Behind the head lying close grip triceps extension


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Behind the Head Lying Close-Grip Triceps Extension

This Tricep Exercise is a Great Triceps Extension Variation Similar to Skull Crushers

Welcome to our Behind the Head Lying Close-Grip Triceps Extension Exercise Instruction Guide! 

On this page you’ll learn how to do this version of Triceps Extension using the correct technique. Below you’ll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Tricep Exercises so you can immediately add to your Arm Workouts. 

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name: Behind Head Lying Close-Grip Extension
Main Muscle: Triceps
Secondary Muscle(s): N/A
Exercise Type: Push, Isolation
Equipment Required: Barbell or EZ Curl Bar, Bench

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This Weight Training Exercise is a great variation of Triceps Extension and is done while lying on a bench. It is similar to Skull Crushers but you’ll be pressing from behind your head rather than above your forehead. 


To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Lie flat on a bench with your head at one end.
  2. Grasp the bar with a grip about 8 inches apart and lower the bar behind your head.
  3. Bend your arms down in an arc so the bar moves in a direction under your head.
  4. Slowly return to starting position by pressing upwards with your triceps and extending your arms.


  1. Keep your elbows in a fixed position throughout the exercise.
  2. Focus on moving the weight with your triceps in a controlled motion

Additional Tricep Exercises and Variations:

Check out some of our other popular Arm Exercises and Variations:

  • Close Grip Bench Press
  • Skull Crushers
  • Tricep Pushdown
  • Tricep Kickback
  • Triceps Extension
  • Tricep Dips

Now that you’ve seen the Behind the Head Lying Close-Grip Triceps Extension, check out all of our different Tricep Exercises. 

Final Related Pages:

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  • Weight Training Exercises Main Page
  • Tricep Exercises Main Page 
  • Tricep Workouts and Bicep Workouts
  • Best Tricep Exercises
  • Barbell Exercises / Body Weight Exercises / Cable Exercises / Dumbbell Exercises

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