Rope Crunch

The kneeling cable crunch is a popular core isolation exercise using a rope attachment and cable stack while kneeling on the floor. It primarily targets the rectus abdominus or "six-pack" muscles, but also strengthens the deep core muscles. It is most commonly performed early in an ab workout, usually in moderate to high reps like 8-12 reps per set or higher.


  1. Great way to load abs with weight that can be tracked and increased over time
  2. Greater range of motion than a traditional sit-up or crunch
  3. Weighted ab training can increase core definition in addition to strength

Rope Crunch Images


Rope Crunch Instructions

Rope Crunch muscle diagram
  1. Kneel 1-2 feet in front of a cable system with a rope attached.
  2. After selecting an appropriate weight, grasp the rope with both hands reaching overhead. Your torso should be upright in the starting position.
  3. To begin, flex at the spine, attempting to bring your rib cage to your legs as you pull the cable down.
  4. Pause at the bottom of the motion, and then slowly return to the starting position.
  5. These can be done with twists or to the side to hit the obliques.