Cable Woodchopper

Whole body
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Coach's Tips

It's a workout that develops whole body muscles by moving up, down, left and right. You have to keep your abs tightened to prevent injuries when moving your arms!

How to Cable Woodchopper

Starting Position

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a cable handle in each hand at your sides.

2. Bend your knees slightly and hinge at the hips to lean forward slightly. This is your starting position.

Proper Form

1. Maintaining a slight bend in your knees, explosively extend your hips and drive your arms up and out, like you're trying to chop wood.

2. As you extend your arms, keep your elbows slightly bent, and rotate your hands so that your palms face the floor.

3. At the top of the movement, your arms should be in a Y-shape, with your body in a half-squat position.

4. Reverse the motion until you return to the starting position.

Breathing Technique

1. Inhale as you lower your arms, and exhale as you drive them up and outward.


1. Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the movement.

2. Control the motion and don't let the weight of the cable pull your arms down.

3. Don't lock your elbows at the top of the movement.

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