Stretching serves to warm up your triceps muscles before intense use and helps them recover afterward. This is important, regardless of whether you work your arm muscles during exercises such as lifting weights or do your lifting while on the job. Stretching before activity gets blood to your triceps, increasing their flexibility and decreasing your risk of injury. After physical activity, stretches help relax tired or cramping muscles.
Overhead Triceps Stretch
Stand straight with feet hip-width apart, point your toes forward and bend your knees slightly. Begin the stretch by inhaling through your nose as you bend your right arm at the elbow and then lift your arm straight up against your head and touch your shoulder blade with your fingers.
Use your left arm as a support mechanism to help you maintain the stretch by placing and gently holding your left hand on your right elbow. You should feel the muscles along the back of your arm begin to stretch. Exhale through your mouth and hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat this stretch using your right hand as support for stretching your left triceps muscle.
Triceps Side Stretch
Starting from a standing or kneeling position, inhale as you raise your right arm to shoulder level and swing it straight across your body. Place your left hand in the area of your elbow to keep your arm in place and slowly begin to exhale as you feel your triceps stretch. Repeat this stretch using your right hand to support your left elbow.