Variations of Skull Crusher Exercise
There are several different ways you can do lying tricep extensions.
Barbell Skull Crushers
This variation is performed with a standard straight bar. Keeping your hands in a more pronated position.
While there’s nothing wrong with using a barbell, it can be more uncomfortable on your wrists.
EZ Bar Skull Crushers
An EZ bar is generally shorter and lighter than a barbell. And it has bends in it that make it easier to grip.
Where you place your hands affects the muscles used. For example, a close grip works a little more of the lateral head. While a wider grip works more of the medial head.
Dumbbell Skull Crushers
Using dumbbells allows you to isolate each arm independently. This is great for working more of the stabilizer muscles.
In addition, DB skull crushers prevent your dominant arm from taking over. So both arms get an equal workout.
Incline Skull Crushers
Finally, this variation is performed with an upward angle on the bench. The angle creates more tension on the triceps at the bottom of the movement.
You can also do this on a decline angle, which reduces the stretch at the bottom. Some people report this is easier on their elbows.