I can’t tell you how many times I see people at the gym machining through skullcrushers, only to stand up between sets and rub their elbows. Other dudes can't do any pressing exercises because their elbows are too banged-up to do anything.
It goes without saying your triceps make up a large portion of your overall arm mass. Unfortunately, many lifters treat their triceps like an afterthought. Some guys only train triceps at the end of their workouts. Other guys stick to exercises that wreck their elbows and then wonder why they can't bench press anything.
See, here's the thing: Lots of guys train hard, but not every guy trains smart. Training smart means you’re picking the right exercises for YOU—not restricting yourself to what everyone else is doing. Smart training is especially important when you're working around an injury, or avoiding a spot that has been giving you trouble. The goal is to get stronger and stay healthy, not beat your body up and force your joints past their limits. If an exercise feels like it's stressing a joint too much, change things up—there's always an alternative that can reduce pain while still challenging your muscular development.
Ready to change things up? Try these four tricep exercises. They'll put less stress on your joints, but still tax your muscles plenty.