Tricep Pressdown with Cable Exercise Guide & Video

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Watch Tricep Pressdown with Cable

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Step 1. Attach either a straight bar or an EZ bar to a high cable pulley. Use a less than shoulder-width overhand grip.

Step 2. Keeping your elbows at your side so only your forearms move, press the weight down and straighten your arms.

Step 3. Return your arms to the starting position.


The tricep pressdown with cable is one of the primary mass-building exercises for the triceps. This exercise can be performed using a variety of bars attached to the cable. If using a straight bar, the wider the grip, the more the outside of the tricep is exercised. Going with too close of a grip may cause wrist or forearm pain. If this occurs, widen the grip. Tricep cable pressdowns can also be performed using a v-bar. The v-bar angles the hands, allowing for a close grip, while limiting wrist or forearm discomfort. Be sure to not lean too far over the bar when performing this exercise. This may allow you to do more weight, but it does so by using your body weight to help lower the bar. Standing upright keeps the exercise isolated in the triceps.

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Updated: April 1st, 2015