Working our biceps is important, but we must not neglect the back of the arms, better known as the triceps. Working both muscle groups allows for muscle balance, therefore reducing our risk for injury. Because the triceps are comprised of smaller muscles, compared to our biceps, you may need to drop the weight lifted in order to perform these exercises with good form. Remember the goal is to provide an overload to the muscles so that growth and strength can occur.
Our triceps are not only responsible for giving us well-toned arms, but they do aid in any activity where pushing is required--everything from pushing a shopping cart, vacuum cleaner, even a lawn mower. By building strength in these smaller muscles, we are also helping to make our everyday activities a little easier.
Please note that you should not do all these exercises during one exercise session. Doing a maximum of three exercises will provide the challenges to see results.
Total Arm Toner
Triceps Side Press
Single Arm Press
Overhead Triceps Extension
The following triceps exercises were all located in SparkPeople's Fitness Resource Center's Exercise Library.
Assisted Triceps Dip Machine
Lying Triceps Lifts
Reverse Grip Triceps Pulldown on a Cable Cross Machine
Standing Overhead Triceps Pull on a Cross Cable Machine
Do you workout your triceps as frequently as your biceps? What is your favorite triceps exercise?
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