Whatever you want your arms to do, stretching your triceps will help prepare them for it—whether you’re after muscles to rival the Incredible Hulk or just want to avoid embarrassing injuries bench-pressing the bar.
If you have been inactive for a length of time, or if you’ve had any recent surgery or physical problems, particularly of the muscles and joints, please consult your doctor before you start a stretching or exercise program.
Step 1: Stand & bend knees
Stand up straight with your knees slightly bent.
Step 2: Bend & raise elbow
Bend your right elbow and lift it straight forward and up so the inside of your forearm is next to your ear and your palm is facing your back.
Step 3: Grab elbow
Reach your left arm over your head, placing your left hand on the front of your right elbow.
Step 4: Pull elbow back
Gently pull your right elbow back until you feel a nice tension.
Step 5: Hold stretch
Hold for 10-20 seconds, breathing deeply
Step 6: Repeat on left arm
Release your right elbow and lower your right arm to your side. Bend your left elbow and repeat the stretch with your left arm.
Step 7: Repeat on right arm
Release your left elbow and repeat the stretch on your right elbow again, going slightly further into the stretch and holding for up to 30 seconds.
Step 8: Repeat on left arm
Release your right elbow and repeat the stretch on your left elbow again, going slightly further into the stretch and holding for up to 30 seconds.
Step 9: Release stretch
Release your left elbow and enjoy that loose-limbed feeling.