Overhead Tricep Extension

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Triceps
Secondary Muscle(s)
Equipment Dumbbell
Emphasis Isolation
Type Push

Overhead Tricep Extension Instructions

  • Be seated in a strong athletic position
    • Chest up with your shoulders back.
    • Core is braced, your low back is not arched.
    • Eyes are fixated straight ahead.  
  • Grip the base of a dumbbell and place it overhead behind you.
    • Elbows are flared slightly.
  • Initiate the mind-muscle connection of creating and maintaining tension in the tricep throughout the exercise.
  • Extend your arms at the elbow and press the weight overhead. 
  • Lower the weight while keeping tension on the tricep. You can let your elbow track back slightly. 
    • Don't aimlessly lower the weight. 


  • Don't let your low back arch. Keep your core braced and spine neutral. 
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