Tricep Exercises for Weight Training
Tricep exercises are weight training exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles located at the back of your upper arms.
The muscles located at the back of you upper arms are called the triceps brachii, or triceps for short. Triceps are actually made up of 3 main muscles trands:
1 - the long head (located nearest your back),
2 - the lateral head (located nearest your shoulders) and
3 - the much smaller medial head.
Your tricep muscles are solicited whenever you are engaged in a pushing motion where you are extending your elbows. As such, tricep exercises will usually required the help of neighbouring muscles, notably the chest, shoulder and inner forearm muscles. As is the case with bicep exercises, because upper arms are predominantly positioned in the human body and because they are visible at the beach, tricep exercises are very popular in gyms everywhere.
Tricep exercises are performed using a wide variety of fitness equipment, ranging from dumbbells, barbell and gym-equipment. The most commonly used tricep exercise is the tricep extension in which you push a dumbbell up above your head while keeping your upper arms still. Another well known tricep exercise is the tricep kickback in which you kneel down on one knee on a workout bench and push a dumbbell back while keeping your upper arm still and perpendicular to the floor throughout.