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Posts Tagged ‘triceps extensions’

Saturday – When do you do the Ten Minute Workout

Posted by terrepruitt on June 18, 2011

Many people have plans on Saturdays.  So that is why the Ten Minute Workout is perfect.  Get up, get it done.  Sometimes you are just not sure about your day.  I am not sure what this day will hold so . . . . I am putting in a placeholder.  I will come back and check in with you.

Then later today the regularly scheduled post will be #7 of our ten, Triceps Extensions.  I do have a triceps extension post, but it is with a weighted bar and it is lying down.  In our ten minute workout we are using dumbbells and are kneeling.  (Kneeling is just easier because we are already on the floor because we just did our sit ups.)

Have a great Saturday.

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June 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Ok. To answer my own question, at 1:30, after I’ve had coffee and breakfast and waited for all that to digest. I had to make some adjustments/modifications, but I did my ten minute workout. I am confident that you will see some changes if you participate in this workout daily.

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Triceps Extension

Posted by terrepruitt on March 1, 2011

I told my Nia Sister Jill that I wanted to post some exercises one can do with a weighted bar.  Her comment on my one of my last posts helped encourage me.  A couple of ways to use the weight bar is triceps extensions.  You can stand or sit down, grasp the bar in an over hand grip, then carefully raise it over your head until your elbows are pointed towards the ceiling and the bar is behind your head, push the bar up.  Concentrate on keeping your elbows pointing up at the ceiling.  Don’t rock, sway, or use momentum to get the bar up and back down (behind your head).   Be sure that the movement is smooth and controlled.  Your core is tight.  Abs contracted to assist in protecting your lower back.  The movement is just from your elbows and you are moving your forearms.  Your head does not move, the bar does not touch your head or your shoulders/neck.

This same thing can be translated into a lying down exercise.  Elbows pointed up, forearms move.  The triceps do the work do not let momentum move the weighted bar.  In this position your core is still tight.  Abs are contracted even while lying down.  Also be careful not to let the bar hit you in the head.

You hands can be about shoulder width apart or close together.  I like to adjust the width depending on how I am feeling.  Another way to do this, depending upon the weight of your bar, you can rest one end of the bar on the ground.  While this allows for the ground to assist you with the weight, I find that it requires me to have my wrist bent at an odd angle.  Be very aware of your wrist if you are allowing one end of the bar to rest on the ground.  You want to make certain that you are not injuring the rest.  So experiment to find a comfortable position that does not put too much stress on it.

These are the same exercises that you might have done with dumbbells.  Using the weight bar is just a different way of doing them.

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Weighted Bar

Posted by terrepruitt on January 20, 2011

Look what my parents bought me for Christmas.  Yup, I asked for dumbbells, but I did it at the last minute so then gave me cash instead—WAIT!  I just realized that.  Hmmm?  Maybe I’m onto something . . . .  Sorry, I digress.  Anyway . . .they gifted me more than plain dumbbells cost so I got a weighted bar too!  Yay!  I just got it and I can’t wait until my toe is  COMPLETELY  healed so I can really use the bar.

A weighted bar can be used in so many ways.  It can be used as you would use dumbbells.  You can use it for bicep curls, bent over rows, dead lifts, lunges, triceps extensions . . . . pretty much like dumbbells.  The length adds to the effort of   having to keep it stable.  So, I can use it now, sitting down, but since it does add an additional balance element to it,   I need to wait until my toe is healed (and I can actually balance my foot) before I start adding that extra weight.

One reason wanted this was so that I could do Good Mornings, because that is one exercise that needs a bar.  Holding the bar over your shoulders just makes more sense.

For now I am able to still do Nia in my classes, but I am limited until my toe heals.  I am not doing much with weights at the time being.  I am very excited to really get to work with my bar, though.  So stay tuned.

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