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: Triangle 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:

The medium sized straight bar with a clip in the middle

What it’s called: Straight bar

Commonly used for: Just about anything that the other attachments can do, including tricep pushdowns, tricep extensions, curls, and seated rows.

The medium sized straight bar with a clip on one end

What it’s called: Swivel bar, or straight bar

Commonly used for: Movements where you’re mimicking the motion of something like an axe or a sport-specific motion. Here’s a demo of a few ways to use it:

The long bar with bent ends

What it’s called: Lat pulldown bar

Commonly used for: Lat pulldowns, where you anchor your knees under a pad and pull the bar down to your chest. Usually you grip the angled ends of the bar, but there are also neutral-grip bars with handles at both ends of the bar to allow you to turn your palms to face each other. Here’s a demo:

The long straight bar with clips at both ends

What it’s called: Double swivel bar

Commonly used for: Barbell-like exercises like squats and deadlifts, if you attach both clips to cable machines. These are meant to be used on a machine that has two cable columns parallel to each other.


The cuff

What it’s called: Ankle cuff, ankle strap

Commonly used for: Attaching the cable to your ankle for moves where you swing or push your leg against resistance. Here’s a demo:

The square handle

What it’s called: D-handle, single handle

Commonly used for: Moves where you’re holding the cable with just one hand, like a one handed bicep curl. You would use two of these to do certain moves that require two cables, like cable crossovers.

The wiggly bar

What it’s called: EZ curl bar

Commonly used for: Bicep curls, where you attach the bar to a cable below waist level. The wiggles allow a more comfortable wrist position than a straight bar.