Hi BG Friends!
Last night I read a short blurb in a fitness magazine about how it’s better to work both your triceps at the same time rather than one at a time because it’s easier to stabilize using both arms.
Hmm, I thought to myself; I have questions about that.
What if one side is stronger than the other?
Won’t the stronger side dominate the movement?
If so, how we do correct it so we don’t create more imbalance?
I have been a Pilates instructor since 1999 and one thing I have learned, it is rare that someone walks into my doors with completely balanced arm strength. I do a lot of arm exercises, one at a time, including triceps. If I’m worried about how stable my client is I have them lie down, as seen in the photo above. In this position we can work one tricep at a time, worry free. It becomes crystal clear which side is stronger and needs more reps to catch up with the stronger side.
Muscle imbalance leads to injury and at The Body Gallery we’re all about staying injury free and enjoying our active lifestyles! Right?! So, I suggest, we check in with our triceps, one at a time, and make sure they are equal in strength before doing both at the same time. Cool.
So the moral of the story: Sometimes one tricep is better than two!
What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you; leave a comment below. Who popped into your head when you read this? How about forwarding this tip to them, it could help.
Have a great day! Enjoy life and have fun!