Starting Position: On this exercise, you have to use a dumbbell that has collars which hold the weights on firmly. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Grasp one end of a dumbbell with both hands (palms up), and raise it above your head.
The Exercise: Start by bending your arms and slowly lowering the dumbbell behind your head. Keep your elbows close to your head and pointed straight up throughout the exercise to keep the focus on your triceps, not on your shoulders. Lower the weight until you feel a stretch in your triceps, hold for a count of one, and press the weight back up, following an arc so you don't bonk the back of your head.
Keep lifting until your arms are locked out and the dumbbell is again directly over your head.
Keep your elbows pointed up. and hold them in—don'/ let them flare out to the sides.
Don V hold the dumbbell like a sandwich. Place your palms so they face the inside end plate of the dumbbell, with your index fingers and thumbs touching.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.