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 used correctly, you will find that you have a well defined chest and shoulder. This exercise will also help when it comes to your posture as well.
You will need to have cable machine, which has two sets of weights (one for each arm). It is good to also 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 people to keep you on track because it gives you the visualization to keep going.
How to perform the cable crossover
1. Get the appropriate weight for you and get both hands on the handles. Make sure that you are standing up straight, feet about hip width apart and hold your core so that you do not use it to help you with the move
2. Bring the handles in, pulling the weight in front of you so that you 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 do not go too far back that it is a strain
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 weight as 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 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 equally working your arms. If you do not you will find that you can injure yourself and 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 with getting a greater challenge with the cable crossovers
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