Like the cable pushdown with the straight bar, this exercise works the triceps while challenging your core stability. However, because the rope has more movement, it allows a slightly different range of motion of the triceps muscle, which some people find more challenging.
- Attach the rope to the top cable pulley, and as in the cable pushdown, pull the rope down with your palms facing each other, until your elbows are at your waist.
- Keeping your elbows at your waist, and your thumbs pointing up, pull the rope downward towards the thighs, and then as your elbows are almost straight, pull the rope outward slightly so that it is at the side of your hips, and your palms are now facing away.
This action of turning the palms in towards your body so they then face behind you works the triceps more than merely using a straight bar which does not allow this movement.