Various exercises go in out of my rotation, and I was recently reminded of an old favorite that had been out of the rotation for far too long: the simple tricep pushdown:
Basically, you grab a straight bar and with your elbows at your side, you push the bar all the way down to your thighs. Then you slowly bring your arms back up to shoulder level. Rinse. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Notes: 1) stand as close to the machine as possible, and 2) contract those abs!
Other tricep-centric exercises in my repertoire are bench dips, kickbacks, and pullovers, but this one is my favorite, by far. I can tell (or think I can, which is all that really matters) a difference in my triceps over the past few weeks.
What’s your current favorite exercise?
On another note: you’re all aware of the cantaloupe recall, aren’t you? Being something of a cave girl, I had no idea until yesterday that there had been a significant listeria outbreak attributed to some cantaloupes from Colorado. With 13 deaths suspected to be related to the tainted melons, this is serious business. I’ve got another week or so to get past the incubation period (4 weeks). Also, I don’t seem to be in the high risk group (elderly, pregnant, or compromised immune system) for contracting listeria, but it’s been about 3 weeks since I last ate cantaloupe so I’ll be watchful until this particular threat has passed. Sheesh, you think you’re doing the right thing by eating whole foods….