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Sleek, Strong Triceps (You know you want them!)

 

How your triceps look can be the difference between pulling out a sleek tank top or sticking to a t-shirt with baggy sleeves. The triceps are sometimes an area we neglect, yet there are so many simple exercises that target the backside of the arm. Bonus: they don’t require much equipment.

Tricep dips are a killer way to tone all of the muscles that run from the back of your upper arm all the way down to your elbow. Grab a sturdy chair or bench, and position your hands shoulder length apart. Make sure your fingers are facing towards you. Position yourself in front of the bench with your seat hovering only a couple of inches away from it. Bend your elbows (your elbows should always have a slight bend to avoid hyperextension), and lower yourself down to a 90 degree angle. Return to starting position and repeat 10-15 times. Do 2 or 3 sets of these at least 2-3 times a week. It’s important to avoid letting your shoulders hike up towards your ears, and make sure to keep your seat close to the bench at all times.

A tricep pushup may be a bit more challenging than a tricep dip, but you can modify as you build the strength to complete a pushup on your toes. For the full pushup, get in plank position and lower your chest to the floor. Push back up to start. The difference between this and a regular pushup is keeping your upper arms parallel to your sides with your elbows pointing straight back. This is a no-nonsense exercise that targets the triceps, so don’t be afraid to lower your knees to the ground if you need to! Do 10-15 of these 2-3 times a week, and you will be on your way to building sleek and strong triceps. Stick with it!

 

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