How to Use All Those Weird Cable Attachments at the Gym
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You know that bucket with all the ropes and metal bits? Let's take a tour.
There's a lot of strange equipment in any gym, from the many types of barbells to single-task items like the ab wheel and bicep blaster. But, by far, the biggest treasure trove of "wtf?" is the bucket or rack near the cable machines. There are handles and attachments of all sorts. What are they even for?


The rope with a clip in the middle and rubber nubs on the end

What it's called: R ope handle, tricep rope

Commonly used for: Tricep pushdowns, where you hold the ends near the nubs and attach the clip to a cable above your head. Here's a demo:

The little v-shaped bar

What it's called: V -shaped pushdown handle, tricep pushdown handle

Commonly used for: Tricep pushdowns, same idea as the rope handle.

The two handles parallel to each other

What it's called: T riangle row attachment, double handle attachment, narrow grip attachment

Commonly used for: Seated rows, where the cable is around the level of your waist and you're pulling it toward you with feet braced. Here's a demo:

Beth Skwarecki
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