The Best Science-Based Triceps Workout For Mass (DUMBBELL ONLY)



this new dumbbell only science-based workout series will cover the best workouts for growth for each muscle group starting today with the triceps now although with just dumbbells your exercise selection does become more limited this does not mean that your gains will have to suffer as a result because by picking the right exercises and performing them in the right way you can build muscle just as effectively as you could with anything else but to start let's first briefly cover the triceps muscle anatomy and what exactly this means for your training the triceps is a large muscle of the upper arm making up most of the mass of the arm with its primary role being to extend the elbow and it's composed of three distinct heads the long head which is the largest of the three and located towards the back of the arm the lateral head which is located further on the outside of the arm and the medial head which is the smallest of the three heads meaning that when training in triceps you'll want to choose triceps exercises but enable you to adequately hit all three heads as this will provide better growth and symmetry in your arms over time and in this workout I'll show you exactly how to do just that the first movement of this workout is going to be the close grip dumbbell press and is going to work the whole triceps muscle but with most of the emphasis on the lateral and medial heads as well as some involvement from the chest and this exercise was chosen for a couple of reasons first of all is vital that we start out this workout with an exercise that can be loaded with heavy weight since we know based on multiple muscle fiber composition studies that the triceps are typically type 2 dominant which are theorized to best respond to heavier loads thus making this exercise an ideal option to accomplish that since it's a safe and convenient exercise to go heavy with in addition we know based on EMG analysis done on the barbell bench press that moving the hands closer together shifts more of the tension to the triceps as a result we can easily apply that same concept with dumbbells instead by using a Close Grip press where the elbows remain tucked close to the body as shown here rather than a traditional wider grip dumbbell press and as for the optimal pressing angle in 1994 EMG analysis by barnett and colleagues found that a flat bench angle produced significantly higher triceps activation than an incline decline or vertical angle during pressing movements thus indicating that sticking with a flat bench would be ideal and as you perform this movement ensure that you're using a full range of motion such that you're coming down to the level of your armpits and then fully locking out at the top in order to maximally contract the triceps next we'll want to move on to incline dumbbell kickbacks set at about a 45 to 60 degree incline which will be mainly used to target the long head of the triceps located towards the back of your arm this exercise effectively hits this region of the triceps since it puts your long head in a state of maximum contraction relative to the two other triceps heads illustrating this is an EMG studied by Barron's and bus keys which found that incline dumbbell kickbacks elicited the highest long-headed activation when compared to other common triceps exercises as you can see in the following EMG graph this exercise activates the long head twist ethically greater degree than the two other triceps heads simply meaning that it's a great choice when it comes to emphasize in the long head however the researchers also noted that in order to best utilize his exercise for long head development is vital that you keep the upper arm parallel with the body and make a straight line between the shoulders and your pinkies as this is what effectively leads to a peak contraction of the long head thus I'd recommend starting out with lighter weights for this to a boy letting your arms drop as they fatigue and then gradually increase the weight as you get stronger over time next we're going to move on to another exercise to further hit the long head with more volume since it makes up most of the mass of your triceps yet is often neglected in a lot of routines incline dumbbell extensions are the exercise of choice here as they place the shoulders in a flexed position which we know well as a result specifically emphasize the long head of the triceps to a greater degree and doing these on an incline set to roughly 45 degrees enables you to provide an even greater stretch to the long head since you can now achieve even more shoulder flexion when compared to a flat bench angle however as I've stated in the past with this exercise when performing this movement you want to refrain from starting and ending each rep with your arms directly overhead since at the top position there's virtually no tension placed on the triceps so instead move the arms back slightly lock them here and then proceed to perform your reps as this will now provide tension to the long head of the triceps throughout the whole range of motion leading to better triceps growth in the long run as a finishing movement for this workout we're going to use close grip dumbbell push-ups which is going to hit the whole triose muscle pretty evenly with some involvement from the chest and front delts as well and by placing your hands on dumbbells as opposed to the ground it enables us to achieve a slightly greater range of motion and elbow extension for the triceps than we would otherwise thus providing more tension to the triceps and better growth over time not to mention the increased comfort it provides on the wrist as well that was for your hand placement we'll go off the recommendations of this 2016 paper from the journal Physical Therapy science the researchers compared triceps activation during shoulder width wide and narrow grip Diamond push-ups and as shown here the diamond push-ups elicited the highest triceps activation when compared to the other grip widths simply meaning that when setting up your hand placement for this push-up I suggest setting the dumbbells up for your hands as if you were to do a diamond push-up like so in order to shift as much tension onto the triceps as possible and with this exercise you want to aim for higher reps and push close to or to failure as this is crucial in order to maximally activate the triceps when performing bodyweight exercises and then as you get stronger over time you can continue aiming for even more reps and you did previously or you can add weight to your back like so just to ensure that you're progressing over time so to sum everything up here's a sample dumbbell only triceps workout that you can perform using the exercises I previously discussed in addition to this I've also made a free downloadable PDF of the workout with reps sets and tutorials included for every exercise just so you have something to refer to when you're at the gym doing the workout and to get this PDF you can simply head on over to built with science comm /d B PDF and I'll send it right over to you so there you have it guys I hope that you were able to see that both choosing the right exercises and performing them in the right fashion is crucial when it comes to building muscle as effectively as possible this is true not only for the triceps but for all the other muscle groups that you train as well and this is exactly why within my bill with science programs we've taken the time to carefully select each and every exercise that goes into your routines based on science associate you can build muscle and see results in the fastest manner possible so if you haven't already you can simply head on over to built with science comm to take this starting point analysis quiz in order to determine what program is best for you anyways as always if you enjoyed this video please don't forget to give it a like leave a comment down below subscribe to the channel and turn on notifications for the channel as well as this all really does help me out I really hope that you enjoyed the first video to this new series please do let me know in the comments what muscle group you want me to cover next and get right to it thank you so much everyone I really appreciate it and I'll see you next time

