Though the equipment-free move may look simple, it also happens to be pretty easy to mess up. “It’s a great exercise to really target the back of the arms, but I tend to see a lot of people do it the wrong way,” Lotuaco says. There are three common mistakes she sees people make when doing tricep dips—all of which are keeping them from doing the move properly. First up, people tend to hinge forward in their hips, which puts undue pressure on their knees (and can potentially result in pain and discomfort). Next, they face their fingertips away from their body, which prevents them from actually engaging their triceps—aka the whole point of the exercise to begin with. Finally, they lift their shoulders and get into their neck, which Lotauco says “is really not great for your posture.”
Press play on the video above to find out how to avoid these common missteps so your tricep dips will always be in flawless form. And, as always, don’t forget to stretch when you’re done.
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