Exercise of the Week: Cable Rotation With Physioball

Rotational strength is a major source of power for many sport skills, including batting, throwing, shooting a hockey puck and hitting a tennis groundstroke. When performing one of these moves, if you don't rotate your core, you suffer a dramatic reduction in power.

Jimmy Rollins, All-Star shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies, performs the Cable Rotation With Physioball to develop his rotational core strength. Holding a physioball minimizes the activation of upper body muscles. The core rotator muscles are isolated—particularly the obliques. The exercise helps you explode through your lower body and core to finish a powerful athletic movement.

View the video above to see Rollins performing the Cable Rotation With Physioball.

  • Set cable machine to chest height
  • Assume athletic stance perpendicular to cable machine with arms straight out holding physioball
  • Grasp rope in left hand so cable is across center of physioball
  • Powerfully rotate 90 degrees to the left
  • Return to starting position in control; repeat for specified reps
  • Perform set on opposite side

Sets/Reps: 4x12 each side



Andy Haley Andy Haley - Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami University...
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