31 Comments

  1. Hope you enjoyed part 1 of this new series! You can grab the free PDF for this workout here: https://builtwithscience.com/dbpdf/ . Comment below what muscle group you’d like to see next! Also, all studies are linked below for your reference.

  2. for the close grip dumbbells pushups, i've only been able to do around 11 reps per set. Is that normal? My wrists hurt when doing the workout

  3. 8 minutes of crap. 2 minutes of the actual  what we wanted  to know

  4. Which software you use??

  5. Awesome videos man! Wondering if that gym is in vancouver?

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  7. You here to dislike, I hate seeing people copying from others, get your own ideas for YT videos!

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  9. The dumbbell only series is great idea !!!!!
    Can help people workout at home gym with adjustable bench and dumbbells.
    This is my first ever comment on YouTube
    You deserve it, and please cover all the body parts going head to toe.

  10. You know what would be a really awesome video to put out? You should do a video about all the type of performance enhancements that Is out there and how harmful they can be to one’s body. It would be a very informative video I’m pretty sure I don’t know all of them quite yet and I would love to get to learn more about all these dangerous performance-enhancing drugs such as HGH steroids peds etc

  11. Asking for advice and posting it here since it is the most recent video posting. Question on weight-lifting gloves. I am 64 y.o. with mild arthritis in my thumbs. Wearing weight lift gloves helps a lot to pad my thumbs and palms which helps me to work harder. But the thick leather pads on the palms make me feel the dumbbells are not securely held. What I would like are padded gloves but with a gripping or even Velcro type surface for the palms and base of the thumb. Many so-called non-skid leather padded gloves wear smooth very quickly. Then it feels like I really don't have a secure grip. And that doesn't feel right. I've tried Amazon and I'm not seeing any. Any help out there? TIA, Andrew

  12. Great helpful video as usual, thanks

  13. Can you plz do a video on caffeine? How much and how often you rekomend the use and when to take a breake from it and so on ☺️👍🏻

  14. Always train on your feet

  15. Chest dumbbell workouts please…

  16. nice

  17. Thank you so much for this. Chest next, please!!!

  18. Lauda dumbbell bhosidke

  19. Jeremy I read that the triceps long head also does retroversion of the humerus. is that not External Rotation? Shouldn't we externally rotate the dumbell at the extension range of the movement?

  20. Where are the other videos in this series? You have us waiting like its a mixtape.

  21. Jeremy can we do fullbody workout 5 days a week?

  22. I’m really gonna love this series because it is all stuff I can do at home with the dumbbells and weight bench I have already. That really saves time in the long run which I feel like keeps up the motivation to work out. Great video as always

  23. It would be awesome if you told us how many sets is sufficient for Triceps growth – 3-4 sets 8-12 reps?

  24. Will you make a video about training arms every day

  25. Thank you Jeremy. I had been needing some new free weight tricep routines. Have a great week.

  26. I did this at the gym yesterday and straight murdered my triceps. I’m looking forward to the rest of the dumbbell guide

  27. Thnx for these series I'm going to follow them all. I workout at home so it's appreciated.

  28. Your content is amazing!! you have inspired me to start my own youtube channel too. I'm 20 years old and have just made my FIRST video!!

  29. for me the best tricep exercise is declined french press with ez bar, none other works best

  30. Ever heard of dips?

  31. very good. From Thailand.

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