Seated Overhead Barbell Extensions


  • This exercise is performed seated with a short back support. Sitting backwards on a preacher bench, as shown in the pictures, provides excellent support.
  • Hold the barbell straight up above your head. Using an EZ-curl bar as shown in the pictures will make the exercise easier on your wrists.
  • Keeping your elbows by your ears and pointing straight in front, lower the dumbbell until your arms make a 90 degree angle. Keep your elbows as stationary as possible.
  • Slowly raise to the starting position, contracting the triceps muscles.


  • Focus on keeping your elbows pointed forward when you lower the weight. This will isolate the tricep muscles.
Primary muscles Triceps
Secondary muscles