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Old 04-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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There must be a good reason JB has me doing band pushdowns quite often.
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I find that both work for me. I usually do SC first, and follow with TE. Since my body weight has gone up(330ish) I find it harder to do dips because it really makes the shoulders sore afterwards. Eventually as my strength comes back I'll try dips again...someday.
I stopped dips actually because of shoulder pain.

Been back to them a few times but they just don't seem to agree with me!
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Great replies, thank you.


To follow on from that question,

What would you say the differences are between the two?

Perks of both?
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Great replies, thank you.


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What would you say the differences are between the two?

Perks of both?
The way I do skull crushers, that I saw some PL guys(Westside perhaps) on youtube do, is allowing the arms to rock backwards more. I used to do it where only my elbows were moving, now the shoulders go back wards a little bit. Now I can feel my triceps stretching more, and it really makes a world of difference in the feel of it IMO. I feel I'm getting more out of the exercise now compared to the old way.
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CGBP had helped my bench power significantly. But when it comes to isolation: I like the movement of seated dumbbell extensions over the head. But a movement like that and like Skullcrushers makes it much harder to perform rest-pause training or drop sets, which is my preferred way of muscle building. Cable Tricep extensions allow low volume/high intensity training to be much easier. Unless of course your cable stacks jump by every 15 pounds. I've seen some that do this and I have no idea why they'd design them this way.
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Perks of both?
Skullcrushers can offer a more natural movement since you're not using a cable or machine. Some cable exercises, in my own experience, have shown to be kind of an unnatural movement. For any of these exercises, make sure your elbow don't flare and they should produce very similar results.
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I do both weekly but also dips as well since I run a fullbody routine

Mon - skullcrushers
Wed - dips
Fri - tricep pushdowns
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Most of my tricep work is via compound lifts - some every session (so, three times a week). But I do tricep extensions (with an EZ-Curl Bar, Rippetoe style) once a week as well.

I've tried pushdowns more than once, with a couple of different cable attachments - even with reverse grip once - and without exception ended up hating them.

Mind you, it's taken me a few goes to get used to the tricep extensions, also...

I think it's just one of those things you have to find out for yourself, as to what works, what's dodgy, what's optimal, etc., etc.
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Yeah CGBP's far superior than both in my opinion, with it being a compound allowing you to move the most weight.

Just thought it'd be interesting to compare the two most common isolation lifts for the triceps for a change.
I have never done cable push downs but if we talking isolation exercises for tri's I like skulls and two handed Db extensions and French press.
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One week Skull crusher the next week push downs it saves my elbows and I do close grip bench press, plus all the pushing exercise, I do have small joints but I still blast them
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