04 Aug

Triceps-squeezer routine

The Triceps-squeezer routine is a combination of two exercises to be performed in super-set.
Pratically,  8/10 repetitions of the first exercise are performed and, without resting, other 8/10 reps of the second exercise. After that, you rest the determined time (2″/3″) and you repeat the circuit for a specific number of times.

Before looking at the exercises, in order to better understand thei logical sense, read this article about the triceps brachial muscle and its function, if not already done.

Once you have learned these notions, you will be able to easily understand why a single exercise cannot develop a muscle fully.


The routine

Before performing the routine, I recommend you to learn individually the two exercises, which are: lunge shoulders’ extension and standing Wrists’ extension.


Lunge shoulders’ extension



In this movement, the torso is upright and the abs “active”. If you hold the position properly, you may feel a pleasant sensation of stretching  near your thigh front muscles (that one corresponding to the knee on the floor).

The front leg’s knee never exceeds your toes, however, while pulling the band, it should be pushed forward as to oppose to your pull (this important trick makes the exercise more interesting from a functional point of view).



SHOULDERS’ EXTENTIONS –  knee’s action


Breathing pull the band with both your arms, keeping them a little bit bent (not completely straight!).

To make the exercise really effective, you need to pay close attention also to the tempo, that in this case is 1-0-1-2.

(Do not be scared of this formula, apparently ucleear, remember that each exercise can be split in two phases: one in which you pull the band and one in which you let it go. The first phase is called “concentric” or “positive”, the second one “eccentric” or “negative”).

The pictures below can help you better understand.



SHOULDERS’ EXTENSIONS – concentric or positive phase



SHOULDERS’ EXTENSION – eccentric or negative ohase


The lettering 1-0-1-2 means that you must follow this pace:

  • 1 second to complete the eccentric phase (attention not to leave the band too fast);
  • 0 seconds pause at the end of the eccentric phase;
  • 1 second to complete the concentric phase;
  • 2 seconds pause at the end of the concentric phase.


Standing elbows’ extention



In the second exercise you need to pay attention to fix the band at your higher back (and not at the neck); if you feel pain at your neck during the exercise, this means that you have not yet learned the proper set up.

(in this case, if you have the possibility, I would recommend you to invest some euros in a session with a qualified Fit Point Loop Band Trainer).

With your legs slightly bent, stretch your arms to your hips expanding your torso against the band. Pratically you should “open” your chest upwards.

It will be hard to do while breathing out.

Tempo is always the same 1-0-1-2.


egi 2

WRISTS’ EXTENSION – Concentric or positive phase (1 second)


egi 1

WRISTS’ EXTENSION – eccentric or negative phase (2 seconds)


In the video I am using a Loop Band 21mm for the first exercise and a Loop Band 29mm for the second one. Women and beginners should prefer smaller bands.

You can do approximately 8/10 reps for each exercise and rest 2/3‘ between super-sets. Super-sets may be 3 or 4 even if these parameters depend on many factors, as the type of band chosen: nothing to prevent you to complete 6 reps of shoulders extensions with a Loop Band 45mm  followed by 12 reps of wrists extensions with a Loop Band 29mm.

…it’s clear: doing a triceps squeezer with these overloads you should be really strong!


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Articolo di Andrea Boaretto – fondatore di Fit Point



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