Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredCable
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypeIsometric
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Half Kneeling Pallof Press Overview

The half kneeling pallof press is a variation of the pallof press and an exercise used to strengthen the muscle of the core.

The pallof press, in general, works the core by placing isometric tension on the muscle groups as you move a weight from the cable stack through a slight range of motion.

The half kneeling pallof press can be used to help you progress to a full standing pallof press.

Half Kneeling Pallof Press Instructions

  1. Assume a half kneeling position and attach a handle to a cable stack at chest height.
  2. Hold the handle to your chest and assume a hip width stance with one hip in flexion and the other in extension.
  3. Press the handle horizontally to extension as you exhale.
  4. Return to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions on both sides.

Half Kneeling Pallof Press Tips

  1. Don’t allow the hips to rotate as you press the handle to extension.
  2. Ensure that you exhale as you press to use the breath to drive more abdominal activation.
  3. If you find you can’t maintain a neutral spinal position during this variation, regress to a supine version and then progress into a half kneeling and tall kneeling version once you gain the requisite lumbo-pelvic control.
  4. Do not hold your breath, you shouldn’t be using respiration to compensate for a lack of stability. Learn how to move while maintaining position without having to rely upon your breath.