Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredEZ Bar
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePush
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Triceps Muscle Anatomy Diagram

45 Degree Lying Tricep Extension (EZ Bar) Instructions

This exercise is a variation of the skull crusher.

  1. Sit on the end of a flat bench width a barbell on your thighs.
  2. Grip the EZ-bar on the inner grips. Bring the bar up to your chest and lay down on your back.
  3. Extend your arms straight up above your chest.
  4. Keeping your arms straight move the bar back so it is angled out past your head.
  5. Keeping your elbows fixed in place and not pointing out, slowly lower the bar until it is almost touching the top of your head or bench behind your head.
  6. Pause, and then slowly extend your arms back to the starting position.
  7. Do not lock your elbows out, and then repeat for desired reps.

45 Degree Lying Tricep Extension (EZ Bar) Tips

  • Keep the rep timing slow and control the weight throughout the set.
  • Keep the tension on your triceps by never extending your arms fully.
  • Your elbows should be pointing down and not flaringĀ out as you move the weight.