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Old 10-08-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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I've been experiencing some pain while doing skull crushers in my elbows, wrists and forearms when I'm performing the exercises.

I do them with 32.5KG on the bar at the moment.


Any ideas on how to prevent it?


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Old 10-08-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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I get the elbow pain. Usually on the first set when I haven't rally warmed up on the movement. Maybe try doing a lighter set or two first to warm up a bit.
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I get the elbow pain. Usually on the first set when I haven't rally warmed up on the movement. Maybe try doing a lighter set or two first to warm up a bit.
Didn't think of that

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They stress the shit out of your elbows so either cope with the pain or pick another exercise for tricepts.

Look at JM presses or Tate presses instead. (Youtube)
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I've never seen their risk worth their "benefit". There are plenty of other exercises that I think will be overall more effective, not to mention safer, in the long run. I've had more issues arise from "pulling" movements with the triceps than I have with pressing movements.

Close grip bench press, dips, etc. are exercises I would recommend over skull crushers. In addition, they can be done with MUCH heavier weights, and therefor will be more likely to encourage more serious growth.
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Fractured the radial head in my elbow few years ago and thought skull crushers would be impossible to preform. Found a grip that was comfortable and started taking them past my head and it fixed my issues with pain.
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started taking them past my head and it fixed my issues with pain.
I started doing this too a couple years ago, as opposed to just going to the forehead. I feel it's had a positive impact on the movement. Good advice.
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If your elbows hurt, tension is on elbow and not fully on triceps. Do like video and be awesome.
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Start stretching your forearms, wrists and biceps. They are likely tight.
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