Your Weekly Exercise: Skull Crushers

What are Skull Crushers? Although this may sound like some sort of heavy metal band, skull crushers are actually a triceps workout, a great one in fact. These can be done with either dumbbells or with a barbell. As you can see in the picture, they are called skull crushers because the motion you are making looks as if you are crushing your skull.

Instructions: To do skull crushers you must first find yourself a flat bench. Along with the flat bench you will also need a barbell, preferably an “E-Z” barbell so you have a better grip. Dumbbells may also be used for this exercise, but again, an “E-Z” bar as seen in the picture is preferred. Once the equipment is gathered you want to lie down with your back against the flat bench. This is a good exercise in which a partner can be used especially so they can hand you the barbell once you are lying down. With your elbows bent and the barbell gripped tight you want to lift straight up with your elbows tucked in close to your body. When you go straight up with the barbell, your arms and body should look as if you were doing the bench press. You then want to bend your elbows again and bring it down near your skull where it looks as if you are crushing your skull. Continue this exercise for how every many repetitions needed. Again, a partner is recommended for this workout so they can hand you the barbell, as well as grab it from you once you are done.

Primary Muscles Worked: Triceps.