Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I’m all about doing exercises from the comfort of my home, and doing them with as little equipment as possible. This is why I love kettlebells: I can use them and then store them away easily when I’m done. There are also exercises I do that don’t require any equipment at all, for example, using a door to do pull-ups, which I wrote about a month ago.
Another exercise I do that uses things you already have around your house or hotel room are tricep dips. This is on the same level as the door pull-ups in terms of difficulty, working the elbow and shoulder joint along with the tricep muscle. Best of all, it’s easy to increase difficulty as you get more comfortable with the exercise and it becomes easier.
To start with tricep dips, first find a chair. Sit in it as you normally would but with your hands gripping the front of the chair on each side of your body. Push yourself up off the seat, moving your hips forward so your butt is now hovering in the air in front of the seat. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and lower your self down while staying close to the front of the chair, then push back up. Repeat 10 to 20 times.
With this exercise, the closer your feet are to you the easier it is. If you find it too easy, move your feet out further. If that’s still too easy, grab a second chair and put your feet on that. This is a great, easy exercise that you can do in between commercials when you’re watching TV, or as a way to stretch at work when you’ve been sitting at your desk too long.
After the jump, check out a video tutorial of tricep dips with a chair: