The primary muscles stressed in this movement are the muscles in the back of your upper arm (tricep – short head). The secondary muscles stressed are the muscles in your forearms and bicep.

Starting Position

Grip the v-bar whit a slight over grip when your arms are just past parallel to the floor. Your wrists should be straight when your arms are extended and your elbows at your sides.


Take two to three seconds to raise the bar up until your forearms are just past parallel to the floor, keep the handle close to your body. Your wrists should have a slight over grip, press the handle down toward the floor to the extended position. Contract your triceps hard throughout the entire movement.

Training TipsV-Bar Pushdown

  • Be sure that the bar does not go higher than just above parallel. If it does you will feel it more in your forearms.
  • Keep your elbows in at your sides during the entire movement. As your elbows move away from your body your lats and shoulders will come into play, you will no longer be isolating your triceps.

Warning Tips

  • Do not lock out your elbows in the extended position. Failure to do so can result in injury to your elbows.
  • Do not raise the bar any faster than two to three seconds. You must stay in control at all times during this movement. The faster you perform this movement, the less control you will have, which in turn will increase your risk of injury.

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