Best Lateral Head Tricep Exercises
Now that you know the targeting techniques, let’s look at some specific lateral head tricep exercises. Again, I’ve divided this list into barbell, dumbbell, cable, and machine exercises.
Barbell Lateral Head Tricep Exercises
First, let’s look at exercises you can do using various barbells.
1. Flat Bench Skull Crushers
Skull crushers are a fundamental tricep exercise where you lay on a bench and lower the bar to your forehead. The proximity of the weight to your head is how this exercise got its name. But don’t worry, it’s relatively safe!
Start with your feet on the floor and lean back with your upper body lying flat on the bench. At first, your arms will extend straight out in front of you, 90o to your body.
Before you begin, tilt your arms a few degrees back towards your head. This angle keeps tension on your triceps through the whole range of motion.
Next, lower the weight by bending your elbows. Once the bar reaches the top of your head, extend your forearms back up to the starting position.
Also, keep your upper arms fixed during the exercise to reduce the involvement of the long head while targeting the lateral head.