If you’re looking to build massive arms, your triceps are the place to start. Sure, you want that perfect biceps peak, but a truly impressive pair of guns has the overall size and thickness up the back of the upper arm that only your triceps can create.
Having big bi’s without sizeable tri’s is to the arms what having A-Rod minus Jeter is to the Yankees’ left side of the infield: incomplete and not nearly as appealing. It’s time to start extending those arms, not just flexing them.
Armed for Size
Any movement that involves extending the elbow will work the full length of your triceps, but individual heads (long, lateral and medial) are activated somewhat differently depending on arm and hand position. Flaring your elbows out on triceps exercises will hit more of the lateral head, which is more noticeable from the side. Keeping your elbows in will hit the inner head and add a bit more thickness to your arms.
You should do both in your training, either by alternating elbows in and out on consecutive sets or on every other exercise. The below routines focus on the latter option and are designed to nail all three heads to optimize your triceps training.
Perform each of these workouts every week with 2-3 days rest between them. Be sure to achieve full range of motion on all movements, squeezing your triceps hard and holding for a two-second count when your arm is fully extended.
Day 1 is a solid triceps strength and size day. Use heavy weight, go to exhaustion and take a healthy break between sets – around 2-3 minutes.
On Day 2 you’ll superset triceps exercises, which will give you a great pump and serve you well at the end of a push workout (chest and/or shoulders). Start with relatively light weight on the first exercise of each superset, then adjust accordingly on the second move to reach failure at the prescribed rep count.