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How to Stretch Tricep Muscles

author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
How to Stretch Tricep Muscles
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Your triceps muscles are on the back of your upper arms. They contract when you straighten your arm and lock your elbows. The triceps fire up when you perform pushing or pressing movements, including pushups and the bench press. They also play a key role in throwing sports. Your triceps can tighten and shorten as a result of exercise or daily activities. Keep them loose, flexible and injury-free with a basic stretching program that requires minimal space and no special equipment.

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Step 1

Sit on a chair or stand in a relaxed position with your back straight.

Step 2

Raise your left arm straight overhead, then bend it so your left hand is on the middle of your upper back. Your biceps and forearm should be touching.

Step 3

Reach over with your right hand and grasp your left elbow on the top, so your right palm faces down.

Step 4

Pull your left elbow gently toward your right side until you feel a stretch in your left triceps. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Cross Body

Step 1

Sit comfortably in a chair or stand with your back straight.

Step 2

Reach your left arm across your body, just under your chin at about shoulder level.

Step 3

Place your right hand on the outside of your left elbow and pull your left arm gently toward your right shoulder.

Step 4

Stop when you feel a stretch in your left triceps and hold it for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat the stretch with your right arm.

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