Cable Trunk Twist

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The cable trunk twist is an intermediate core exercise. This exercise isolates the trunk and really works the obliques.


Picture of 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.

Picture of 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

Picture of Cable Machine

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

cable trunk twist - step 1

Step 1

Start with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Keep your knees bent, your butt out and your core engaged.

cable trunk twist - step 2

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.

cable trunk twist - step 3

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.