How To: Do a single cable swim stroke, wide pull-down squat

Do a single cable swim stroke, wide pull-down squat

Learn how to do a single cable handle high, alternate swim stroke, with a wide pull-down, and squat. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life.

For a back workout that hits your muscles from multiple angles, alternate swim strokes with pull-downs, using a cable machine to work your back across and between your shoulder blades. The squat, which takes advantage of the added tension of the cable, adds a bonus leg workout.

Starting Position
Attach a single handle to the high setting on a cable machine. Stand facing the machine with your feet hip-width apart and grasp the handle in your right hand, with palm facing downward. Bend your knees slightly and press your hips back in a power stance, keeping your back flat.

1. From the starting position, bring your right arm straight down in a swim stroke or ski-pole motion, keeping your elbow straight and your palm downward. Bring the arm down until it is in line with your back and slightly behind your right hip.
2. Allow your arm to return to the starting position, following the same trajectory so that the movement comes entirely from your shoulder.
3. Again from the starting position, bend your right elbow and bring it back and to the side, until your hand and the cable are next to your shoulder, keeping your palm facing front as if you are doing a wide pull-down.
4. Open your elbow and return your arm to the starting position.
5. From the starting position again, sit into a deep squat, bending your hips and pressing them back behind you as you sit deep into your heels. Keep your back flat, and your arm extended with the palm still down.
6. Repeat the entire sequence for a total of 10 repetitions on the right side, and then switch the handle to the left hand and repeat for another 10 reps.

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