Looking to build strong chiseled Pecs?
Maybe you have been thinking of adding a cable crossover machine or functional fitness machine and are trying to decide how to choose the best crossover machine.
Cable Crossover machines work more than the Pecs, in fact they can be used to work every major muscle group.
Just Google Cable Exercises “back” and 7 different exercises pop up!
It just goes to show how versatile a cable machine is. It is a well rounded piece of equipment and an excellent addition to a home gym.
So, What’s next?
We want to show you why we love the cable crossover and functional fitness machines so much. We have compiled a short list of workout videos using the cable crossover and functional fitness machines, plus explained a few differences between certain models and styles.
We outline what we believe is important to look for when choosing a machine, and then review 7 of the most popular machines available today.
Ready to get down?
- Best cable machine workouts
- Why do some Cable Crossover machines feel heavier with the same amount of weight?
- How to choose the best cable Crossover machine for your home gym?
- TOP 7 Best Cable Crossover Machine Reviews 2019
Best cable machine workouts
These workouts are sorted by muscle group and/or sport targeted.
The How To and What not to do:
How do the Cable Crossover
Lance from Livestrong demonstrates the cable crossover. This video is perfect for the beginner, as he addresses every detail the beginner needs to know before performing the exercise.
What NOT to do
Vince from V Shred explains the mechanics of Chest Fly’s and how to activate the CHEST muscle instead of other shoulder and back muscles.
The proper form Vince demonstrates will show any Cable Crossover machine users how to maximize chest activation and efficiently use their workout time to meet their goal of defined, strong chest muscles.
Best cable machine workouts for Pecs
How to Build Lower Pecs
This is another video by Vince of V Shred. What we like about this video is Vince explains the different chest muscles in a little detail before he get is into the exercises.
This is important, because in order to properly work a muscle, it is best if you know how that muscle works, and can visualize it in action.
The best weightlifters and body builders know that lifting is NOT a mindless activity, at least, not if you want to be the best, and use your time efficiently.
How To: Upper, Middle and Lower Cable Chest Fly
Victor explains proper form for the cable crossover and cable chest fly which address the upper, mid and lower Pecs.
Lower Body Workouts with a cable Machine
Cable Ankle Strap Exercises
Katherine Vega shows us some moves we can do with the ankle strap that is included with most systems, in this short lower body workout video.
Full Body Routines
Full Body Workout with a Cable Machine
Alfonso with FitFluential shows the athlete how to use one simple machine to get a full body workout. Includes chest, back, biceps, triceps, glutes and legs.
Workouts for the back
Get a Wider back with a cable crossover machine
Jim Stoppani offers us a novel way to build a HUGE back using the cable crossover machine. He also offers one sneaky tip at the end to modify a fixed weight stack.
9 Killer Back Exercises Just what it says, 9 back exercises, with heavy focus on the lats.
Cable Machine Abs Workout
3 Cable Exercises for ABS
Eric demonstrates and explains proper form for three abs exercises. Its like a personal trainer from home. Highly Recommended abs video.
Build your Obliques The woodchopper is a very effective obliques exercise. Scott demonstrates proper form and explains the move completely so that you TRULY target the oblique’s, which is actually challenging to do.
Sport Specific workouts
MMA Training Workout with a Cable Machine
Naudi Aguilar gives a functional training using a cable machine. The audio is not great, but the video demonstrates the versatility of a cable machine and proves it can be used for just about any athlete in any sport.
Why do some Cable Crossover machines feel heavier with the same amount of weight?
We hear this question a lot.
On one machine, or at one gym, the athlete can lift 50 lbs, but o a different machine, only 25.
So what gives? Why do machines vary so much?
As it turns out, this is an important concept, and it has to do with the pulleys on machines acting as levers and carrying some of the weight.
Single pulley vs. double pulley. Makes a ton of difference.
What you need to understand about the pulleys on cable crossover (and other machines) is that, the more pulleys that are used to pull the weight, the less heavy the weight will feel.
Lee Hayward explains this in detail, and it is an important concept to grasp before you purchase a machine and are left wondering why it feels so much different than the one at the gym.
How to choose the best cable Crossover machine for your home gym?
What to consider before you chose the best cable Crossover machine for your home gym:
This has to do with the amount of weight you select, vs. the amount of resistance your muscles actually feel.
- A 2:1 ratio means you load two lbs of weight, and get 1 lb of resistance.
- A 1:1 ratio means you load one pound and feel 1 lb of resistance.
THIS finding surprised us:
Commercial grade machines, the kind you find in gold gym or 24 hr fitness, usually have the highest ratios. So you could load 75 lbs, and only feel 25 lbs. Crazy right?
TOP 7 Best Cable Crossover Machine Reviews 2019
What muscle groups do you want to work on your cable machine, and what cable crossover machine did you decide to buy.
We are looking for the best cable crossover machine, so we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below.