Primary Muscle Group(s): Triceps
|Secondary Muscle Group(s): Shoulders
1. While seated, grab a barbell in an overhand grip with your hands spaced about 8" to 10" apart. Press the weight directly over your head. Your arms should be fully extended over your head.
2. Slowly bend your elbows and allow the weight to come down just below the back of your head. Once you feel a comfortable stretch in your triceps, raise the weight back up. Remember to keep your arms vertical at all times.
The seated overhead barbell extension is a great exercise that works the entire triceps area. Secondary muscle groups are the front deltoids (shoulders).
This exercise can either be done with a barbell, (or EZ curl bar), or dumbbells.
Since the arms are over head, the position of the arms allow for a longer stretch in the triceps. This possibly means more range of motion which makes this exercise so effective.
To get the most from this exercise, make sure your back is straight, your elbows are stationary and not too fat apart. Keep your feet firmly planted on the floor and keep your head level.
This exercise can be done seated or standing
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