Cable Exercises for the Core
Rotational Cable Exercises for Core Strength
Cable exercises for the core can increase core strength and improve functional performance. Rotational cable exercises are good functional training exercises for developing core strength.
So often people only work their core muscles by moving forwards and backwards like in ab crunches or reverse ab crunches. But, if you want to have a healthy spine and prevent lower back pain, you must exercise your core muscles in a variety of directions.
Standing cable rotations are a great core exercise, and it can help to improve function.
Cable Exercises for Core Strength
Standing Cable Rotations
Starting Position: Begin by adjusting the cable machine so that the handle is positioned between waist and shoulder height. Grip the handle with both hands, and keep your feet about shoulder width apart and facing forward.
Form: While keeping your arms straight, exhale and rotate your waist to the opposite side. Hold for a brief second and then slowly return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: It is okay to keep a slight bend in your elbows and knees, so that your elbows and knees are not completely locked.
Focus on turning from your waist and not pulling only with your arms. Your arms will feel a lot of muscle work, and remember to move in a slow and controlled fashion.
Rotational exercises are important for developing overall core strength. Our bodies are generally most vulnerable to injury when we twist or rotate. By including rotational cable exercises in your core workout, you will better prepare your body and lower back for functional tasks and athletic activities.
You can also perform rotational exercises from a kneeling and half kneeling position. If you don't have access to a cable machine, you can use resistance bands or exercise tubing.
Visit the Directory of Abdominal and Core Exercises to learn More Exercises for the Core.
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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