your arms are actually made up of three parts:

  • The long head. This is the “inner” part of your upper triceps, the part closest to your body.
  • The lateral head. This is the “outer” part of your upper triceps, the part farthest from your body.
  • The medial head. This is the lower part of your triceps, which sits just above your elbow. It’s also the smallest part.
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The long head connects to your scapula (shoulder bone), the lateral head is connected to your humerus (upper arm), and the medial head is connected only to the lower part of your humerus with a tendon that stretches down to the ulna (one of your forearm bones).

The triceps serve the function of extending your forearm from the elbow, as well as helping to extend and adduct (move inward) the arms at the shoulder.

The medial head does most of the work of extending the arm, but it’s the two upper heads—long and lateral—that develop the serious pushing power. Hence, they also develop the greatest size.

Go stand in the mirror and flex the muscles on the back of your arm. You’ll notice that you naturally extend your arm downward, of which the upper two heads are flexed. Often, the long head (closer to your body) is larger than your lateral (outward) head. This is because of the two heads, the long head is more engaged in pushing activities.

What does this mean for your triceps training?

It means that you need to incorporate exercises that focus more on the lateral head, to help you develop better overall strength. Expanding the lateral head also helps build greater muscle definition and arm breadth. Your arm will get thicker and the lateral part of your triceps muscle will be more visible than the long head, when viewed from the front.

To improve the definition and strength of both long and lateral heads, it’s a good idea to train using dumbbells. Barbell triceps exercises engage both arms at once, which typically builds more strength in the long head (which does more of the “pushing” work). This isn’t at all a bad thing—it helps you to develop greater push power—but it does focus more on the long head, the larger of the two upper triceps heads.

Using dumbbells isolates your arms, forcing them to work one at a time and giving you greater focus on the specific part of the muscle you want to target.

But the muscles aren’t just for show. They’re the first muscles that are engaged with any “push” movement.

Your triceps are engaged in every single pushing movement—the shoulder presses, bench press, push-ups, handstand push-ups. Whether the target is your chest (bench press) or your shoulders (shoulder press), your triceps have to work to aid the larger muscle groups in doing the pushing work.

Your triceps also play an important role in your upper body and arm mobility. They help move your arms at the elbows and improve your range of motion. They’re vital for any activity that utilizes upper body muscles (particularly swimming and boxing).

To put it succinctly: you need to spend time strengthening your triceps. Your ability to exercise and lift heavy depends on it!

Read more about triceps:

  • Best Old-School Triceps Workouts
  • Best Triceps Exercises For Building Bigger and Stronger Arms
  • Long Head Triceps Exercises for Thicker, Stronger Arms
  • Build Bigger Triceps with Skull Crushers
  • Lateral Head Triceps Exercises for Bigger Arms
  • Supersets For Bigger, Stronger Biceps and Triceps
  • Best Methods For Getting Jacked Triceps
  • Best Triceps Pushdown Alternatives

Conclusion

Your triceps are very important muscles for maximizing “pushing” power, and for giving your arms the definition and size you want. It’s always a good idea to spend time focusing on your triceps and building the strength that will keep your elbows and shoulders strong in whatever you do.

Use the list of exercises above to help you craft an effective, targeted training session to pay extra attention to your triceps. Test them out, find which feel best for your current fitness and mobility level, and work to increase your strength. As you grow stronger and more mobile, incorporate the other more difficult movements into your routine.

The time you spend working out these crucial push muscles is never wasted!

References

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FAQs

What is the number 1 tricep workout? ›

The three best exercises for bulking up the triceps are: Triceps Pushdown. Close Grip Bench Press. Triceps Extension.

What is the king of all tricep exercises? ›

1) Tricep Dips

This exercise is the king of tricep-builders! Performing this movement using your bodyweight has the benefit of naturally forcing the muscle to lift an incredibly heavy load, therefore the harder the muscle has to work the more muscle fibres are recruited, leading to more growth.

What exercise hits all tricep? ›

Three exercises that hit all 3 heads of the triceps are: Cable Triceps Pushaway for long head. Diamond Cutter Pushup for lateral head.

How to get bigger triceps? ›

The long head of the triceps makes up two-thirds of the overall size of the muscle. So, if you want to get big triceps, you need to prioritize this area. Exercises like Overhead Triceps Extensions, Lying Triceps Extensions, and Triceps Pushdowns with a rope attachment can help you target the long head.

Are triceps hard to grow? ›

The triceps are one of those muscle groups that like to be stubborn. They require sweat, consistency and high-intensity exercise. It's not one of those workouts where you can turn on your tunes and put your brain on cruise control. You have to reach your limits and push.

What tricep exercise should I do first? ›

1 Train your triceps with pushdowns or "flexing" type movements first. Lifters often complain that lying triceps extension (skull crushers) shred their elbows. I agree, as it's happened to me, too. So always begin your triceps training with a pushdown – rope pushdowns are the best – and get blood into the area.

How many triceps a day? ›

Training your triceps every single day is not recommended, as it can lead to overtraining and potential injury. For maximum growth, we suggest training triceps 2-3 times per week, allowing at least 48 hours of rest between sessions.

What is the best tricep builder? ›

Now we've answered a few common questions on how to build bigger triceps, it's about time we gave you the best exercises for bigger triceps:
  • Overhead Tricep Extension.
  • Tricep Dips.
  • Skull Crushers.
  • Tricep Pushdown.
  • Close-Grip Bench Press.
  • Diamond Press-Ups.
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What is the best tricep grip? ›

To build bigger triceps, the underhand grip is better than overhand. Here's why. An overhand grip encourages the lifter to externally rotate the shoulder with pronation and an underhand grip internally rotates with supination.

What exercise builds triceps the fastest? ›

Here are 5 of the best exercises to get your guns growing.
  • Dips: Dips are simply to perform and don't require much equipment. ...
  • Close Grip Bench Presses: ...
  • Push-downs: ...
  • French Presses Or Lying Triceps Extensions Or Skull Crushers: ...
  • Overhead Extensions:
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What's the fastest way to build biceps and triceps? ›

How To Get Bigger Arms: 5 Bicep and Tricep Workouts
  1. Curls. These can be done with barbells, dumbbells, or a machine. ...
  2. Close-Grip Bench Press. This is one of the best bicep and tricep workouts to strengthen your arms. ...
  3. Chinups. With palms facing you, grab the pullup bar and wrap your thumbs around it. ...
  4. Tricep. ...
  5. Pushups.

Do skull crushers hit all three heads? ›

Skull crushers work all three heads of the tricep and can be a helpful tool for building strength and size in the arms. Working your triceps will help to improve pushing movements like the bench press, and can help build overhead throwing strength.

Do dips hit all tricep heads? ›

Yes, tricep dips do hit the long head of the triceps muscle, but this exercise is equally effective for targeting the lateral and medial heads as well.

Is 3 tricep exercises too much? ›

How many tricep exercises should I do? You should do 3-5 tricep exercises per training session, making sure to choose exercises that hit all 3 heads of the triceps, put the long head of the triceps on stretch, and hit overlapping strength curves.

Do tricep kickbacks work all 3 heads? ›

The tricep kickback works all three heads of the triceps, with the lateral head most engaged during the movement. This exercise can help to build strength and size in the arms, and improve pushing lifts.

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