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Triceps Extension (PowerBlocks French Press)

Elbow Extension Overhead Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the triceps muscles located on the back of the upper arms. Starting position: • Sit on the bench with your legs straddling each side. Bend the knees and place your feet flat on the floor. • Reach behind and grasp the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells), palms facing each other (or angled upward). • Draw your arms up until your elbows are comfortably overhead (different for everyone) and your hands are pointed to the ceiling. • Tighten your trunk muscles and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back. Motion: • Keeping your upper arm stationary, bend your elbows allowing your hands to move downward in an arcing motion. • Stop your motion at approximately 90 degrees (or as comfort allows) and then slowly reverse your arcing motion upward and forward until your elbows are straight. Key points: • Keep your upper arm motionless. • Keep wrists straight. • Tighten the triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion on the way down. • Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
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