Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdown

The reverse-grip cable straight-bar push-down is a twist on the popular cable straight-bar push-down. The difference has to do with how the hands are positioned holding the bar: the palms facing up rather than down. Because grip will be a limiting factor, this movement is usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or higher.


  1. Great burnout movement for triceps
  2. Underhand grip places more stress on the medial head of the triceps
  3. Builds bigger and stronger triceps

Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdown Images


Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdown Instructions

Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdown muscle diagram
  1. Start by setting a bar attachment (straight or e-z) on a high pulley machine.
  2. Facing the bar attachment, grab it with the palms facing up (supinated grip) at shoulder width. Lower the bar by using your lats until your arms are fully extended by your sides. Tip: Elbows should be in by your sides and your feet should be shoulder width apart from each other. This is the starting position.
  3. Slowly elevate the bar attachment up as you inhale so it is aligned with your chest. Only the forearms should move and the elbows/upper arms should be stationary by your side at all times.
  4. Then begin to lower the cable bar back down to the original staring position while exhaling and contracting the triceps hard.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variation: This exercise can also be performed with a single handle using one arm at a time. This will allow you to better isolate the triceps. With this version you can self spot yourself by placing your hand over your forearm and applying some pressure to help you perform more reps than before.