Many people out there are looking to build some great, quality muscle in order to be as shredded as their favorite superhero. It’s only natural that anyone influenced by comics and television would want to look like their favorite action hero. Think about it. There’s no doubt that when many of you first saw Predator or The Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger your thought process by the end of those movies was, “I want to look like that!”
There’s no shame in that at all. Every bodybuilder needs a spark that will get their engines revving. But sometimes focusing purely on aesthetics right out of the gate can end up backfiring in the long run. Building quality muscle is great, but what’s equally as important is not only building muscle that looks great, but that serve a higher purpose in your overall fitness. Building functional strength should be just as high a priority as getting ripped abs or bulging biceps.
There are plenty of ways you can build up functional strength. There are deadlifts, a perfect pull exercise, there are squats, the absolute king of all lifting exercises, but there’s perhaps one that many lifters never really consider… the cable pull through.
Sure at first glance it may seem to be some useless exercise, more like a fad than anything that can be of use for a bodybuilder or weightlifter. But in reality this movement is a truly classic exercise that many strength athletes have been using for years in order to gain increased strength. So why is the cable pull through such an effective exercise?
Stronger Posterior Chain
One reason this exercise should be in your regimen is because it gets your posterior chain in great condition. That means your hamstring, glutes, lower back, and even calves are worked by performing this exercise. It’s truly helpful in strengthening the lower body and core as well, so it can help you in other lifts.
Improved Squat and Deadlift
Speaking of improving your lifts, the cable pull through is great for giving you a stronger squat and deadlift. Because the exercise improves lower body strength as well as core strength, lifting more weight with the deadlift and squat is a given. It’s certainly a great exercise to use if you plan on hauling increased weight.
Easy to Learn
Perhaps the greatest benefit to using the cable pull through is that it’s extremely simple to learn and master. It doesn’t require too much to actually get the movement down. The form is fairly simple and because of that it’s an exercise that can be easily added to your routine.