Oblique Training Exercises

There are many different exercises that one can do to train the obliques, such as lateral plank holds, palof press, side crunches and using the torsonator.  One of my favourites is the wood chop and the many different ways you can vary this.  I will often use the cable pulley machine to train the wood chop movement pattern.  The great thing about this exercise is that you can vary the following to change things up:

  • Starting position – you can stand, kneel, face the pulley and step out and around, be static and not move, as well as many other positions and movements.
  • Resistance, Reps, Sets, Speed of movement.
  • Position of the cable – high, waist height and low start position.
  • Cable attachment such as rope, handle or triceps rope.

Below are some images sourced from google that demonstrate the wood chop in action.

Cable Wood Chop Exercise – Standing with trunk twist








Low to high.

Cable Wood Chop Exercise – Split Stance Kneeling








High to Low

Cable Wood Chop Exercise – Kneeling









High to low.

These are just a brief snapshot of some of the great variations of the cable wood chop exercise.

If you would like to find out more about how this exercise can be incorporated into your program or would like further advice on your exercise program, please feel free to contact us at Principle Four Osteopathy.

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