Wood Chop Video Guide

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Exercise Instructions

  1. The wood chop is a great exercise for hitting the abs and obliques. Attach the single grip attachment to a high pulley machine and select the weight you want to use.
  2. Start with your feet wider than shoulder width and your toes slightly pointed outwards.
  3. Grab the handle with both hands just above your shoulder.
  4. Rotate your body downwards towards your opposite knee.
  5. Make sure that you keep your arms straight and rotate through the mid section.
  6. Slowly lower weight back to starting position.
  7. Repeat for the opposite side of the body.

Wood Chop Tips:

  1. Make sure you only rotate through the mid section, don't twist at the knees and shoulders.
  2. Keep your arms straight throughout the movement.
  3. Keep your mid section tense throughout the set.

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Posted Fri, 05/30/2014 - 01:02

Do you have to use gym equipment to do this?

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Posted Tue, 05/17/2016 - 17:45
krishna rao

You can do this at home with just body-weight or filled(cleaned)milk cans;but gym equipments like pulleys or dumbbells have more effect

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Posted Fri, 01/11/2013 - 15:29

Can this be done holding a free weight instead.

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Posted Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:38
Josh Duper

I have done everything I know of to work my abs except these. I found a nice surprise when I started doing wood chops. It was a great feeling having my abs being hit like that. Go slow and experiment until you get that perfect feel.