Words: Keith Atkinson
Pic: Andy Stallman
The Triceps, usually just called the triceps, is a three-headed muscle located at the back of the upper arm. These muscles’ primary function is to extend the elbow, and the long head helps the Latissimus Dorsi muscle (big muscle group located on the back), to bring the arm toward the body. Strong triceps contribute to a powerful and toned upper body and can help you perform many daily functions as well as giving you strength and power for controlling the rig on the beach and of course water. This is especially important when exiting a gybe, for example, at the point when you’re pushing the rig away from you with the back hand as the beginning of the rig change.
In the gym, the Triceps also assist in the bench press and the press-up – two moves intrinsic to training the chest. If you want to improve on these exercises, you need to strengthen the triceps.
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Authored by Keith Atkinson.