MUSCLES ENGAGED Obliques Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program. Abdominals The abdominal muscles (abs) provide movement and support to your core area. The deeper and closer to the spine the particular abdominal muscle is, the more effect over body posture it will have, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back. Equipment Used Cable Machine The cable machine is a piece of equipment used in weight training or functional training. A wide variety of exercises can be performed using the apparatus. Exercise Instructions Step 1 Start with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Keep your knees bent, your butt out and your core engaged. Step 2 Twist across your body to the opposite hip making sure to contact your obliques and abs throughout twist. Make sure not to lean back or sideways but stay upright throughout the entire range of motion. Step 3 Return to the center point of your body and be sure to keep your core engaged, your back straight and your shoulders pulled back.