How to Cable Triceps Push Downs

About the Cable Triceps Push Downs

For gym-goers seeking to target the triceps, the cable triceps pushdown is a sound choice. Due to the cable supplying continuous resistance, the triceps receive stimulus through the full range of motion (ROM) of the exercise. This is in contrast to many of the free weight alternatives which become less effective during the upper portion of the exercise.

The use of the cable also allows the athlete to experiment with different attachments and grips.

How to perform


  1. Set the pin to the correct weight on a cable station and attach a narrow bar handle to the high pulley
  2. Stand with your back to the cable station
  3. Grasp the bar from above your head with an overhand grip and pull it down to the front of your body
  4. Position your upper arms next to your torso with your forearms just above parallel to the ground


  1. Keeping your upper arms fixed to the side of your torso, extend your arms to push the bar down
  2. Stop just shy of locking out the elbows, and then slowly reverse the movement back to the starting position
  3. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions

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