The One Core Exercise That Shreds Your Entire Abdomen

The high-cable split stability chop is the single most effective way to attack your core.

Man standing at the gym with two cables and getting ready to do a core exercise

The One Core Exercise That Shreds Your Entire Abdomen

The high-cable split stability chop is the single most effective way to attack your core.

It doesn’t matter if you’re pulling, pushing, lifting, jumping, or throwing: All movement starts from your pillar, the armada of muscles that ripples from your hips to your chest and shoulders. That’s also what makes the High-Cable Split Stability Chop the most effective core exercise there is: It hits all these muscles, fostering rock-solid functional strength to help you meet all of life’s demands.

How to do it: Stand in an in-line scissor stance with your hips perpendicular to a rope-handled high-cable pulley machine (or simply run a length of rope through the pulley’s eyelet). Your outside leg should be back, and your inside leg should be forward. Grab the top of the rope with your inside hand, and position your other hand 18 to 24 inches farther down the rope. Simultaneously pull down and back with your outside hand, and push down and across your body with your inside hand. That’s one rep. Do 10 on each side.

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