Normally we wouldn’t sanction the idea of playing one side against the other, but when it comes to this unique workout that tackles each side of the body separately, that’s exactly what we want you to do. With the help of one versatile piece of equipment, this routine will guide you to that upper-body makeover you’ve been looking for, in as little as four to six weeks.
“It’s important to incorporate cable exercises into your regular workouts because they vary angles and direction, reaching muscles and improving movement in ways that other machines and free weights can’t,” notes Jennifer Ettinger, fitness and lifestyle expert, and ambassador for New Balance Canada and Vitamix. “From pushing and pulling, to lifting things over our heads, the muscles are activated in a functional motion.” Focusing on one side of the body at a time gives you an in-depth, focused routine, which ultimately leads to a total body transformation. “Left-to-right asymmetries seem to be the most common problem associated with the risk of injury,” Ettinger notes. “This workout will aid in balancing the muscles by working each side independently.” Aim for three sets of 12 reps for each exercise using a weight that will get you to the end of each set with no issues. Finally, to up the ante, you’ll burn out with a set of dips to set your upper body on fire.