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Standing Cable High-To-Low Twist 101 Video Tutorial

Gym Main Variation Core Exercise


Standing Cable High-To-Low Twist
Standing Cable High-To-Low Twist

Exercise Synopsis

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Cable Machine

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The Standing Cable High-To-Low Twist is a dynamic exercise that primarily targets the abdominal muscles while also engaging the obliques. Utilizing a cable machine, this exercise involves standing with the cable attachment held high, then rotating the torso and arms in a controlled motion to bring the handle down towards the opposite hip. This twisting movement effectively engages the abs and obliques, promoting core strength and stability. By maintaining tension on the cable throughout the exercise, individuals can maximize muscle engagement and optimize the effectiveness of their core workout.

How to Perform

  1. Begin by standing with the pulley positioned to your right side, ensuring your back and legs remain straight, and your shoulders and hips are aligned. Maintain an upright posture throughout the exercise to optimize muscle engagement and reduce the risk of injury. Grasp the cable handles with your arms fully extended, ready to initiate the movement.

  2. Activate your core muscles to stabilize your torso as you pull the cable down and across your body in a diagonal motion. Bend your elbows slightly as you reach the midpoint of your chest, maintaining control and keeping your shoulders squared to the front. This twisting motion effectively targets the abs and obliques, promoting core strength and stability.

  3. Continue the movement by keeping the cable close to your body and pushing down with your arms to complete the motion. Maintain tension in the abs and obliques throughout the entire range of motion to maximize muscle engagement. Hold the end position briefly to fully contract the muscles before returning to the starting position. Be sure to switch sides to ensure balanced muscle development and prevent muscular imbalances over time. Adjust the weight on the cable machine as needed to ensure the exercise remains challenging yet manageable, allowing for proper form and optimal muscle activation.


  1. Maintain proper posture throughout the exercise, standing tall with shoulders back and core engaged.

  2. Start with the cable attachment positioned high, ensuring arms are fully extended.

  3. Initiate the movement by twisting the torso and arms diagonally downwards towards the opposite hip.

  4. Keep the movement controlled and deliberate, avoiding jerky motions or excessive momentum.

  5. Focus on engaging the abdominal muscles, particularly the obliques, throughout the entire range of motion.

  6. Keep the shoulders square and facing forward to isolate the core muscles.

  7. Exhale as you twist and pull the cable down, inhaling as you return to the starting position.

  8. Maintain tension on the cable throughout the movement for optimal muscle activation.

  9. Avoid arching or rounding the back, keeping it straight and stable.

  10. Gradually increase the resistance as you become stronger to continue challenging the muscles effectively.

How Not to Perform

  1. Avoid using excessive weight: Select a weight on the cable machine that allows for controlled and precise movements without compromising form or risking injury. Using too heavy of a weight can lead to improper technique and strain on the muscles, detracting from the effectiveness of the exercise.

  2. Do not rely solely on arm strength: Initiate the movement from the core muscles rather than solely relying on the arms to pull the cable down. This ensures that the abs and obliques are the primary focus of the exercise, maximizing muscle activation and effectiveness.

  3. Avoid swinging or jerking motions: Perform the exercise with controlled and deliberate movements, avoiding swinging or jerking the cable handle. This reduces the risk of injury and ensures that the muscles are being properly engaged throughout the entire range of motion.

  4. Do not allow the shoulders to hunch: Keep the shoulders back and down, away from the ears, throughout the exercise. This helps maintain proper posture and alignment, preventing strain on the neck and shoulders and ensuring that the focus remains on the abdominal muscles.

  5. Avoid rounding the spine: Maintain a neutral spine position throughout the exercise, avoiding rounding or arching the back. This helps prevent injury and ensures that the abs and obliques are effectively engaged.

  6. Do not hold your breath: Remember to breathe rhythmically throughout the exercise, exhaling as you twist and pull the cable down, and inhaling as you return to the starting position. Holding your breath can increase intra-abdominal pressure and compromise form, reducing the effectiveness of the exercise.

  7. Do not rush through repetitions: Focus on quality over quantity, performing each repetition with proper form and control. Rushing through the exercise can lead to sloppy technique and reduced muscle engagement, diminishing the effectiveness of the workout.

  8. Avoid twisting too far: Do not over-rotate the torso beyond a comfortable range of motion. Twisting too far can strain the spine and lead to injury. Instead, focus on controlled and deliberate twists, stopping when you feel a strong contraction in the abs and obliques.

  9. Do not neglect core engagement: Ensure active engagement of the core muscles throughout the exercise to stabilize the spine and support the twisting motion. Neglecting core activation can lead to inefficient movement patterns and reduce the effectiveness of the exercise in targeting the abs and obliques.

  10. Do not neglect proper alignment: Maintain proper alignment throughout the exercise, avoiding leaning or tilting the body to either side. Proper alignment ensures that the target muscles are effectively engaged and reduces the risk of strain or injury to other muscle groups.


Variations of fitness exercises refer to different ways of performing a specific exercise or movement to target various muscle groups, intensities, or goals. These variations aim to challenge the body differently, prevent plateaus, and cater to individuals with varying fitness levels.


Cable Machine






Cable Machine






Alternative exercises in fitness refer to different movements or activities that target similar muscle groups or serve the same training purpose as the primary exercise. These alternative exercises can be used as substitutes when the original exercise is unavailable or challenging to perform due to various reasons such as equipment limitations, injuries, or personal preferences.