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Some days you don't have time to hit the gym, but that doesn't mean that you can't do strength work on your own. Top San Francisco trainer Blake Harrison has an entire arsenal of exercises that you can do at home with little or no extra equipment. Last week, Blake walked us through four exercises to build rock-hard abs. This week, we turn our attention to the upper body. Want defined triceps and shoulders for your summer vacay? Here are three simple moves to get started.
Tricep dip:Triceps are the Instagram muscles. You can flex them without looking like a jerk, so you’ll always look ripped in party photos. (Assuming that you’re not wearing sleeves.) Tricep dips are a move you can do practically anywhere, and they’re incredibly effective.
Step 1: Start sitting on the edge of a chair, bench, or step, with your palms resting on the edge of the seat.
Step 2: Move your hips 2-3 inches away from the edge of the seat, pressing your palms onto the seat to keep your butt lifted. Your knees should be bent, the core should be engaged, and your shoulders should be pulled back.
Step 3: Bending your elbows, dip your butt toward the floor. Your elbows should be pointed directly behind you as your lower yourself. To return to the starting position, press down on the seat through your palms. For an added challenge, walk your feet out so your legs are straight.