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7 Colossal Cable Moves

Seven exercises Big Ramy used to trigger impressive gains in size and detail.

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 BENEFITS OF CABLE EXERCISES  

BENEFIT NO. 1: CONTINUOUS TENSION

When doing free weights, the pull of gravity is altered depending on the position of the weight throughout the rep. At certain points, the tension can even go slack. Not so with cables, which are constantly pulling against the working muscle at every point of the range of motion. 

BENEFIT NO. 2: UNILATERAL FOCUS

When holding a barbell, a stronger arm can compensate somewhat for a weaker one. But, as with dumbbells, you can easily switch out a bilateral exercise—like barbell curls or extensions—for a unilateral variation, like one-handed cable curls or one-arm pushdowns. 

BENEFIT NO. 3: ANGLE VARIETY

Cables offer a number of angles, and adjustments can be as signi cant or as minute as you’d like. For instance, when doing a pushdown for triceps, you can use a straight bar with a close, medium, or wider grip on the bar, a rope that allows for a palms-facing grip, an angled attachment that puts the palms at 45-degree angles from the oor, or an underhand grip. Each of these variations slightly changes which part of the triceps is emphasized—an overhand grip hits the long and lateral (outer) heads, as does the hammer-style grip, while underhand grips target the medial (inner) head. 

 

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