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Straight Arm Triceps with Theraband

No weights, only a theraband and yourself are needed for this great upper arm workout!

This exercise helps tone your arms by working all three of your triceps! It requires so little equipment and space that it is easy to do anywhere. It also works your triceps in a different way than most tricep exercises because the elbows stay straight. It is great for feeling lengthened upper arm engagement.

Remember these key tips:

  • Keep the arms straight, like steel rods.
  • Keep the fingers reaching away from the shoulders (but careful not to take the shoulders with you). Imagine the tips of our fingers are touching the edge of a circle as they go back (instead of moving in a straight like).
  • Keep your shoulders down away from your ears as your arms go back. You can face a mirror and watch your shoulders to make sure they stay exactly where they are as you go back with your hands. This is especially important if you feel it in your neck and shoulders.
  • Keep your scapulas wide at the bottom. 
  • Support your shoulders from underneath the back of the arm pits and let your traps sit on top of the self created by that support.
  • Keep the chest still as the arms go back. Keep the sternum reaching down through the tailbone towards the heels and the collar bone separated from the sternum and wide into the shoulders.
  • Move your arms only!

Grab your favorite stretchy band and try this for yourself!

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This blog was contributed by our Pilates guru, Kaethe Birkner. Kaethe is a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body and dances ballet professionally at Continental Ballet Company. She has been teaching Pilates since 2012 and has been taking Pilates since 2004.