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Muscles Used


  • Hold the cable with both hands
  • Draw the cable down across your body while twisting at the trunk
  • (Like swinging an axe)
  • Lower the cable back to the start position
  • All movement should be generated by your obliques, try to minimize the use of the arms
  • Note - Keep your legs bent so you do not twist at the knee

Muscles involved

  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Obliques
— Phil @ 4:14 pm, August 13, 2006


  1. Isnt it spelled “Like swinging an Axe”, not “Like swinging and Axe”?

    Just a little typo that annoyed me!

    Nice job on this encyclopedia by the way, it has given me endless amounts of help when i’m looking for new exercises :)

    Comment by Martin from Norway — February 13, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

  2. I just went to fix it and realised it’s already “an axe”

    A mystery!

    Comment by Mark — February 16, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  3. Gonna try theese trunk twists and stuff! Man i love the enclopedia.

    Comment by Vegard — May 7, 2008 @ 8:34 am

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