Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredDumbbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Triceps Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Two Arm Standing Dumbbell Extension Overview

The standing dumbbell tricep extension is a variation of the tricep extension and an exercise used to isolate the muscles of the triceps.

Overhead extension exercises are particularly useful in targeting the long head of the triceps muscle. Having a larger and more dense long head will give you an overall appearance of a larger tricep.

Isolation exercises for the triceps are particularly useful for those looking to achieve aesthetics. They can also be helpful for those looking to increase their strength on other pressing motions.

Two Arm Standing Dumbbell Extension Instructions

  1. Select the desired weight from the rack and stand in an open area.
  2. To get into position, lift the dumbbell to the top of your shoulder, take a deep breath, overlap your hands around the dumbbell, then press it into position overhead.
  3. Maintain an overlapped grip and slowly lower the dumbbell behind your head by unlocking your elbows.
  4. Once your forearms reach parallel or just below, drive the dumbbell back to the starting point by extending the elbows and flexing the triceps.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Two Arm Standing Dumbbell Extension Tips

  1. Don’t overextend through the lumbar spine, keep your ribcage down by maintaining tension through the abs and glutes.
  2. Using a slow eccentric (lowering portion) of the exercise can help to improve tension and mind muscle connection.
  3. Keep the head in a fairly neutral position, don’t allow the neck to jut forward as this may place excessive pressure on the cervical spine.
Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2021 - 13:39

How long should my resting period be between reps and exercises

Posted on: Fri, 04/02/2021 - 19:56

I feel slight pain on my lower back when I do this

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Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2021 - 09:09

Hey Filipe - this can happen when you're not properly bracing your core and squeezing your glutes. If the issue still continues, try this movement while sitting down.

William Covingt...
Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:58

how do you choose what dumbbell to use ? and what weights should you have to select from?

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2012 - 04:35

it's easy to work any time and any where

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