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Standing Cable Low-To-High Twist 101 Video Tutorial

Gym Main Variation Core Exercise


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

Exercise Synopsis

Target Muscle Group


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Required Equipment

Cable Machine

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The Standing Cable Low-To-High Twist is a dynamic core exercise that targets the obliques as its primary muscle group while engaging secondary muscles such as the abs, chest, and lower back. Utilizing a cable machine, the exercise involves standing upright with the cable handle positioned low, then smoothly twisting the torso upward and across the body, finishing with the arms extended diagonally overhead. This rotational movement effectively activates the obliques, promoting trunk stability and rotational power. Additionally, the engagement of secondary muscle groups enhances overall core strength and stability, making it a valuable addition to any comprehensive strength training routine.

How to Perform

  1. Set Up Equipment: Begin by adjusting the cable machine to the appropriate height. Attach a single handle to the low pulley and select a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with proper form.

  2. Starting Position: Stand perpendicular to the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart. Grasp the cable handle with both hands, allowing your arms to extend straight down in front of your body. Your arms should be slightly bent, and your hands should be positioned in front of your hips.

  3. Core Engagement: Engage your core muscles by gently bracing your abdomen and maintaining a neutral spine throughout the exercise. This will help stabilize your torso and protect your lower back.

  4. Twisting Motion: Initiate the movement by rotating your torso to the side opposite to the cable machine, keeping your arms extended in front of you. Keep your hips and lower body stable as you twist your upper body.

  5. Full Range of Motion: Continue the twisting motion until your hands are diagonally overhead on the side of the machine, with your arms fully extended. Your torso should be facing away from the machine at the top of the movement.

  6. Controlled Return: Slowly reverse the movement, rotating your torso back to the starting position in a controlled manner. Keep your core engaged and maintain stability throughout the movement.

  7. Repeat: Perform the desired number of repetitions on one side before switching to the other side. Aim for smooth, controlled movements, focusing on engaging the obliques and maintaining proper form.

  8. Breathing: Exhale as you twist your torso and extend your arms overhead, and inhale as you return to the starting position. This helps maintain proper breathing rhythm and supports core stability.

  9. Adjustments: If you find the weight too heavy or too light, adjust the resistance accordingly. Focus on using a weight that challenges your muscles while allowing you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise.

  10. Cooldown: Once you have completed the desired number of repetitions on both sides, take a moment to stretch your obliques and lower back to help prevent muscle tightness and reduce the risk of injury.


  1. Ensure the cable machine is set up at an appropriate height and select a weight that allows for controlled movement.

  2. Stand perpendicular to the cable machine with feet shoulder-width apart to maintain stability.

  3. Engage core muscles throughout the exercise to stabilize the torso and protect the lower back.

  4. Initiate the movement by twisting the torso away from the cable machine while keeping arms extended.

  5. Focus on a full range of motion, rotating until hands are diagonally overhead on the opposite side.

  6. Control the return movement, rotating the torso back to the starting position with controlled motion.

  7. Maintain proper breathing, exhaling during the twisting motion and inhaling during the return.

  8. Keep hips and lower body stable throughout the exercise to isolate the obliques and secondary muscles.

  9. Adjust resistance as needed to ensure the exercise challenges the muscles without compromising form.

  10. Incorporate the Standing Cable Low-To-High Twist into a comprehensive workout routine for balanced core strength and stability.

How Not to Perform

  1. Avoid Using Excessive Weight: Using too much weight can lead to momentum-driven movements and compromise form. Stick to a weight that allows for controlled and smooth execution.

  2. Don't Twist Using Only Arms: Avoid relying solely on your arms to perform the twisting motion. The focus should be on rotating your torso using your oblique muscles, with your arms acting as extensions of the movement.

  3. Avoid Jerky Movements: Performing the exercise with jerky or rapid movements can increase the risk of injury and decrease the effectiveness of the exercise. Focus on smooth, controlled rotations to maximize muscle engagement.

  4. Do Not Arch or Round the Back: Maintaining a neutral spine is crucial to protect the lower back and effectively target the obliques. Avoid arching or rounding your back throughout the movement.

  5. Avoid Overarching the Neck: Keep your neck in a neutral position throughout the exercise to prevent strain. Avoid tilting your head excessively up or down.

  6. Do Not Let the Cable Handle Pull You: Resist the temptation to let the cable handle pull you back to the starting position. Instead, control the movement using your core muscles to maximize muscle activation.

  7. Avoid Twisting Too Far: Twisting excessively beyond a comfortable range of motion can strain the spine and lead to injury. Focus on rotating your torso to a point where you feel a strong contraction in the obliques without compromising form.

  8. Do Not Neglect Core Engagement: Ensure that you maintain core engagement throughout the exercise to stabilize the torso and support proper alignment. Neglecting core activation can lead to inefficient movement patterns and reduced effectiveness.

  9. Avoid Holding Your Breath: Holding your breath can increase intra-abdominal pressure and compromise core stability. Remember to breathe rhythmically throughout the exercise, exhaling during the twisting motion and inhaling during the return.

  10. Do Not Rush Through Repetitions: Take your time with each repetition to focus on proper form and muscle engagement. Rushing through the exercise can lead to sloppy technique and reduced effectiveness.


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.


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.


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