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Cable Incline Pushdown

Cable Incline Pushdown

The Cable Incline Pushdown is a fantastic exercise that targets the triceps, chest, and shoulders. It is performed using a cable machine with an inclined bench positioned at about a 45-degree angle. This angle helps engage the upper portion of the chest, making it an excellent choice for building overall upper body strength and definition. During the Cable Incline Pushdown, you'll be standing facing away from the machine, grasping a straight bar attachment attached to the high cable pulley. With your arms fully extended overhead and your feet firmly planted on the ground, you'll begin the movement by bending at the elbows and bringing the bar down towards your chest, controlling the resistance as you go. This exercise puts great emphasis on the triceps, helping to tone and sculpt the back of the arms. The Cable Incline Pushdown is a versatile exercise that allows for a wide range of resistance settings, making it suitable for beginners and advanced lifters alike. By adjusting the weight and the position of the bench, you can easily tailor the exercise to your fitness level and goals. Incorporate the Cable Incline Pushdown into your upper body routine to add variety and challenge to your workouts. It can be combined with other tricep exercises like dips and overhead extensions to create a well-rounded arm workout. Don't forget to maintain proper form throughout, using controlled movements and focusing on the mind-muscle connection for maximum effectiveness.


  • Set the cable machine at a high position and attach a straight bar.
  • Stand facing away from the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Grasp the bar with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart.
  • Step forward slightly to create tension in the cable.
  • Position your upper arms parallel to the floor and keep them stationary throughout the exercise.
  • Engage your core and slightly lean forward at the waist.
  • Exhale and push the bar downward by extending your elbows, while keeping your upper arms in place.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom of the movement while contracting your triceps.
  • Inhale and slowly return the bar to the starting position, controlling the resistance.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form and avoid using momentum.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on engaging your core and maintaining a neutral spine throughout the exercise.
  • Start with a weight that challenges you but allows you to maintain proper form throughout the movement.
  • Keep your elbows tucked in close to your sides as you push the cable down.
  • Squeeze your triceps at the bottom of the movement and hold for a brief moment for maximum muscle activation.
  • Don't lock out your elbows at the top of the movement; instead, maintain a slight bend to keep tension on the triceps.
  • Control the movement on both the eccentric (lowering) and concentric (raising) phases for better muscle stimulation.
  • Consider incorporating different cable attachments to target the triceps from different angles and stimulate muscle growth.
  • Vary your rep range to promote both strength and hypertrophy. Try using heavier weights for lower reps and lighter weights for higher reps.
  • Combine the Cable Incline Pushdown with other tricep exercises to create a well-rounded tricep workout.
  • Remember to always warm up before starting any exercise to prevent injuries and optimize performance.


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