Cable twist (up-down)

Cable twist (up-down)

The cable twist (up-down) is a fantastic exercise that targets your core muscles, particularly the obliques. This exercise is performed using a cable machine, which provides constant tension throughout the movement, making it a highly effective exercise for building strength and stability. To perform the cable twist (up-down), you'll need an adjustable cable column machine with a D-handle attachment. Start by standing perpendicular to the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart. Adjust the cable attachment to chest height, and grasp the handle with both hands, keeping your arms extended in front of you. Initiate the movement by rotating your torso away from the cable machine, twisting to the side while maintaining a stable lower body. As you reach the end of the twist, pause momentarily and engage your obliques before reversing the movement back to the starting position. This completes one repetition. The cable twist (up-down) offers a multitude of benefits. It helps to improve rotational strength and mobility, which can be advantageous in sports and daily activities that require twisting movements. Additionally, it engages various muscles in your core, including the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and erector spinae. Remember to maintain proper posture throughout the exercise. Keep your chest up, shoulders relaxed, and avoid excessive leaning, as this can compromise the effectiveness of the exercise. Start with a weight that allows you to perform 10-12 controlled repetitions, gradually increasing the resistance as you become stronger and more comfortable with the movement. Incorporating the cable twist (up-down) into your routine can contribute to a strong and functional core, and it complements other exercises like squats and deadlifts by enhancing your ability to transfer force through rotation. Add this exercise to your workout regimen to spice up your abdominal training and take your fitness journey to the next level!


  • Start by setting the cable machine at a low height and attaching a handle to the cable.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing the cable machine.
  • Hold the handle with both hands, arms extended in front of you, and stand far enough away from the machine to create tension on the cable.
  • Engage your core and maintain a stable lower body throughout the exercise.
  • Keeping your arms straight and parallel to the floor, twist your torso to the right as far as comfortably possible.
  • Pause briefly at the end of the twist, feeling the rotation in your core.
  • Slowly rotate your torso back to the center, maintaining control.
  • Continue the movement by twisting your torso to the left.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to breathe steadily throughout the exercise and maintain proper form.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the entire exercise.
  • Keep your upper body stable and avoid excessive swinging.
  • Focus on using your oblique muscles to initiate and control the twisting movement.
  • Control the speed of the cable as it returns to the starting position to avoid jerky movements.
  • Choose an appropriate weight that challenges your muscles without sacrificing proper form.
  • Maintain a steady breathing pattern, exhaling as you twist and inhaling as you return to the starting position.
  • Gradually increase the resistance or weight as your muscles adapt and get stronger.
  • Ensure proper alignment by keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears throughout the movement.
  • Avoid using momentum or relying solely on your arms; instead, focus on generating the movement from your core.


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