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Cable Chop

The Cable Chop is a functional exercise demanding core stability as you transfer resistance from your upper extremities through your core to a stable lower base.  It specifically targets your internal and external obliques along with transverse abdominis.  This unique exercise requires you to select an appropriate load to perform with ideal technique.  It must be challenging enough to effectively fire the intended muscle groups yet not so heavy that it erodes technique.

Right Side

  1. Hold the handle in your right hand with your left hand securing the grip over top of your right knuckles.
  2. Face the cable standing with your right foot forward and left foot back.
  3. Initiate the movement by pulling both elbows toward your torso.
  4. Transfer your hands directly towards your left hip as you pivot your toes to face the opposite direction.
  5. Be sure to maintain posture during the movement by withstanding the diagonal forces through effective core control.
  6. Do not lean into the handle as this will leverage your bodyweight to withstand the resistance in place of your core musculature.

Left Side

  1. Hold the handle in your left hand with right hand securing the grip over top of your left knuckles.
  2. Face the cable standing with your left foot forward and right foot back.
  3. Initiate the movement by pulling both elbows toward your torso.
  4. Transfer your hands directly towards your right hip as you pivot your toes to face the opposite direction.
  5. Be sure to maintain posture during the movement by withstanding the diagonal forces through effective core control.
  6. Do not lean into the handle as this will leverage your bodyweight to withstand the resistance in place of your core musculature.