Tall guys this guide on how to do skull crushers addresses the challenges tall guys may encounter while highlighting the exercise’s unique advantages to boost your bench press. 

From tricep isolation and joint-friendly movements to versatile adaptations with different equipment, the benefits are substantial.

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Understanding Skull Crusher Challenges For Tall Guys

Tall guys often find it challenging to maintain proper form and maximize muscle engagement during certain exercises. The skull crusher is no exception, as longer limbs may require longer duration of time to feel comfortable/strong during this lift.

How To Do Skull Crushers For Tall Guys

Skull Crusher Advantages For Tall Guys

Isolation of triceps

Skull crushers effectively isolate the triceps, targeting the long head of the muscle for comprehensive development.


The exercise is joint-friendly when performed with proper form, making it suitable for tall guys seeking to avoid unnecessary stress on the elbows and shoulders.


Skull crushers can be adapted for various equipment, including barbells, dumbbells, or an EZ bar, providing flexibility in your training routine.

Overall tricep definition

Consistent inclusion of skull crushers in your workout routine contributes to improved tricep definition and strength. Which will help in filling out the tall guy t-shirts you own, made specifically for our height.

Skull Crusher Disdvantages For Tall Guys


Other than the skull crushers being a hard movement to get strong enough to move a good amount of weight, there is no specific disadvantage being tall.

Tools You'll Need

One of the three choices below will work for skull crushers.

  • Barbell
  • Dumbbell 
  • EZ bar
this is a dumbbell for skull crushers
this is a barbell for skull crushers

How To Do Skull Crushers For Tall Guys

1. Skull crusher set up

  • Lie on a flat bench with your back fully supported and your feet flat on the ground.
this is a photo of tall Paul setting up for a skull crusher

2. Grip and hand placement

  • Grasp the barbell, dumbbells, or EZ bar with an overhand grip, hands slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart.
  • Extend your arms fully, positioning the weight directly over your chest.
this is a photo of tall Paul with his arms extended to do a dumbbell skull crusher

3. Elbow position

  • Keep your elbows in a fixed position throughout the movement, pointing toward the ceiling.
  • This helps isolate the triceps and prevents unnecessary strain on the elbows.

4. Descent

  • Lower the weight by bending your elbows, allowing the dumbbell to move towards the top of your head.
  • Ensure a controlled descent to maintain tension on the triceps.
this is a photo of tall Paul lowering the weight for skull crushers

5. Full range of motion

  • Aim for a full range of motion by lowering the weight until it’s just above your forehead.
  • Focus on the stretch in the triceps at the bottom of the movement.

6. Ascent

  • Extend your elbows and push the weight back up to the starting position.
  • Keep the movement controlled to maximize tricep engagement.
this is a photo of tall Paul extending his arms to finish a skull crushers

7. Breathing technique

  • Inhale as you lower the weight and exhale as you push it back up.
  • Maintain a consistent breathing rhythm throughout the exercise.

8. Reps and sets

  • Reps and sets all depend on your goals for the gym & what other lifts you have done that day to complement the skull crushers.
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