Ok, a little background first. Been a skinny bastard all my life, and since I can only do so much about the bastard part, I decided it was time to be a little beefy for the first time ever. I started lifting in early February, typical arms & chest yahoo you've all seen at the gym wondering why he can't pack on the poundage. Long story short, I tried to push a little hard one day, gave myself an exertion headache, and wound up here trying to figure out exactly what I did to myself. Started reading, cleaned up my diet, ate my face off, hopped on WBB 1 and haven't looked back.
So, as to my question, I've been progressing up in weight on all the exercises, starting out easy, doing warm up sets, the whole shebang. But as soon as I try to throw some real weight on the bar for french presses, my wrists hurt like mofos, my form gets awful, wrong muscles try to pick up the slack, more pain, etc etc.
I'm guessing cable tricep extensions aren't a full substitute, as they involve fewer muscles, but I'm looking for some more options. Thanks in advance!
Try dips. It seems like a lot of people have pain problems when doing french press/skull crushers.
Age: 23 - Weight: 237 lbs - Height: 6'1''
S(atg) - B - DL
375 - 335 - 515
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Skulls, cable push-downs, JM Press, bench dips.
dips are good but have you tried doing single arm skull crushers with dumbells? that might change the angle of the pressure on your wrists as opposed to using an EZ bar
B: 255x1 DL: 375x1 SQ: work in progress
Goals: B-275 D-400 S-275 Weight- 180
OH tri extensions.. that can be rough on the shoulder though
Some good Triceps movements include:
- Dips or Weighted Dips
- Close Grip Bench Press
- Overhead Barbell or Dumbbell Extensions
Thanks for all the input guys. I already do dips and narrow grip bench as part of the WBB1 routine. I'll give some of the other suggestions a shot. Good to know it's not just me and my skinny wrists that have issues with the french press.
Last edited by wags; 05-19-2010 at 06:48 AM.
heavy board presses and band pushdowns - both underrated tricep exercises..
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