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Get Ripped Triceps In Four Weeks

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The biggest muscles in your arms aren't your biceps. Your triceps makes up two-thirds of the muscle mass in each, so you need to target them if you want to improve your performance in other upper-body exercises, such as the bench press. If you play a sport then you’ll benefit from more power during throwing and pushing movements.

This six-move workout will help you get killer triceps. And here’s all the information you need about when and how to do it, and what weights to use.

Timing Allow 45 minutes, including the warm-up.

Days Add this workout to your weightlifting regime by doing it once a week for four weeks.

Weights Select a weight that allows you to complete all the reps with perfect form. You should not reach failure before the last set of the last exercise. If you’re having to move your upper arm around to control the weight, it’s too heavy.

Warm-up Spend five minutes on a piece of cardio equipment and then do four sets of bodyweight exercises such as burpees.

Tempo Allow one second to lift the weight, pause at the top for one second, then take two to three seconds to lower. Each set should take 40-60 seconds.

Rest Rest for one minute between sets and two minutes between exercises.

1 Diamond press-up

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Sets 2 Reps 10

Targets Chest, triceps

Why Bringing the hands together shifts effort to the triceps

How Place your hands flat with forefingers and thumbs touching to form a diamond. Lower your chest as far as you can.

2 Seated EZ-bar overhead triceps extension

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Sets 2 Reps 10

Targets Triceps

Why Target the triceps effectively with a heavy weight

How Keep your upper arms still as you lower and lift the weight. Brace your core to avoid arching backwards.

3 Medicine ball wall pass

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Sets 2 Reps 10

Targets Chest, triceps

Why Work your chest and triceps explosively for a compound training effect

How Pass the ball away from you without leaning into the move. Keep your arms high on your chest and hands behind the ball for each pass.

4 Reverse grip press-down

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Sets 2 Reps 10

Targets Triceps

Why This focuses the effort on the lateral head at the back of your arm

How Use an underhand grip. Keep your elbows by your sides as you press the bar down.

5 Two-arm dumbbell kick-back

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Sets 2 Reps 10

Targets Triceps, core

Why Your core has to stabilise the move while your triceps provides the power

How Lean forward at the hips, keeping your back straight. Keep your upper arms in line with your torso.

6 One-arm press-down

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Sets 2 Reps 8 each side

Targets Triceps

Why Finally, isolate each arm to maximise muscle exhaustion

How Keep your body upright to avoid using your bodyweight to initiate the move. Start with your weaker arm.

Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.