Cable Woodchop

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The cable woodchop is an excellent core exercise that also engages muscles in the back, shoulders and legs. This exercise can be done by beginners or advanced athletes and would be a great addition to any program.


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 woodchop - step 1

Step 1

Start with your feet wider than shoulder width and your toes slighty pointed outwards. Grab the handle with both hands just above your shoulder.

cable woodchop - step 2

Step 2

Rotate your body downwards towards your opposite knee. Make sure that you keep your arms straight and rotate through the trunk.

cable woodchop - step 3

Step 3

Extend through your knees and hips and rotate your body back up to the starting position.