Functional Training Exercises: Cable Chops
Core Strength Exercises: Wood Choppers
Cable chops or wood choppers are one of the best core strength exercises. Wood Choppers are also good functional training exercises for the core muscles. Functional training is simply a philosophy that says that the exercises that you include in your workout should prepare your body for everyday function and activity.
Our spines must move in many different directions, so it is important to perform core exercises in a variety of positions and with a variety of movements.
We are most vulnerable to injury when our body twists or rotates, so by including twisting, rotational, and lifting movements in your workout you can prepare your body for everyday activities or athletic activities.
Below are pictures for how to perform cable chops.
Functional Training Exercises for the Core: Cable Chops
Starting Position: Position the cable machine so that the resistance is over your head. Stand parallel to the machine with your feet facing forwards. Grip the handle with both hands.
Form: While keeping your arms straight, rotate your body and chop your arms down towards the floor. Hold briefly at the bottom and then slowly return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Keep a slight bend in your knees and elbows so that you do not completely lock those joints. Move in a slow and controlled fashion. Focus on turning from your waist. Perform 12-25 repetitions on one side and then repeat on the other side.
Core Strength Exercises should move your body through a large range of motion. The cable chop is just one example of a functional training exercise for your core.
Cable Lifts are also a great functional training exercise.
Visit the Directory of Abdominal and Core Exercises to learn More Core Strength Exercises and the Best Abdominal Exercises.
Also read the fitness article Core Exercises for a Better Body
Or Learn 14 Core Workout Tips
Have fun with your core workouts.
Yours in Health
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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