Cable Pushdown (straight arm) (version 2)

Cable Pushdown (straight arm) (version 2)

The Cable Pushdown (straight arm) (version 2) is a fantastic exercise that targets and strengthens the triceps muscles. The triceps, located on the back of the upper arm, play a crucial role in arm extension. To perform the Cable Pushdown (straight arm) (version 2), you'll need a cable machine with an overhead pulley and an appropriate attachment for this exercise. Begin by adjusting the pulley so that it is positioned above your head. Attach a straight bar or rope handle to the pulley. Stand facing the machine with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping a slight bend in your knees. Start the exercise by extending your arms straight down in front of you while keeping them parallel to the floor. Your palms should be facing down, and your elbows should be fully extended. Ensure that only your forearms move during the exercise, while keeping your upper arms stationary. To engage your triceps effectively, focus on squeezing them at the bottom of the movement. Keep your core muscles engaged throughout and maintain a neutral spine. Avoid leaning forward or using excessive momentum during the exercise, as this can lead to reduced effectiveness and potential injury. The Cable Pushdown (straight arm) (version 2) is a great exercise for improving triceps strength and definition. By incorporating this exercise into your overall workout routine, you can enhance your upper body strength and improve functional movements that involve pushing or extending your arms. Remember, before attempting any new exercises, it is important to consult with a fitness professional to ensure proper form and technique. Adjust the weight and repetitions to suit your fitness level and gradually increase the challenge as you progress. Happy training!

Instructions

  • Stand facing a cable machine with a straight bar attached at chest height.
  • Grasp the bar with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart.
  • Engage your core and maintain a slight bend in your knees.
  • Keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and push the bar down by extending your arms until they are straight by your sides.
  • Pause for a moment, squeezing your triceps at the bottom of the movement.
  • Slowly return to the starting position, controlling the resistance as you let the bar rise back up.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining a straight arm throughout the movement to effectively target the triceps.
  • Engage your core and keep your body stable by standing with feet shoulder-width apart.
  • To increase resistance, use a heavier weight or increase the tension on the cable machine.
  • Control the movement by slowly extending your arms down and resisting the weight on the way up.
  • Avoid swinging or using momentum to lift the weight; this can compromise proper form and reduce the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • When performing the exercise, visualize pushing the weight down using your triceps muscles.
  • Ensure proper elbow alignment by keeping your upper arms stationary throughout the movement.
  • Exhale as you push the weight down and inhale as you slowly return to the starting position.
  • Add variety to your workout routine by incorporating different grip attachments, such as a rope or straight bar.
  • Perform the exercise with proper form and avoid jerking or using excessive force to protect your joints and prevent injuries.
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