Standing Cable Wood Chop

The standing cable high-to-low twist is a core exercise targeting the lower abdominals and the obliques.


  1. Build core strength and power
  2. Also works shoulders, arms, back, and lower body
  3. Cables provide constant tension on the muscles

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Standing Cable Wood Chop Instructions

Standing Cable Wood Chop muscle diagram
  1. Connect a standard handle to a tower, and move the cable to the highest pulley position.
  2. With your side to the cable, grab the handle with one hand and step away from the tower. You should be approximately arm’s length away from the pulley, with the tension of the weight on the cable. Your outstretched arm should be aligned with the cable.
  3. With your feet positioned shoulder width apart, reach upward with your other hand and grab the handle with both hands. Your arms should still be fully extended.
  4. In one motion, pull the handle down and across your body to your front knee while rotating your torso.
  5. Keep your back and arms straight and core tight while you pivot your back foot and bend your knees to get a full range of motion.
  6. Maintain your stance and straight arms. Return to the neutral position in a slow and controlled manner.
  7. Repeat to failure.
  8. Then, reposition and repeat the same series of movements on the opposite side.

Tip: You will twist your entire body with this exercise, but really focus on getting maximal torso rotation and a strong clinch at the end of the movement. To ensure a good mind-muscle connection, keep your abs tense at all times.