Arm strength is key for conserving energy, supporting your posture, and keeping the trunk from excessively rotating, says Alison Staples, coach at &Running in Howard County, Maryland. And one way to optimize that upper body positioning: incorporate triceps exercises into your strength-training routine.
The Benefits of Triceps Exercises for Cyclists
Located on the back of the upper arm, the triceps muscles are a force that helps support your upper half. They function to help stabilize the shoulder joint at the top of the humerus [upper body bone], Staples says, and they offer the steadiness you need for better bike handling and improved posture as you pedal.
For the sake of your arm strength and, therefore, your cycling form, your upper body workouts should include a couple triceps exercises as your “accessory” moves, or those that you do after heavier, more compound exercises. Below you’ll find four movements, all hand-picked by Staples, that specifically target the triceps.
How to use this list: Pick 2 triceps exercises to incorporate into your existing strength-training workout. Complete 3 sets of each exercise, performing the number of reps listed below and resting 60 seconds between sets.
Each move is demonstrated by Staples so you can master the proper form. You will need light to medium dumbbells and an exercise mat.
1. Triceps Push-Up
Start in a high plank position, wrists under shoulders and forming a straight line from head to heels, palms slightly closer than shoulder-width apart. Bend elbows straight back to lower chest toward the floor, keeping the elbows tight to ribs to target the triceps. Press into hands to push body back up to plank. Repeat. Do as many reps as possible while maintaining proper form, to the point of fatigue.
2. Kneeling Single-Arm Triceps Extension
Start in a tall kneeling position. Holding a light dumbbell in left hand, lift left arm directly overhead and straighten elbow. (If necessary, use right hand to stabilize left elbow, reaching it overhead.) Keeping upper left arm still (don’t allow it to drift forward or away from midline), bend elbow to lower weight diagonally behind head. Pause, then straighten arm to contract triceps. Repeat. Do 10 reps, then switch sides.
3. Single-Arm Triceps Kickback
Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees bent. Hinge forward at hips, holding a dumbbell in right hand. Keeping back straight, bend right arm 90 degrees at the elbow until triceps are aligned with back, elbow close to side. Straighten right arm to lift the dumbbell up and back behind you. Pause to contract the triceps, then lower the weight back down, bending elbow to bring it to hip. Repeat. Do 12 reps, then switch sides.
4. Skull Crusher
Lie faceup, knees bent, and feet planted on the floor. Holding the ends of a dumbbell with both hands, extend arms straight above you, dumbbell over chest. Bend elbows to lower the weight toward face and to just above head. Press the weight back up, straightening arms and contracting triceps. Repeat. Do 20 reps.
You Might Also Like