Women, what are the two body parts I always hear you complaining about? Ready… go…
- Love handles
The big question I hear most is, “How do I get rid of these bat wings?” or “My underarm continues to ‘wave’ after I stop.”
So what do they ask to work on?
One exercise that I often see performed throughout gyms or in exercise DVDs is the tricep dip. This is a great body weight exercise and yes, it does work those batwings. However, when it is performed off a bench or floor, the risk of injury can often outweigh the benefit of kick ass triceps.
Why can they be detrimental?
When performed off a bench or on the floor, the palms are face down with the fingertips facing forward, a rather uncomfortable position just to hold. It also decreases the integrity of the shoulder by internally rotating the shoulders forward. This is not an ideal position to bear weight and can eventually cause wear and tear or inflammation to the area.
Well, you still want sexy chiseled triceps, so now what?
Simple fix! Use a dip or parallel bars to rearrange your hand placement so they are neutral with hands facing one another. This allows for a much more functional placement of the hands to bear weight and a safer position for the shoulders.
Can’t do bodyweight dips? No worries, grab a band. Place the band over each bar creating a sling for your foot or knee to go in. This will help to offset some bodyweight.
Decrease your risk of injury and maximize your chance of results!