Chest Workout: Cable Crossovers

Even though there are some exercises that can be combined while working your lower body, not all of them can. The cable crossover is one of those exercises. However, do not think that this is any less of an exercise. When done correctly, the result should be a well defined chest and shoulders. This exercise will also help with your posture.

Exercises Chest Cable Crossover

You will need to have a cable machine, which has two sets of weights (one for each arm). It is also good to have a mirror, if available, as this can help you to see your form to make sure you are executing the exercise properly. The mirror also helps keep you on track because it gives you the visualization and motivation to keep going.

How to Do the Cable Crossover

  1. Set the appropriate weight for yourself and get both hands on the handles. Make sure that you are standing up straight, feet about shoulder width apart and hold your core so that you do not use it to help you with the exercise
  2. Bring the handles in, pulling the weight in front of you and to the front of your chest. Make sure that your elbows are slightly bent so that you do not hurt yourself.
  3. Bring your arms back, but not too far back so that it strains you
  4. Repeat these steps until you have completed all the reps in your set

Tips for Getting the best Results with Cable Crossovers

  • Even though you can increase the difficulty, it is important not to start out with weights that are too heavy. If you do not work your chest much, you will find that you need to start at a very low weight.
  • As with every exercise, it is important to make sure that you are breathing properly while you are exercising. You will want to exhale as you are pulling the weight forward and inhale while you are bringing your arms back.
  • Focus on your breathing and the muscles that you are working on while doing this exercise. This will keep you on track if you do not have a mirror to look at.
  • It is important not to try and swing your body or your arms while trying to complete this exercise, as this can end up causing damage to your muscles. Cables are not as forgiving as dumbbells are.
  • It is also important for you to make sure that you are standing directly in the center of the weights so that you are working your arms equally . If you aren’t, you might injure yourself or end up getting uneven results.
  • If you do not want to increase the weight, but you still want to give yourself an extra challenge, you can just do the exercise slower. The slower you do the exercise, the harder your body has to work. Increasing your repetitions also helps challenge you more with the cable crossovers.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself while you are training…

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