Overhead Tricep Extension

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

By using proper form and speed, the overhead tricep extension is an excellent exercise to isolate and build strength in the tricep muscles.


Picture of Triceps


Triceps are an often forgotten muscle group. Triceps are located on the opposite side of the biceps at the back of the upper arm. Well strengthened and defined triceps make the arm look bigger and sleeker (reducing the "flabby arm" look).

Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Equipment Used

Picture of Dumbbells


The dumbbell, a type of free weight, is a piece of equipment used in weight training. It can be used individually or in pairs (one for each hand). Dumbbells vary in weight from 3lbs. up to 150lbs.

Exercise Instructions

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Step 1

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. While maintaining a neutral spine, lift the dumbbell over your head, keeping your elbows tucked in towards the center of your body.

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Step 2

Press the dumbbell over your head, keeping your elbows tight, until your have fully extended your arms.

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Step 3

Lower the dumbbell back down to the starting position and repeat.