Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredCable
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePush
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Triceps Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Cable Tricep Kickback Instructions

  1. Set up for the cable tricep kickback by attaching a single grip handle to a low pulley cable machine and selecting the weight you want to use.
  2. Grab the handle using your left hand with an overhand grip and take a step back from the cable machine.
  3. Keeping your feet together and knees slightly bent, bend down until your body is around parallel to the floor.
  4. Use your free right hand to stabilize yourself.
  5. Bring the elbow up as far as possible and keep it tight by your side. This is the starting position for the exercise.
  6. Keeping your elbow in place and your body fixed, extend your arm out as far as possible.
  7. Squeeze the tricep, and then slowly lower the weight back to the starting position.
  8. Repeat for desired reps.

Cable Tricep Kickback Tips

  • It's important you keep your elbow as high as possible and don't move it at all during the set.
  • Squeeze the tricep and hold for a count of 2 to add extra intensity to the exercise.
  • As a general rule, always work your weakest side first. In most cases, this will be the left.