Thursday, 16 August 2007

Exercise of the Week: the French Press

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For many people, particularly women, the back of the arms is many times an area of physical concern. When waving goodbye to a friend, oftentimes this area of the arm will wiggle and jiggle long after your hand has finished turning. While having flabby arms isn't necessarily a sign of poor health, it is a clear indication that the tricep muscles (which are the muscles located on the backside of the arm) are a bit underdeveloped and in need of some attention.

Enter the solution: The French Press. No, this is not the same French Press that is used to make those fancy-schmancy coffees. Rather, it is an exercise; one that effectively targets all three "heads" of the tricep, therefore making it a great way to tighten and tone this portion of your arms. To perform the French Press, lay down on a bench or on the floor as if you were about to perform a bench press. Next, hold a barbell, with your arms fully extended, in a position that lines the bar up with your chin. From there, you want to bend your arms toward you, so that your hands and the barbell slowly make their way closer to your forehead. Once the bar has just about reached your forehead, you want to then extend your arms until they are straight again. This makes for one complete repetition. My suggestion is to perform 1 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions of the French Press one or two times per week.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I have no idea why this exercise is called the French Press. I'm sure if you searched hard enough, you can find the answer to that question. But, instead of wasting my time researching the etymology of the name of an exercise, I thought my time would be much better spent finding a video demonstration of this exercise that I could share with you. After searching for a whole 23 seconds, I came across this video right HERE.

Note: The content presented in this post is for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor or fitness professional before starting a physical fitness program.

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