When most people think of the cable machine, they think of crossovers. But there is much more to the cable station than that. In fact, it is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you will find at your local gym. For almost any exercise you can think of, there is a cable equivalent.

Plus, the cable machine has some important unique properties.  When you are lifting a free weight, the resistance changes with the angle of your joint. For example, during a biceps curl, the first half of the lift is much harder, because you are working directly against gravity, whereas the second half is much easy, as the dumbbell moves more horizontally. With cable exercises, this is completely different. You get the same resistance throughout the move because the cables convert your motion to a vertical up-down movement in the weight stack.

Cable machines different from other weight resistance machines in that they don’t provide extra stability, making you work harder to maintain good form, by engaging smaller synergist muscles and you’re core.

With all of these advantages, you might wonder why leave the cable station at all? Why not do your entire workout there? And that’s not a bad idea – especially in a busy gym. This workout shows you how.

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