Strong arms are very important for holding weight during stunts, supporting pyramids, as well as executing gymnastics.
- Tricep Dips:
Placing your hands behind you on the chair, you want to form a 90 degree angle in your elbow, lifting yourself up. Your feet should also be in front of you, forming a 90 degree angle between your thigh and calf. Then, very slowly you’ll begin to lower yourself down, coming up a bit faster in a short, explosive motion.
Do not lock your elbows at the top. Doing so is very rough on your joints and you can easily hurt your elbow for many months down the line. Also, if you feel any tingly sensation or tweak, you should stop and avoid further hurting yourself.
Such workouts are most effective when each single exercise incorporates as many of the major muscle groups in the body as possible. Triceps dips do that despite the name of the exercise being misleading. They are also great for coordination and those very important brain-to-muscle connections.
You don’t need to do an excessive amount of triceps dips to reap the physical rewards of them. A good number would be sets of 20-15-12 for the physically fit tand beginners can start off with 8-6-4 to get their feet wet. As you fatigue, slow down and stop for 1 minute and then continue. Under no circumstances should you drop your weight back since that would be pretty painful on your shoulders.
To add a bit of extra kick to these triceps dips, you can lift one foot and point it straight out. Doing this gives your abs a harder workout and is great for testing your endurance.