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Tips for Long-Term Triceps Health

Written on May 16, 2012 at 8:05 am, by Eric Cressey

I’d wager that if you chatted with 100 lifters over the age of 30 with more than five years of strength training experience, they’d tell you that their triceps exercise selection has increasingly diminished with each passing year.

It’s sad and disturbing, but not unexpected.

Barbell and dumbbell triceps extension variations can kill the underside of the elbows.

Dips can irritate the medial aspect of the elbow in the bottom position, or just bother the AC joint at the shoulder girdle.

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3 Responses to “Tips for Long-Term Triceps Health”

  1. Nev Says:

    Hey Eric,
    Great article as ever, I have suffered with elbow issues for a while now. I’m 37 and I think I overdid it on phase 3 of maximum strength, the close grip benching and the bar rollouts really did my elbows in! I’ve had what has being diagnosed as tricep tendonitis for a while now and even 6 months off lifting still hasn’t cured it properly. As you said the elbow joint is pretty compact and there’s a lot going on there. I’ve had plenty of soft tissue work, grafton technique and accupuncture but still not quite cured. I’m not sure I want to go down the steroidal injection route as you avoided in your early days. I’m going to follow your suggestions and see where I get, fingers crossed! Thanks, Nev

  2. Dave Says:


    What do you think about this approach for elbow/tricep pain?

  3. Eric Cressey Says:

    Dave – good info!

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