The exercise is called a triceps kick, but it will give a workout to several other parts of the body too. It’s demonstrated by Pasadena-based fitness expert, video host and teacher Tracey Mallett (www.traceymallett.com). She is the founder of Booty Barre, a technique that combines elements of dance, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and stretch the body. As you do the exercise, make sure that the spine, neck and head are aligned and that the movements are slow and deliberate.
What it does
In addition to strengthening the triceps this dynamic exercise also engages lower body muscles such as the glutes and hamstrings as well as the core. The only equipment you’ll need is a mat.
How to do it
Place feet and hands on the floor with fingertips facing forward, torso facing up, elbows slightly bent and shoulders down. Lift one leg up, keeping the knee bent. As you lower the leg toward the floor lift your hips and torso up toward the ceiling, extending the arms. Then lower your rear end toward the floor as you bend the elbows, keeping the knee bent and toes pointed.
Do five repetitions on both sides, then increase to eight to 10 reps.