Best Tricep Exercises

This article will list the best tricep exercises (properly triceps). Triceps are the muscles on the back of the upper arm. They are used to extend the elbow and are used in all pushing motions.

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Two types of tricep exercises

Triceps exercises can divided into two groups: Compound motions and isolated motions.

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Compound motions. These are exercises that use several muscles along with the triceps. Compound motions are mostly pressing motions. Examples are push ups, dips, overhead press, etc. In these exercises, the triceps shares the load with other muscles. One might think that these exercises are inferior tricep exercises, but they are not. They are still effective because the load on these exercises is greater and the triceps still gets a lot of stress.

lsolated exercises. These are exercises that isolate the tricep muscle during the motion of the exercise. Examples would be triceps push downs and the TRX triceps press. These exercises are best to get added stress on the triceps in order to grow the muscle.


Triceps Push Ups

Triceps Push Ups

Triceps Push Ups, or pushups, are probably the most effective of the triceps exercises for developing the triceps muscles. This is because anytime you are moving your body instead of moving an object in your hands, you are using more muscle and using more energy. This will lead to greater results. Another reason I like them is because they require no equipment so you can do them at home. Besides this exercise, you can see more at List of Exercises by Body Part. Remember, an exercise is only as good as the workout program it is part of. Make sure you check out Best Exercises Programs.


  • Lie face down on the ground
  • Position your hands palms down next the the lower part of your chest.
  • Push up your body as in a push up.
  • Slowly lower your body back down until just before your chest touches the ground .
  • Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions or until fatigued

Check out the List of Exercises by Body Part.