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Cable Exercises

These Weight Training Exercises Utilize a Cable Pulley to help you Maintain Proper Form and use a Full Range of Motion

Welcome to our Cable Exercises directory! 

Below we’ve listed all of our weight training exercises that utilize a cable pulley. Each of the weight training exercises below are sorted below by primary muscle trained and come complete with pictures, instructions, and tips so that you can get the most out of this online training and immediately add to your weight training programs. 


For a complete list of weight training exercises sorted by equipment required, please view our Weight Training Exercises Main Page.

So Why should your Workout Routines include Cable Exercises?

Freeweight exercises like those on our barbell exercises and dumbbell exercises pages should make up the majority of your workout routines.  However, cable exercises also have their place in workouts and offer their own benefits, which shouldn’t be ignored. 

Cable and weight machine exercises allow you to get a full range of motion from top to bottom.  While using a cable pulley, it’s easier to complete sets with a fluid and controlled movement as machines are designed to help you maintain proper form as the weight moves along a predetermined track.  This can help effectively isolate the muscle your working it a different way.

All Cable Exercises by Primary Muscle

Each cable exercise is sorted by primary muscle(s) trained resulting in the following cable exercise sections:



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    Cable Bicep Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Hammer Curls with Rope Biceps, Forearms Cable
    High Cable Curls Biceps, Forearms Cable, Bench
    Lying Bicep Cable Curl Biceps, Forearms Cable
    Lying Close Grip Bicep
    Cable Curls
    Biceps, Forearms Cable, Bench
    Overhead Cable Curl Biceps, Forearms Cable
    Cable Preacher Curl Biceps, Forearms Cable,
    Preacher Curl Bench
    Standing Bicep Cable Curl Biceps, Forearms Cable
    Standing One Arm Cable Curl Biceps, Forearms Cable

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    Cable Tricep Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Cable Incline Triceps Extension Triceps Cable, Incline Bench
    Cable Skull Crushers Triceps Cable, Bench
    Incline Tricep Pushdown Triceps Cable, Incline Bench
    Concentration Triceps Extension Triceps Cable
    Kneeling Triceps Extension Triceps Cable, Bench
    Low Triceps Extension Triceps Cable, Bench
    One Arm Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdown Triceps Cable
    Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdown Triceps Cable
    Cable Triceps Extension Triceps Cable
    Standing One-Arm Low-Pulley
    Triceps Extension
    Triceps Cable
    Tricep Pushdown Triceps Cable
    Tricep Pushdown with Rope Triceps Cable
    Tricep Pushdown with V-Bar Triceps Cable

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    Cable Back Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Cable Back Extensions Lower Back, Hamstrings, Glutes Cable
    Rear Lateral Raises Upper Back, Shoulders Cable
    Close Grip Front Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
    Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
    Reverse Grip Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
    Seated Cable Reverse Fly Upper Back, Shoulders Cable, Bench
    Seated Cable Row Upper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
    Straight Arm Pull Down Lats, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps Cable
    V-Bar Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable, V-Bar

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    Cable Chest Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Cable Chest Flys Chest Cable, Flat Bench
    Cable Crossover Chest Cable
    Incline Cable Chest Flys Chest Cable, Incline Bench

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    Cable Shoulder Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Cable Front Raise Deltoid, Trapezius Cable
    Cable Lateral Raises Deltoid, Trapezius Cable
    Rear Lateral Raises Deltoid, Trapezius, Upper Back Cable
    Cable Shrugs Trapezius Cable
    Cable Upright Row Deltoid, Trapezius, Biceps Cable
    Seated Cable Reverse Fly Deltoid, Trapezius, Upper Back Cable, Bench

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    Cable Leg Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equip.
    Required
    Cable Hip Abduction Hip Flexors Machine
    Single Leg Kickbacks Glutes, Hamstrings Cable

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    Cable Abs Exercises

    Exercise
    Name
    Primary
    Muscle(s)
    Addl Equipment
    Required
    Cable Crunch Abs Cable
    Side Bends Abs *Cable or Dumbbell

    *This exercise is pictured as a dumbbell exercise, however, you can also do the Side Bench on a cable pulley by attaching the handle and putting the cable on the lowest setting to the floor. 

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    View our Weight Training Exercises main page for to link to all of our exercises sorted by equipment required or muscle trained.  Or, choose one of our popular pages listed below.

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