Cable crossovers are usually the last exercise in a chest workout, typically following heavier bench presses, incline presses and flyes. As with any exercise, there are advantages and disadvantages as well as a few myths surrounding it.
The major advantage of the cable crossover is that you don’t perform it on a bench. The shoulder blades—scapulae—are free to move in a natural manner without being pinned to a bench. The major muscle of the shoulder is found on the sides of the chest and wraps around the back under the shoulder blades. It’s called the serratus anterior, and it is the foundation of the shoulder.
The free movement of the shoulder blade can enable the muscles of the shoulder to work in a more synchronized pattern. The free shoulder blade motion also permits the shoulder blades to slide back toward each other, allowing greater overall range of motion in the shoulder girdle. That can reduce the strain on the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder—but only if you don’t force excessive range of motion in the ball-and-socket in the stretch position during cable crossovers. That can happen easily during dumbbell flyes but much less on the cable crossovers.
Another advantage of the cable crossover is the ability to move your body at different angles during the exercise. That can allow you to find a more comfortable position for your shoulders, which will enable you to keep using this exercise. The varying angles will also let you emphasize different areas of the pectoralis major.
The cables can also be attached to low pulleys or the pulleys may have clamps so they can be moved up and down to change the angle of the exercise as well. #ironmanmagazine Model: @ryanjterry #usn #fitness #chestday #bodybuilding #physqiue #preworkout #protein #flys