Triceps Pressdown Variations
As I alluded to earlier, there are certain cable attachments and hand positions that enable you to target specific parts of your triceps. Below are some of the most common triceps pressdown variations along with what part of the muscle they work.
Tricep Rope Pressdown
One of the most popular cable triceps pressdown attachments is a two-ended rope attachment. A benefit of the rope is that each hand can move somewhat independently.
Also, the rope puts your hands in a more neutral position where your palms face inward. This neutral grip is great because it balances the load between both the inner and outer tricep heads.
Reverse Grip Pressdown
A reverse grip means your palms are facing up. This underhand grip is also referred to as a supinated hand position. For tricep exercises, the reverse grip targets more of the lateral or outer tricep.
Usually, this variation is performed with a straight bar or EZ bar attachments.
One Arm Reverse Grip Pressdown
Another way to do the reverse-grip pressdown is using a single handle. This still works the outer tricep. But the individual handle forces each arm to work independently.
Also, it allows more possibilities for moving your body relative to your arm. So you can easily adjust the exercise to feel maximum contraction in the tricep.