Training Triceps Lateral/Medial Head

Training Triceps Lateral/Medial Head

Check out our favorite exercise to target the lateral/medial head of our triceps!

The long head of the triceps crosses the back of the shoulder joint and contributes to shoulder extension. So, if we start an exercise with our shoulder in extension, the long head of the triceps will be in a shortened position. When a muscle is in a shortened position, it has less room to contract than when it was fully lengthened.

This is important because the long head and the lateral head both extend the elbow. Thus, when the elbow is extended while the shoulder is in extension, the long head can’t completely contract but the lateral head will completely contract. As a result, the lateral head is doing the majority of the work and being targeted!

Here is a video of our favorite tricep exercise to target the lateral head of the triceps: triceps kickbacks!

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