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The Overhead Cable Triceps Extension is an upper body exercise that primarily targets the triceps. This is an isolation exercise which is well suited to beginner lifters.



  • Stand with your back facing a cable machine with the cable on its lowest setting. Hold onto a rope handle with both hands.
  • Squeeze your triceps muscles to extend your arms overhead (avoid locking out the elbow at the top).
  • Slowly lower rope handle back to the starting position, extending all the way to the bottom to get a good stretch in your triceps.
  • Tense your glutes and abs to avoid over-arching your back.

Arm Muscle Diagram.

Arm Muscles