The triceps sit at the back of the upper arm. In fact it is the only muscle at the back of the arm. It is called the ‘tri’ceps because it is, as the Latin clearly states, a three headed muscle. There is a long head, a medial head and a short head. These three head originate at different places in the shoulder and all end up inserting into a thick tendon at the olecranon process of the ulna, or what we call the elbow. All three heads of this muscle extend the elbow and the long head alone is an extender and adductor of the shoulder joint. Most yogis and yoginis become acutely aware of the location and strength of this muscle in Chatturanga Dandasana. If you read my previous article about cycling, you will know mine got pretty beat up in the Fall. My go-to YTU exercise for the tricep, especially for that long head is Long Head of the Triceps. I do it after my rides, I have my indoor cyclists do it after class, I have my yogi and yogini cyclists and triathletes make it part of their routine. It is a great strengthener and toner for that stretched triceps. Check it out below and on the 10 Minute Quick Fix for Shoulders video.
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