Tricep extension trains the little muscle we neglect in favour of the bicep. Our triceps are as important as any other muscle in the body, but every day, I see more and more people who train their biceps but not the triceps.
When you fail to train your muscles evenly, you permanently alter the muscles. In this case, they are unable to straighten their arms because their biceps are too tense and their triceps are undertrained.
Please do not fall into this trap and start training those triceps!
Now, as a beginner, you might not have conventional dumbbells at home. What you can do is to take a water bottle and fill it up. You already have a weight. A friend of mine, N, used her Biology textbook to do this exercise when I introduced it to her.
Be sure not to twist your wrist around.
Your forearm should be in motion, not your entire arm. Moving your entire arm does very little for your tricep and trains other muscles instead!
Do not hunch or arch your back throughout the exercise. This can cause lower back pain which is extremely unpleasant.
This is a personal preference. I don't like the strain I feel from looking straight ahead, so I tend to look down. However, if you're comfortable, then it's fine.
This is the easiest method of making the exercise a little tougher. There are always objects at home that you can use as weights, so explore and try it out!
This is true for most exercises. Just hold the position for 3-5 seconds can make a lot of difference to your workout.
Do not neglect any muscle.
Yes, I may be repeating myself too much, but I really hope you understand how important it is not to spot train or to focus only on one aspect of your body.
Exercising is simple and this workout is no exception. So there is simply no excuse for you not to go and give it a try. I'm sure you're sitting on a chair to read this and a water bottle is not far away from you right?
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