Workout Wednesday #7

by DavalosMcCormack on January 21, 2009

The triceps are the Rodney Dangerfield of muscles, they never get any respect. Especially from men. Men love those big bulging biceps that they think look cool in a t-shirt and make them look like a pumped up Arnold Schwarzenegger (before he became the Governator).

But often people forget the muscle behind the muscle, the triceps. It’s overlooked and neglected because it’s on the back of the arm, where you can’t really see it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. In fact, if you really want to develop your biceps you need to work on your triceps too because they help to support and stabilize the biceps and the shoulders.

Women also overlook the triceps, at least until they become a mass of jiggling flesh that hangs down like a curtain off the arm. Not a particularly attractive look.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s pretty easy to build up the triceps, keeping them strong and sleek. What’s cool is that you don’t need any special equipment to do this, all you need is a chair.

Here’s how it works.

Sit on the edge of the chair with your hands at or slightly under the hips. Lift up on to your hands, and bring your hips forward so that your weight is being supported by your arms and your bottom is now off the chair and ahead of it.

Your legs should be stretched out in front of you but not completely straight, the knees should be slightly bent.

Then, bend your elbows allowing your bottom to slowly drop towards the floor. When your arms are almost at a 90 degree right angle, pause for a second, then slowly push yourself back up to your starting position.

That’s it. It’s very simple but it is a great way to work out that tricep, building up strength, keeping it taut and elegant.

As always, when you start out you should do it slowly, making sure you have the technique and mechanics correct. Then start out by doing a series of, say, ten. As you get used to that add more repetitions.

And there are several other, equally easy, ways to work out the muscle. Take a look.
The best part is you can do this anywhere, at home or in the office. You can do it during a commercial break between segments of “Lost” or “American Idol”. You can do it at work if you are on a particularly long and boring conference call (is there any other kind?).

Think of it. You are having fun and/or getting paid and getting a much better body at the same time. How bad can that be!

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