This isn’t exactly a “skull crusher” because you do it by lowering the dumbbells to each side of your skull. But basically you keep your elbows perpendicular to the floor while lying on a bench, palms facing each other, and perform extensions. Here are the advantages:
- A neutral hand position helps keep your pecs out of the movement – something common with regular barbell skull crushers.
- Unilateral stabilization forces more triceps engagement.
- You can alter your form easily when you hit fatigue and extend the set, as you’ll notice in the video.
- They’re superior to rope pushdowns because your elbows are away from your torso creating a better stretch.
- There’s also less torque on your wrists compared to pronated hand position variations.