Forming the quickest healer of the arm, the tricep is the king to looking massive. With such an increased emphasis on providing the sustenance that is needed for triceps, doing too much is an accident that many are making daily. Thinking that you are stronger than what your muscles can actually do is an attitude you should not have. One of the more prominent weightlifting moves would be the tricep dumbbell extension. Few take the time away from glossing over how-to’s for this exercise and bend their arms at the proper angle, turning them diagonally.
The wrong way to do an extension, such as this one, would be to keep your elbows out to your sides or parallel to your head. Although you won’t notice immediately, sustained damage to the tendons of the tricep can start to take place. I had flashbacks of reading about how, if a separate muscle area is in pain, not the one you are trying to make stronger, you’re probably using bad form. The French press is another tricep movement that, if performed incorrectly, it will become apparent fast. I used to have constant pain in my shoulders and upper back while doing these French presses. I couldn’t figure out why I never worked my triceps, feeling that burning sensation. Before I realized that I was holding weights in an incorrect manner, I also began to get a false sense of strength.
Not being able to gauge the effective weight range to use for your triceps can build up strength in the wrong areas. Whereas the biceps muscles are responsible for what is known as pushing movements, the triceps will be the opposite, using pulling movements to become fully activated. After prolonged experience with not angling myself to the proper position, my tricep workouts were working my chest this whole time. If you are in the same boat that I was, when you do get ready to hit your triceps again, step down the weight that you have been using. When you isolate the triceps, maintaining the correct arm position, don’t begin with a weight that is too heavy.
Cheating at what you lift can occur when you are swinging your entire body or trying to move a dumbbell by using extra muscles. The muscles that are responsible for the tricep do have the potential to exponentially grow but we are still dealing with a small set of muscles that stretch to taut lengths. Even though the tricep does have a larger surface area size than the bicep, you still should maintain a degree of calmness when approaching a tricep workout. You will never want to move the triceps in a fast or jerky motion, this could end up causing a tear to happen within the muscles themselves. Rolling up the tricep muscle, along the length of the arm is an additional risk you face by not taking care to lift weights the right way. There is nothing quite worse as a man who works out his triceps five times a week, yet wonders why they aren’t looking gigantic. If you have followed along to my method of thinking, you know that the man whose triceps wouldn’t start developing properly were due to a byproduct of bad form. It is always better to lift weights that feel doable, instead of having to use jumpy movements to move a heavier set of dumbbells.