Let’s be honest, most men and women would love to eliminate a little arm jiggle when we wave or high five. But an even better goal: Scoring stronger triceps. That’s why we’re arming you with this workout from Daily Burn 365, designed to tone the back of your arms.
Aesthetics aside, strong triceps make any pushing movement easier, because they’re the prime movers in elbow extension. They also help with shoulder extension and stabilization (hello, better push-ups!). So next time a door feels a bit too heavy to open or you have trouble hauling your grocery cart around, turn to these best triceps exercises. Strong and sculpted arms await.
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3 Triceps Exercises for an Awesome Arm Workout
Feel the burn in the back of your arms with each of these Daily Burn 365 exercises. Perform the moves in order for 45 seconds each, resting for 45 seconds (or less!) between rounds. Do as many rounds as you can squeeze into your session. Using dumbbells for each move will up the resistance, but sticking to bodyweight only works, too. Either way, both men and women will benefit from these upper body exercises.
1. Punch Sequence
How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart, and a slight bend in your knees. Hold your hands in fists in front of your face, elbows bent (a). Punch your right hand straight out in front of you, extending your elbow fully and twisting your palm to face downward. Then, like a rubber band, quickly bring it back to your face (b). Do the same forward punch motion with your left hand (c). Repeat one more punch with each hand (d). Then bring your right elbow up, palm facing downward and perform a hook or semicircle punch in front of you. Use your hips and core for more power (e). Perform a hook with your left hand (f). Continue alternating between four punches (two each hand), then two hooks (one each hand).
2. Triceps Push-Up Row Kick Back
How to: Start in a high plank position, straight line from shoulders to ankles and wrists under your shoulders (a). Lower your chest as close to the ground as you can go, keeping your elbows tucked by your sides (b). Push yourself back up (c). Pull your right elbow up, bringing your hand up to your chest to perform a row (d). Then straighten your arm behind you, pausing briefly in the extension (e). Bend your elbow again and lower your hand back down to the ground (f). Perform another push-up, then do the row and kick back with your left arm (g). Continue alternating, with push-ups between each side.
3. Triceps Lift and Hold
How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart. Bend forward at the hips, maintaining a flat back with shoulders rolled down away from your ears (a). Bring your arms up and behind you, thumbs facing down and palms facing each other (b). Squeeze your arms toward each other like you’re trying to give yourself a high five and hold it there for 45 seconds (c).
If you want to learn more of the best exercises to do for your arms, check out DailyBurn.com/365 for a new workout every morning. Your first 30 days is free!
Originally published June 2017. Updated February 2018.