7 Cable Ab & Oblique Exercises for Core Workouts

This is what most people think of when they hear cable abdominal exercises. It's easiest and takes the least space. Don't let that fool you—it targets your abs better than most, especially the "upper abs".

KNEELING CABLE CRUNCH

The cable sitting crunch is a substitute for the kneeling crunch that works just as well without requiring you to get on your knees.

SEATED CABLE CRUNCH

If no bench is available, sit twist. It works like the cable sitting twist, but you may need more balance with your feet out in front of you. Possibly harder.

CABLE SEATED FLOOR TWIST

More range of motion is available with the standing crunch than with the three crunch exercises you just completed. The standing crunch is an excellent standing ab exercise. 

CABLE STANDING CRUNCH WITH STRAIGHT BAR

The steps are similar to the standing crunch, but the rope permits more motion. This body stance also lets you descend at an angle that targets the "lower abs". 

STANDING CABLE CRUNCH WITH ROPE

Avoid pulling and jerking when twisting your core. Control your pace with this exercise. It engages your obliques better than other floor ab routines.

CABLE SEATED CROSS ARM TWIST

The workout is similar, but your arms are straight and hold the handle. It increases ab work and difficulty. 

CABLE SEATED ABDOMINAL TWIST