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    Default Triceps - To lock or not to lock?

    Hi all!

    Ive been told different things by different people in regards to whether or not you should lock your elbows out when doing tricep exercises, such as close-grip bench, skullcrusher, tri pushdowns etc..

    anyway, some say you should lock your elbows to and squeeze your triceps for a 1-2 sec count, whereas others say you should NOT lock the elbows because it takes the pressure/emphasis off the tricep..

    Personally, im a locker.. but am i hindering my results?

    Thanks

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    You will no doubt get a mix of opinions here, too.

    I personally DO NOT lock. I prefer to keep the reistance tension on the muscle and I believe it to also be better (safer) for your ligaments and tendons.

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    When you get to working with heavier weights, locking your elbows out WILL hurt both at the time AND afterwards. IMO it's best to lose the locking out habit early before you have pain that you need to address.

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    I agree with LtL.
    Locking out will most likely cause some problems with the elbow.
    I used to lock with my elbows in tricep movements, and I paid the price through getting an elbow injury which restricted pressing movements for a little while.
    Consistency is the key

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    This would explain my elbow pain doing triceps last week. While doing exercises i was locking out at the elbow, Wont be doing that again
    Machines are great for sitting on in between sets of Squats and Deadlifts and hanging your coat on and thatís about it!

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    Indeed, I was in the habbit of locking out my elbow aswell and when I tried to fix the habbit I couldn't hit the same reps. That tells me not only is it better for your joints but the muscle is under contraction for a longer period of time with less rest which results in greater intensity which causes epic muscle gain!
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    I believe you should never lock your joints. It doesn't matter what joint during what exercise, locking your joints places an enormous amount of unnecessary stress on them, promotes injuries, and allows a temporary rest on your muscles.

    Would you ever jump as high as possible and land without bending your knees a little bit? It's so natural for most people to land with their knees bent slightly. So always remind yourself to keep a slight bend on your joints while weightlifting, and soon enough you'll just do it automatically. Let the subconscious mind take over those decisions and you focus on lifting the weight.
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    I am in the don't lock out group, for all the reasons already noted.
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