This video shows how to strengthen the arm extensor muscles (triceps) on the back of the arm.  The triceps are important any time you straighten your arm against resistance. This is important in all pushing motions. Body movements such as using your arms to push yourself from a reclining to upright position or using your arms to push yourself out of a chair all use the triceps. The triceps also help to support overhead movements such as washing your hair and putting an item on a high shelf. You may also feel the burn of the stabilizers in the shoulder of the arm that is holding the band as they contract to support proper positioning which is normal and helps to strengthen the shoulder joint as well.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.

You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.

*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.