Why it works
If you use your home gym for drying your socks on, you’re not alone. A report from the marketing research company Mintel found that 51% of blokes have home exercise equipment but a paltry 10% of them ever bother to use it. Once you’ve dusted off your expensive clothes hanger off then there’s a good chance you’ll find it has a cable pulley with which you can train your entire body. The workout below will help you make the most of your investment or the gym cable cross-over and turn your sock stocks back into a sweat box.
This workout will have you lifting just 3 days a week. Have at least 1 day of rest between each workout Perform 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps of each exercise, resting 30 seconds after each set and the next time you’re on the pull you won’t be able to push them away.
Squat and row
Attach a rope handle to a low-pulley cable and grab with both hands. Stand facing the weight stack, your elbows bent and your hands next to the sides of your torso. Lower your body by bending at your hips and knees as you allow your arms to straighten in front of you. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, reverse the movement back to the starting position.
Punch and pull
Grab the handle of a low-pulley cable with your left hand, and the handle of the opposite high-pulley cable with your right. Face the low pulley and stagger your feet, left foot forward. Hold your right hand next to your shoulder, keeping your left arm straight. Pull your left hand back as you punch your right hand forward. Do all your reps, then switch arm and leg positions and repeat.
Split squats and press
With the weight stack to your left, grab the handle of a low-pulley cable with your left hand and bring it to your shoulder. Stagger your feet, right leg forward. Bend at the knees and lower your body as you press the weight overhead and bend your torso to the right. Do all your reps to one side, then switch arm and leg positions and repeat.
With your left side toward the weight stack, grab the rope pulley of a high-pulley cable with both hands. Keeping your arms straight, bend your knees and rotate your hips as you pull the rope down and across your body until your hands are just outside your right knee, then reverse the motion. Finish your reps before switching sides and repeating the movement.