How to do the Tricep Pushup

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Are you ready to take your push-ups to new heights and greater depths? The tricep push-up is an awesome variation that targets a part of the arm that we love to tone and shape, but unlike the biceps these muscles tend to get ignored in everyday life.  Once you’ve mastered the tricep push-up, you’ll be on your way to 360 degrees of arm strength and tone!

Muscles targeted: Triceps, biceps, shoulders, core

 

How To:

  1. Place your hands on the floor lined up directly underneath your shoulders, arms stretched long.
  2. With your knees on the floor, squeeze your heels in toward your seat.
  3. Pull your abdominal wall up and in to make sure that your core is activated and your hips stay in alignment with you.
  4. Bend your elbows with arms squeezing in by your waistline to lower your chest toward the floor.
  5. Exhale and press the floor away as you lift up.
  6. Try for 10 -15 reps.

Tips for success:

  • As you lower down your elbows should graze your waistline, a great sign that the triceps are getting fully engaged.
  • Support your head by taking your focus just past your fingers on the floor, as opposed to letting your head drop and weigh you down.
  • Place a weight under your chest that you try to reach every time, keeping your motivation up to get lower – the depth is where the triceps work really kicks in to high gear!
  • When you feel ready, try it with toes tucked under and legs straight.

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