Barbell Skull Crusher

Learn how to perform barbell skull crushers with video and instructions by SHOCK App trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Barbell Skull Crusher

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Triceps

Exercise Families: Arms

Equipment: Barbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Lie on a bench with a barbell extended above your head. Position your hands shoulder-width apart and place your feet on the ground or bend your legs and place your feet on the edge of the bench. This is the starting position.

  2. Bend the elbows to lower the bar toward the shoulders. Pause briefly, tighten the back of the arms to extend the elbows and move the barbell to the starting position. Pause, and repeat for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  3. You should feel this exercise challenging the back of the arms and triceps. 

Alternative Exercises:

Dumbbell Skull Crusher  Tricep Kickback

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