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French Press- Triceps

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Area Worked

  • Back of upper arm


Muscles Worked

  • Triceps


How To Perform of Safely

An excellent way to tone or build the back of your upper arms.

  • Lie face up on a bench. Have a spotter pass the bar to you if you need to.
  • Hold the barbell straight up with your wrists locked and hands in an overhand, pronated grip (closed).
  • Your arms should be at 90 degrees to you and the bench, slightly unlocked.
  • Your wrists should be aligned with your elbows.


  • Inhale and lower the bar towards you forehead ( elbow flexion) until your elbows reach a 90 degree angle.
  • Exhale and extend your elbows to the top position.



Start Finish



  • Do not lock elbows
  • Do not over extend or bounce the bar
  • Look straight up
  • Keep elbows shoulder width apart
  • Keep wrists shoulder width apart
  • Control the movement
  • Use a full range of motion



Alternatives

  • Overhead triceps extension
  • Close grip bench press



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