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Double Arm Triceps Dips with Connie Bennet


Double Arm Triceps Dip


For a quick fitness hit try Double Arm Triceps Dips which will help strengthen and tone your triceps while engaging your forearms, shoulders, chest and back.  Rancho La Puerta Fitness Instructor, Connie Bennett, recommends starting with two sets of 10 reps twice a week, and slowly building from there.

  1. Place a chair against a wall for stability.
  2. Sit with your knees bent about 90 degrees.
  3. Place your feet shoulder width apart.
  4. Grab the edge of the chair just in front of your hips.
  5. Using your arms, raise yourself off the chair.
  6. Lower yourself so your bottom touches the front of the chair.
  7. Repeat for a total of 10 times.

For an advanced exercise, there’s the Double Arm Triceps Dip with Single Leg Progression. Practice two sets of 10 twice a week, with a one minute of plank in-between reps.

Double Arm Triceps Dip Progression


Connie teaches these moves during her Cardio Muscle Blast: Level 2 class at Rancho La Puerta. You can learn more about the Cardio Workouts and a few of the other 50 classes and lectures offered every day at The Ranch here.


TRX Plank to Pike

TRX Plank to Pike

With TRX’s Plank to Pike you strengthen your arms, increase your core strength, and add flexibility in your hips and legs. Rancho La Puerta’s Fitness Instructor Ethan Carter demonstrates during a TRX class. 1. Put feet your feet into the straps and … Continue reading


BOSU Fit Lunge


I’m in Olmeca gym at a BOSU * Fit class with several Ranch guests, looking forward to 45 minutes of an energetic and balancing workout. Our fitness instructor Ethan hits play and turns up the volume to an upbeat danceable Motown soundtrack. … Continue reading



Pilates Tower Fundamentals

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” –Joseph Pilates inventor of Pilates The Pilates Tower Fundamentals class was a deliberately paced workout that was a pleasant surprise. Instead of a fast circuit workout with … Continue reading


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