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3 Ways to Stretch Your Triceps

Keri Mikulski
Keri Mikulski is an ACE-certified personal trainer and author of the YA novel, Screwball. She resides in New Jersey where she runs competitively, plays golf, coaches softball, teaches at the local college, and regularly contributes to sports and fitness-related publications.
3 Ways to Stretch Your Triceps
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Extend Those Arms

Ever feel left out? The triceps do. Exercisers often neglect to stretch the triceps brachii, muscles located on the backs of the upper arms. The triceps assists with elbow extension and shoulder movement, and doing this behind-the-head triceps stretch is essential to any triceps workout. Stand up straight and extend your straight right arm above your head. Bend your right arm at the elbow. Bring your bent left arm above your head. Use your left hand to guide your bent right arm behind your head until a stretch is felt in the right triceps. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat with your left arm. If you feel pain, stop immediately.

Tug That Towel

Regular stretching can increase overall enjoyment of daily activities and improve performance. Stretching can be incorporated in many aspects of your day and done practically anywhere -- while you're watching television, before bed or at work -- and usually does not require heavy equipment, so perform the triceps towel stretch whenever you've got a free moment. Stand straight with good posture and grab a small towel with your right hand. Raise your right arm above your head. Bend it and dangle the towel behind your back. Bend your left arm and curl it behind your lower back. Grab the dangling towel. Gently pull the towel with your left arm until you feel a gentle stretch in your right triceps. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat this exercise with your left arm above your head. Stop if you feel pain.

Side Triceps

What makes a perfect exercise regimen? Basically, it's a combination of cardiovascular training, strength training, endurance training, flexibility training and diet. Many exercisers neglect the stretch, even though as little as 30 seconds of flexibility training can bring big benefits. The benefits of regular stretching include reduced muscle tension, increased range of motion, improved circulation, stress reduction and injury prevention. The triceps side stretch is a good addition to any flexibility training routine. Stand or sit with perfect posture. Extend your straight right arm. Bring it across your body and above your left shoulder. You may need to bend at the elbow. Hold your right arm with your left hand until you feel a gentle left arm.

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