Side One Arm Reverse Pushdown

Exercise / Triceps

Side Stance: One Arm Reverse Pushdown

The one-arm reverse pushdown is an isolation exercise that primarily targets the triceps. This exercise isolates the triceps, particularly targeting the long head of the muscle. By keeping your palm facing upwards (supinated grip), you may engage the forearm muscles to a greater extent, contributing to grip strength and forearm development.

How to:

Side One Arm Reverse Pushdown

  1. Stand perpendicular to the cable machine, with your left shoulder in line with the machine.
  2. Grab the handle with your right hand, palm facing up (supinated grip), forming a 90-degree angle in front of your body. This position serves as your starting point.
  3. Position your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and maintain a stable stance.
  4. Engage your core muscles for stability and keep your torso upright throughout the movement.
  5. Exhale and begin the exercise by extending your right arm straight down, pushing the handle toward the floor.
  6. Focus on fully contracting your triceps at the bottom of the movement while maintaining control.
  7. Inhale as you slowly return to the starting position, resisting the weight’s pull and maintaining a controlled motion.
  8. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions on one arm before switching to the other arm.


Triceps Development: The primary target of this exercise is the triceps brachii muscle group, which is responsible for extending the elbow joint. By isolating one arm at a time, you can effectively engage and strengthen the triceps, promoting muscle growth and definition.

Unilateral Focus: Performing the exercise one arm at a time allows you to address any strength imbalances between your arms. It ensures that each arm is working independently, helping to prevent muscle asymmetry and reducing the risk of injury.

Range of Motion: The cable machine provides constant tension throughout the range of motion, unlike some free weight exercises where tension may decrease at certain points. This allows for a consistent and effective muscle contraction throughout the exercise.

Forearm Engagement: With the supinated grip, there could be increased engagement of the forearm muscles, contributing to grip strength and forearm development.

Core Stability: Maintaining a stable stance and engaging your core muscles throughout the exercise helps improve overall core stability and balance. This can have functional benefits in daily activities and other exercises.

Muscles Worked

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