How To Do Tricep Kickback

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Tricep Kickback

Tricep Kickback is an exercise that uses dumbbells to strengthen and tone the triceps for strong, sculpted arms. If you are sick of your arms wiggling and waving even when your hand has stopped, then this move is for you. Many people complain that as they age their upper arm starts to sag. There is a way to combat this from happening to you. If you learn how to do Tricep Kickback you will have one very simple way to strengthen and tone your upper arms and keep the from looking like your great grandma’s did!

When you learn how to do Tricep Kickback we suggest you start with lighter weights. It is extremely important you learn how to do this move properly and with full range of motion. If the weights are too heavy you will be inhibited from this. For instance, the elbows should begin in a parallel position with the shoulders. When the weights are too heavy you won’t be able to hold the arms up that high therefore starting in the wrong position from the get-go. Start light, go full range, then add heavier weights as you feel more confident in your ability to do it properly.


Tricep Kickback can be part of an overall body workout or you can pair it with other great tricep exercises such as the Tricep Overhead Extension for a superset and to double up on your upper arm. These two moves together are a powerhouse way to keep your arms tight, sculpted and ready for anything! Try to incorporate tricep kickback into your regular workout routine or check out our 15-Minute Tricep Toning Workout!

Here are the steps to performing Tricep Kickback:

1) Start with feet hip distance apart, engage abdominals, and sit back into a slight squat with arms bent at 90- degree angles, and dumbbells on the sides of the chest.

2) Press dumbbells back past hips hugging the side body while working your triceps and return the arms back to 90- degrees with control.

Targets: triceps, shoulders, quads


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