Kneeling Straight Bar Pushdown
The kneeling straight bar pushdown lowers your center of gravity. And that extra leverage makes it easier to push heavier weights without straining your abdomen.
Straight Bar Pushdown Alternatives
Keep in mind the straight bar pushdown is just one of many tricep pushdown variations you can include in your routine. Here are some other tricep exercises that are also great for building your arms.
One benefit of the rope pushdown is that your hands can move somewhat independently. So you can go from a narrow grip to a wide grip as you press the weight.
Also, the neutral grip is easier on your wrists than a fully pronated or supinated grip.
V Bar Pushdown
The v bar is another cable attachment that uses a relatively natural grip. And the v bar creates a constant narrow hand position, resulting in greater power.
Therefore, the v bar pushdown is excellent for going heavy and building strength. But it also makes it more challenging to isolate the triceps.
The skull crusher is a tricep extension performed while lying on a bench. And you can do this exercise on the cables or with free weights.
As with tricep pushdowns, you can use a straight bar or an EZ bar for skull crushers. Just remember that the EZ bar is easier on your wrists.