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Cable Crunch

Isolate Your Abdominal Muscles with Ab Crunch Variation

Welcome to our Cable Crunch Exercise Instruction Guide!

On this page you'll learn how to do this exercise using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to ge the most out of this and other abs exercises so you can immediately add to your abdominal workouts, fat loss workouts, and other workout routines.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Cable Crunch
Main Muscle:Abs
Secondary Muscle(s):N/A
Equipment Required:Cable

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This abdominal exercise is also one of our cable exercises as it adds resistance with weight on a cable pulley to the standard ab crunch

cable crunch
cable crunch

To Perform this Exercise:

  1. Attach a rope to a high cable pulley and place a bench in front of the cable weight stack.
  2. Grasp the rope over your shoulders and sit with your back towards the stack.
  3. With your feet firmly on the floor and keeping your hips steady, flex at the waist bringing your elbows towards your knees.
  4. Pause for a moment and return to the starting position.


  1. Perform this exercise in a slow and controlled manner. Picture your abs crunching like an accordion throughout the exercise

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