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5-Minute Fitness: Tone Your Triceps

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Leslie Sansone

Leslie Sansone
Courtesy Hilmar Meyer-Bosse

Strengthen the large muscle at the back of the upper arm that’s involved in every pushing motion you can think of in minutes a day. “Triceps show results quickly! While this move can be done with light hand weights, I prefer a resistance band that I can take anywhere and adjust so the level of tension is just right for any given day,” says Leslie Sansone, star of the Just Walk DVD fitness series.

Triceps kickbacks
1 Place center of band under forward foot as shown. Grasp and hold band in each hand, at least 6 inches from ends.
2 Bend forward from hips so shoulders are over forward foot. With back flat, bend elbows so band is taut but not stretched.
3 Without moving elbows or upper arms, extend forearms back until arms are straight. Hold for a moment, then return forearms to bent position. Repeat 15 to 20 times, as able.
Reps: Gradually work up to 3 sets per day.
Challenge: Hold band farther from ends to increase resistance and difficulty.

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