By Sarah Galante
DHAC Exercise Physiologist & Group Fitness Director
Let’s face it, there are a lot of important exercises that you should always incorporate into your workout, but sometimes you just need to go with those few that you really love! I couldn’t choose just one so I’m going to share my top three. They happen to all be cable exercises. There is something about a few good cable exercises that really pump me up! Not only do cables offer great variety, but they provide resistance through more functional ranges of motion. In no particular order…here are my picks:
1. Seated Cable Row – This particular exercise focuses on your upper back. I’m a huge stickler for posture with my clients and when performed correctly, this one can train your muscles to learn that perfect posture.
2. Tricep Kickback – This one is a real burner! It’s awesome for isolating the back of your arms and is a polishing touch for your upper body.
3. Glutes (hip extension) while kneeling on flat bench – A little high maintenance in terms of set up but the reward is worth the effort! Targeting that spot where glute meets hamstring is always a favorite! Once you get used to the foot strap setup, it’s a breeze to perform.
There are so many cable attachments that it may seem a little bit daunting. A basic seated row can be done with half a dozen attachments. Pick one or two attachments to start then try a new one a few sessions later. Before you know it, BAM! You have just added something fresh and new to your workout without skipping a muscle group!
Don’t forget, each time you change your grip or attachment; you start incorporating different muscle fibers and maybe even some different muscles entirely! Cables are my top pick so if you are looking to learn something new or add a change up, just ask one of the exercise physiologists in the fitness center, we LOVE to show new exercises!