Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown

Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown

The Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown is a highly effective exercise that targets your triceps, the muscles at the back of your upper arm. It is performed using a cable machine and a reverse grip, which means your palms face up. This slight variation in grip engages the triceps in a different way compared to traditional pushdown exercises. By incorporating this exercise into your fitness routine, you can strengthen and tone your triceps, which not only enhances the appearance of your arms but also improves your overall upper body strength and stability. The primary muscle group targeted during the Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown is the triceps brachii, specifically the lateral head. Strong triceps are not only important for aesthetic purposes but also for everyday activities that involve pushing or pressing motions. Additionally, well-developed triceps contribute to improved strength and performance in activities such as bench pressing, chest dips, and push-ups. The Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown offers several benefits. Firstly, it helps to isolate and target the triceps muscles, making it an excellent exercise for individuals who want to focus on building definition in this area. Secondly, it allows for a full range of motion, which is essential for maximizing muscle activation and growth. Lastly, using a cable machine provides constant tension throughout the exercise, making it more effective than exercises using free weights or resistance bands. Incorporating the Cable Reverse-grip Pushdown into your workout routine is relatively simple, especially if you have access to a cable machine. Remember to adjust the weight accordingly to match your fitness level and perform the exercise with proper form to ensure maximum benefit and minimize the risk of injury. Adding this exercise to your arm-focused workouts will help you achieve stronger, more defined triceps.


  • Stand facing a cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart, and grab the straight bar attachment with an underhand, palms-up grip.
  • Your upper arms should stay close to your torso, while your forearms should be parallel to the floor.
  • Assume a stable position by slightly bending your knees and engaging your core muscles.
  • Ensure your back is straight and your chest is lifted throughout the exercise.
  • Keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and push the bar down until your elbows are fully extended.
  • Pause briefly and squeeze your triceps at the bottom of the movement.
  • Inhale as you slowly allow the bar to return to the starting position, controlling the resistance.
  • Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form and avoid using momentum throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Keep your elbows close to your sides throughout the movement
  • Squeeze your triceps at the bottom of the movement
  • Maintain a controlled and smooth motion, avoiding jerking or swinging
  • Engage your core and maintain a neutral spine throughout
  • Gradually increase the weight as you get stronger
  • Ensure proper breathing technique - exhale during the downward motion and inhale during the upward motion
  • Use a full range of motion, fully extending and contracting your triceps
  • Avoid using excessive weight that may compromise your form
  • Consider incorporating variations like single-arm reverse-grip pushdowns to target each side individually
  • Allow sufficient rest and recovery between workouts to avoid overtraining


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