How to Use a Cable Machine

It is important that you are aware of how to use a cable machine so that you do not injure yourself or anyone else. It is for this very reason that you must follow instructions carefully. The instructions for using a cable machine will differ depending upon which exercise you are attempting to perform.

Cable Machines

Cable machines can be found in gyms and can be used to work out the majority of your body parts. Cable machines are very versatile and are also known as cable pulley machines.

If you are serious about maintaining a healthy body weight or body building then purchasing a cable machine may be an option for you.

There are a variety of cable machines that are available for consumers to purchase. You can also purchase attachments so that you can increase your range of exercises. If you add these attachments then you will be able to use your cable machine to perform workouts such as bicep curls, chin-ups and even abdominal crunches. If you purchase a cable machine then it will usually include a diagram of exercises that you can easily do.


If you are in need of a complete body workout then you can try doing bicep curls, abdominal crunches, and even leg extensions with the help of a cable machine.

You will need to make sure that you have a straight-bar attached to your cable machine to properly perform the bicep curl. Stand up straight in front of the cable machine. Make sure that you give yourself enough room to extend your arms out in front of you. Now extend your arms downward toward the floor. Make sure that you have a good grip of the straight-bar attachment. You may even want to wear workout gloves so that you do not lose your grip. You will then lift your arms up toward your shoulders. You have now completed a bicep curl.  

For the abdominal crunch you will need an exercise bench and a rope attachment. The bench should be in front of the cable machine. Make sure that the rope attachment is in place. You will need to lie down with your back on the exercise bench and grab the handles of the rope. Pull your torso up from the exercise bench slightly. Remember to contract your abdominal muscles. Hold your position for a few seconds and then lie back down on the exercise bench. You should complete repetitions based upon your workout level. Beginners should be able to do about 10 repetitions comfortably. Do not overextend yourself.

Using the cable machine to do a leg extension will require that you have a Velcro-wrap attachment. This will be attached to your ankle to make sure that the exercise is properly performed. You will need to bend your knee and extend your leg behind you as far as you can. The other leg will remain straight. Make sure that you hold onto the cable machine with at least one of your hands so that you do not lose your balance.


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