For some of the most momentous occasions in life, people count down. From rocket launches to New Year’s Eve celebrations, the descending scale adds an extra layer of anticipation to the proceedings. But when you’re working hard to get into killer shape, it makes more sense to count up—especially if you’re stacking tons of reps on top of one another.
Men’s Health Fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. uses this tricep finisher to crush his arms with a high volume of work with a smart setup to make make the most of the routine.
“We’re using the decline skullcrusher position to maximize the squeeze we get on our triceps,” Samuel says. “The key is using that position correctly—if your upper arms stay perpendicular to your torso, that means they’re leaned back just slightly. And that means that straightening your arms doesn’t get to be a position of rest.”
To perform the finisher, you’ll need a set of dumbbells and an adjustable or decline bench. Set the bench to a decline, grab your dumbbells, and get ready to count up to maximum tricep gains.
By Brett Williams