Side Cable Cross Over

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The side cable cross over is a great core exercise that really targets the obliques. This is exercise can be done by any fitness level and would be a great addition to any fitness routine.


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

side cable cross over - step 1

Step 1

Stand in front of the cable machine with your feet shoulder width apart. Place one hand over the other inside of the handle, square your shoulders off and put a soft bend in your knees.

side cable cross over - step 2

Step 2

Make sure to engage your core as you pull the cable down to the side of your hip. Fully contract your obliques and abdominal muscles at the end of bottom of the action.

side cable cross over - step 3

Step 3

Raise the cable back up to the starting position keeping control throughout the entire range of motion using the muscles of the core.