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Cable twist (down up)

Cable twist (down up)

The Cable Twist (Down Up) is an effective exercise that targets your obliques, core muscles, and improves rotational strength and stability. This exercise is usually performed using a cable machine, but you can also use resistance bands if you're working out at home. To perform the Cable Twist (Down Up), begin by attaching a D-handle or rope attachment to the low setting on the cable machine. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing away from the machine, and grab the handle with both hands. Make sure your arms are fully extended in front of your body. From here, engage your core muscles to stabilize your spine and initiate the movement by twisting your torso to one side. Keep your hips and lower body facing forward as you rotate your upper body. Exhale as you twist, and pause briefly at the end of the movement to feel the contraction in your obliques. Next, reverse the movement by twisting back to the starting position. Inhale as you rotate, keeping your core engaged throughout the exercise. This completes one repetition. Repeat the exercise for the desired number of sets and reps, then switch sides to work the other oblique muscles. The Cable Twist (Down Up) is a dynamic exercise that not only builds core strength but also enhances your balance and coordination. Remember to start with a weight or resistance level that challenges you without compromising your form. As with any exercise, it's important to maintain proper breathing and engage your core throughout the movement to maximize the benefits and prevent injury.


  • Stand in front of a cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Hold the handle of the cable machine with both hands and extend your arms straight out in front of you.
  • Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the exercise.
  • Keeping your arms extended, twist your torso to the left side using your core muscles. Your hips and lower body should remain facing forward.
  • Pause for a moment at the end of the twist.
  • Slowly return to the starting position by twisting your torso back to the center.
  • Once in the center, continue twisting your torso to the right side.
  • Pause for a moment at the end of the twist to the right side.
  • Return to the starting position by twisting your torso back to the center.
  • Repeat the twisting motion for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the entire exercise to maximize stability and control.
  • Focus on using your oblique muscles to rotate your torso, rather than relying solely on your upper body.
  • Control the movement by using a slow and controlled tempo, rather than swinging the cable.
  • Breathe out as you twist and breathe in as you return to the starting position.
  • Start with a lighter weight or resistance and gradually increase as you gain strength and improve your form.
  • Keep your back straight and avoid any excessive bending or twisting of your spine.
  • Maintain a neutral head position by looking straight ahead or slightly upwards.
  • To increase intensity, incorporate a pause at the end of each twist before returning to the starting position.
  • Ensure that the cable is set at a height that allows for a full range of motion without any restrictions.
  • To avoid strain or injury, consult with a fitness professional to assess and correct your technique if needed.

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