Standing Cable Crunch

The standing cable crunch increases strength and stability throughout the core. This exercise also improves stability in the lower back. The standing version tends to allow for a greater range of motion but can be more difficult to achieve maximum contraction in the abs.


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    Stand in a shoulder-width stance in front of a high cable machine facing away from the weights. Reach behind you and grab the rope attachment with an overhand grip, palms facing shoulders. Bring the rope to ear level and slightly bend neck forward with elbows bent and pointing down. This is your starting position.
  2. Standing Cable Crunch
    Brace core and bend at waist bringing your shoulders down towards your knees until torso becomes parallel with the ground. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Be sure to engage your abs and use your core for the movement, not your arms.
  • Do not let elbows flare.