What are everyone's thoughts on the better tricep builder, full ROM close grip bench or board presses? Which would you choose for size and which would you choose for strength .... or does one of them work better for both purposes? Just something I was thinking about and wanted some other opinions.
id choose close grip only cuz i dont really know what board presses are well I have somewhat of an idea
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CG bench and skulls/french presses will make your tri's quite large.......and of course dips are great, but I do those for chest......
do both, boards will 'isolate' your tri's more but the ROM is limited obviously.
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I do skulls, that wasn't one of the choices. I do both CG and board presses already, just wanted to see which one others preferred. For the close grip benchers, have you ever done board presses?Originally posted by MonStar
Go with skulls.
I dont know then because I have never tried board presses. I can imagine that board presses would be great for your triceps though because of the lockouts. I always felt CG bench in my pecs as well as my triceps.
does skull crusher = french press?
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Skullcrushers I believe = lying French presses. I maybe wrong though.
Why not just use proper form on your bench and incline so you hit your triceps amply? And give up direct arm work. If you're benching with proper form, and throwing in some dips, your triceps will get ample work.
By proper form, I'm referring to having your arms shoulder width apart and your elbows in, to be short.
Using proper form (which, by the way, shouldn't be generalized) isn't the issue. I do use proper form when benching, but I was specifically asking people which they preferred for triceps, close grip benching or board pressing.
EVO....Skulls are lying down, french presses are seated
Otter.....Could you explain exactly what a board press is or send a link? I'm not quite sure on this..........
A board press is done with either 2,3,4, or 5 boards (2x6's in lenths of about 12"). You position the boards on your chest and bring the bar down to the boards and press up. It limits the ROM on a regular bench press and isolates the lockout, which primarily targets the triceps. It puts a lot more emphasis on the tris directly whereas in a regular bench press you go through a range of targets, delts, pecs, and then triceps. These allow you to put more weight and power into your lockouts, which puts added stress on the triceps. A great movement for building lockout strength, but I've been seeing great gains in size as well from these.
I would say CGBP would be better. I personally think tri's get plenty of work from any pressing move and direct work isn't necessary.
I've been getting good results lately with decline dumbell tricep extensions first up, awesome stretch, and then doing Close grip Bench presses - I do the CGB with 2 different styles, couple sets I lower to my collar bone, elbows out to the side, this really stretches the tris, and couple sets I lower to my sternum as per normal.
Come to think of it, I should just alternate between the two styles workout to workout to keep my Triceps guessing
My Tris are weak, and they coming up fast now!
Last edited by Blitzforce; 08-05-2002 at 02:20 PM.