1. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips
    March 23, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I love the close grip bench press. Not only does it work underused triceps muscles but for me it’s better on my shoulders. Every time I try to do barbell bench press with a wider grip, I end up having shoulder pain. I also like diamond pushups and do an incline version of them as well.


    • Kevin - Fitness B&W
      March 23, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

      I’ve got the same problem when it comes to shoulder pain. I find that dumbbells work your chest as good or better anyway. Agreed, incline diamond pushups are great!


  2. ButtonPlay
    August 25, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    Spot on article! my triceps are my best bodypart and most of it comes from
    supersets of barbell skull crushers with close grip benchpress/california press.

    Sit reverse on the on the Olympic bench, facing the bar, take it out of the stand and lie donw, do your skull crushers (10 – 7 reps) in good form (resist flaring out the elbows!!!) and once you are about to fail, IMMEDIATELY move in your hand a bit further and CRANK OUT as much close grip benchpresses as you can,10, 15, 20, or until the cows come home , this really puts slabs of beef on the triceps, thats 1 one superset, do 3 of them.


    • Joe
      April 3, 2013 @ 4:47 am

      Why the **** are you describing how to do CGBP’s when the article already does it??? WOW i’m SO blown away at your expertise in how to do the CGBP that i praise you!!! Is that what you wanted? Pathetic loser :-/


  3. ButtonPlay
    August 25, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    Also agree with the notion that certain exercises don’t work for everyone, i have very long arms, weighted dips (i have done them with 80 pounds for reps) don’t work me, the shoulders fail before the triceps due to the long lever, its a matter of biomechanics, however weighted dips between benches allow me to go slow , move the arms in even closer behind the back and have the upper body stay upright, really isolate the target area.

    Generally i feel that most guys with short arms (not all) benefit from compound pressing motions and longer armed individuals should throw in more isolation work, with dropssets, supersets etc.

    On the plus side, having a long arm, the long head of the triceps is often notable longer , and the long head is where most tape measure arm sise can be gained, for the long head i like dropsets of 1 arm dumbell overhead extensions


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