Build your triceps, improve your lockout, and make your elbows feel better with these five resistance band exercises for triceps.
Think resistance bands (on Amazon) are just a temporary replacement for cable exercises? Well, you’re wrong. Bands are indeed a good option for limited equipment workouts, but they also offer some unique benefits. Here are five banded triceps exercises you should try.
Using two bands puts you in a good position to hit your triceps hard while better aligning force through your elbows. Keeping your hands inside the bands also provides added comfort and a “grip-less” feel when blasting your triceps. Throw a couple of bands up high (a rack, pull-up bar, door anchor) and get to work.
Compared to using a single band, this technique is better suited for when your triceps are screaming out for more weight. Most lifters find these more comfortable than just a single (thicker) band. The high resistance also feels a little smoother.
Doing sets of hundreds of band triceps exercises can have its benefits, which we’ll touch on in just a minute, but sometimes you just want to go heavy. With dual bands, the weight hits you in just the right way to give your triceps what they need.
Change up the angle of your bands to change up the feel. Here the bands are coming from an angle behind you instead of in front of you. From this direction, the band will load your triceps a little more toward the top of the pushdown. This is where bands typically fall short versus cables, but it’s still a good exercise.
Set the band up high and then step forward into it. These are somewhere in between a pushdown and an extension. This means you get some of the benefits of both.
There’s a greater feeling of tension even when the band goes slack. This will help keep the tension more constant. It also does a great job of pumping some blood into your triceps.
Tate presses are a good option for overall triceps development and arguably one of the best-aligned triceps exercises to limit elbow stress when done with cables or bands.
You’ll also notice the angle of the band relative to your arm and how this will allow for increased tension throughout the movement. Attach the bands up high or bring them lower for an angle change-up.
For Triceps Lockout Strength: Go heavy and try “grip-less” variations, or throw some Fat Gripz (on Amazon) onto the bands for comfort. Try 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps as your assistance work.
To Grow Bigger Triceps: Pick any of the above variations and focus on squeezing every rep hard, even when the band resistance is at its max. Chase a pump at the end of a workout with 2-4 sets of 12-30 reps.
For Tissue Restoration: Heavy workouts can beat up your elbows. Use bands to pump plenty of blood around those avascular tissues and promote restoration. Aim for 100 reps in as few sets as possible and with as little rest as possible. For example, you might hit 40 reps on your first go, then take a few breaths before hitting another 25, and so on. You’ll get a great pump and your elbows will thank you later.
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