Weak triceps, weak bench press?

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Weak triceps, weak bench press?

Post by Wouter » Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:14 am

Hello, I believe I have a weak triceps because I can Curl 12 kgs (about 27lbs) 14 times with 1 arm and when I do Triceps Extensions, I can only do it 13 times with 12 kgs. With both arms: my triceps are only about 50% as powerfull as my Biceps. Is this resulting in my low weight for Bench Press? (12 kgsx10 with dbs)
Could this be overcome after a few months of regular training?

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Post by TimD » Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:57 am

Well, your arm strength is definately out of balance. The triceps are approximately 2/3 of the muscle mass in the upper arms, and should be proportionately stronger than the biceps. Yes, this also results in a decreased BP. At some point in the BP movement, depending on your bone lengths, etc, the triceps take over from the chest and shoulders to finish the movement, therefore stronger triceps will result in a bigger bench. The upshot of this, is that with regular training, paying attention to your triceps, you can easily bring them up to par. I'd stick with basic movements though, and since your interested in benching, close grips (don't go too narrow) at about shoulder widthwithj your arms in close to the body will do the trick nicely. Lead off with regular benches or overheads, and follow on with some closegrips and/or some skull crushers.
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