Versatility. Convenience. Constant tension on each rep of every set. What’s not to love about the ubiquitous cable crossover station? Here’s a unique pulley exercise — one you’re probably not doing — to make you love this do-it-all machine even more:
Center an adjustable bench set to approximately a 30-degree incline in a cable crossover station. Adjust the pulleys on both sides to the lowest positions and attach a D-handle to each.
Grasp the handles and lie back on the bench. Start with your arms out to your sides, elbows slightly bent. (Your shoulders should be in line with the pulleys; if they aren’t, move the bench forward or back accordingly.)
Maintaining the slight bend in your elbows, contract your pecs to pull your hands together over your upper chest. Squeeze the contraction for a count, then slowly lower back to the start position so you feel a stretch in the pecs.