Horizontal Cable Woodchop Fixed Staggered Stance

STRENGTH

How to Do

How to Do Horizontal Cable Woodchop Fixed Staggered Stance

The horizontal cable woodchop fixed staggered stance should begin with good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.

If any pain is experienced, immediately stop the horizontal cable woodchop fixed staggered stance.

Beginning

Beginning Horizontal Cable Woodchop

1. Place your body in such a way that the cable movement is downward and across your body, as if you were chopping down a tree. Place your feet comfortably apart and both hands on the cable handle above one shoulder.

2. Swing the gripped handle across your body until it reaches the opposite thigh. You can pivot from your ankle and rotate your hips and knees slightly.

3. Allow the cable weight to retract the handle to the starting position at the end position.

4. Do 8 to 10 repetitions on each side of the body, then switch your stance and repeat the exercise on the opposite side.

Movement

Horizontal Cable Woodchop Movement

1. Stand tall with a staggered stance. To accomplish this, one foot will be before you, while the other foot will be behind you.  Keep your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width with a gap between them of about six inches.

2. A cable machine will be to your right at chest level. Rotate your arms straight across the right side of your torso to allow you to clasp the handle with an interlocking grip.

3. Holding the handle, rotate and twist across your body with your hips and arms so that you are facing the opposite direction of the cable machine.

4. Your feet should maintain the same position during the entire exercise.

5. Return to the original position with control, do not rush and repeat for repetitions.

Benefits

Horizontal Cable Woodchop Benefits

The transverse abdominis and oblique muscles are targeted by the cable woodchop. These muscles allow you to rotate at the waist and hit a bat or racket with your entire body weight rather than simply your arms. The woodchop also works your back, shoulders, and legs muscles.

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