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Shoulder and Arm Exercises: Elbow Extension/Triceps Press

Man standing doing triceps press exercise.

This exercise stretches and strengthens your shoulders and triceps, the muscles in the back of your upper arm. Before starting this exercise, talk with your healthcare provider and read through all the instructions. During the exercise, breathe normally and use smooth movements. Stop if you feel any pain. If pain persists, call your healthcare provider.

  • Grasp a ___ pound  weight in each hand. Raise one arm overhead. Hold that arm close to your ear. Bend your elbow and lower the weight behind your head, as far as you can, being careful not to hit your head. Ask your physical therapist or healthcare provider how much weight to use. 

  • Slowly straighten your elbow, extending your arm upward. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat ____ times with each arm. Do ____ sets ____ times a day.


Keep your head still and neck straight. Keep your arm close to your ear. Don’t arch your back.

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