It’s tough always playing second fiddle. Scottie Pippen had to watch teammate Michael Jordan go down as the greatest basketball player of all time. In the video game world, Luigi was always relegated to the little brother while Mario stole the spotlight. And you can’t tell us The Thing doesn’t have some kind of inferiority complex thanks to The Incredible Hulk.
The point is, no one likes being the afterthought, no matter how important they may be. Such is the case of the tricep. Although a prominent muscle in the arm, it takes a perennial back seat to the superstar bicep.
But should they be? A lot of people don’t think so. For one, your tricep is about ⅔ of your arm. And you wouldn’t ignore ⅔ of a textbook if you were trying to ace a test. So why do so many people neglect their triceps in lieu of exclusively training their biceps for sculpted arms? Maybe those folks are just trying to nail their Draymond Green impression.
And hey, we’re not declaring war on biceps. They’re critical for strong, healthy arms as well. We just don’t want them hogging all the limelight like some egocentric pop star.
Here are a few more facts about triceps and why they’re so critical, courtesy of DietTools.com:
- The average triceps muscle is twice as big as the biceps muscle
- The triceps muscle has 3 separate heads
- The triceps muscle is mostly responsible for straightening your arm
- The triceps muscle instigates shoulder and elbow rotation
That’s why we want to do our part today and make sure the tricep is given its due. So we’re going to show you our favorite bodyweight exercises that stimulate growth in the tricep. Coupling these with your bicep routine are going to give the lean, sculpted look you’re looking for when it’s “sun’s out, guns out” time.
Take a look at the following list of calisthenics maneuvers and we’re sure you’ll have a new appreciation for your second-favorite arm muscle. But don’t be surprised if you get a good workout in other areas of your body with these exercises. After all, that’s the best part about bodyweight exercises: no isolation!
And if there are any favorites of yours we don’t cover, let us know in the comments!
7) Bar Dips
6) Diamond Push-Ups
5) Crab Walk
4) Bench Dips
3) Towel-Grip Pull-Ups
2) Pike Push-Up