Abs and Core Exercises

10 Best Cable Exercises for Your Core

Hit your abs from every angle with these 10 core-carving cable exercises.


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A cable machine unleashes a wide variety of core exercises because of the adjustable height and the ability to work from all angles. We’re not talking about the beloved kneeling cable crunch. Rather, these 10 standing, kneeling, twisting, and bending core exercises place your body in every plane of motion to target your obliques and lower abs. Build core strength with these 10 ab-carving cable exercises.

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Stiff-Arm Pulldown

Set a cable-pulldown bar to the highest setting or use a lat-pulldown machine. Stand facing the cable and grab the bar with your arms fully extended. Keep your arms locked and pull the bar to your hips without rounding forward. Repeat.

Anthony says: This exercise blasts your core while targeting your arms and lats. 

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Kneeling Pallof Press

Get on both knees and set a cable handle to chest height. While facing perpendicular to the cable, bring the handle to your chest. Brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and keep your shoulders and hips directly over your knees. Push the handle straight forward and hold for three seconds. Bring it back to your chest and repeat for desired amount of reps. Switch sides and repeat.

Anthony says: This move forces the core to brace against twisting and turning, which strengthens your abs and keeps your lower back safe.

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