standing cable crunch

Standing Cable Crunch – Step By Step Guide

The standing cable crunch is a great ab exercise that builds strength in your core, tightens your whole abdominal area and increases lower back stability. The standing cable crunch allows for a bigger range of motion compared to the kneeling cable crunch. Read more about the correct execution of this ab exercise.
Main muscles worked: rectus abdominis
Secondary muscles worked: external and internal oblique muscles, transverse abdominal
Antagonists: spinal erectors, longissimus dorsi and other muscles along the spinal column, and lower back muscles

Standing Cable Crunch Execution

  • Stand straight in front of a high cable machine with your back turned towards the pulley
  • Grab the bar/rope with your hands behind your head ( do not press the bar on your neck)
  • With a strict movement, and without changing the position of the bar, contract your abs and move your ribs toward your pelvic area.You should feel like you are “rolling up” your torso, not flexing it.
  • At the bottom of the movement, contract and exhale.
  • Return to the starting position



– Make sure you are rolling your torso and working the rectus abdominis instead of just flexing the torso and using the flexor muscles to pull the bar.

– Be sure to use the right weight and not overload the cable. This way you will be using strictly your abs instead of flexors.

– Execute the movement with a strict and controlled motion, don’t jerk the weight.

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