Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment

The cable rope push-down is a popular exercise targeting the triceps muscles. It's easy to learn and perform, making it a favorite for everyone from beginners to advanced lifters. It is usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps or more per set, as part of an upper-body or arm-focused workout.


  1. High level of triceps activation and pump, particularly in the lateral head
  2. The rope handle may activate triceps to a greater degree than a straight bar
  3. Can dial in focus on long head of triceps by leaning forward slightly during the movement

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Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment Instructions

Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment muscle diagram
  1. Attach a rope attachment to a high pulley and grab with a neutral grip (palms facing each other).
  2. Standing upright with the torso straight and a very small inclination forward, bring the upper arms close to your body and perpendicular to the floor. The forearms should be pointing up towards the pulley as they hold the rope with the palms facing each other. This is your starting position.
  3. Using the triceps, bring the rope down as you bring each side of the rope to the side of your thighs. At the end of the movement the arms are fully extended and perpendicular to the floor. The upper arms should always remain stationary next to your torso and only the forearms should move. Exhale as you perform this movement.
  4. After holding for a second, at the contracted position, bring the rope slowly up to the starting point. Breathe in as you perform this step.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: There are many variations to this movement. For instance you can use an E-Z bar attachment as well as a V-angled bar or straight bar.

Same as the Triceps Pushdown except with the rope attachment.