Exercise 101 : work your abs with the woodchopper move

Exercise 101 : work your abs with the woodchopper move

The woodchopper targets the middle section of the body, and the legs. It’s good for toning and losing weight from the tummy.

What is it?

Stubborn love handles can be tricky to target, but rotational exercises such as the woodchopper are perfect for this particular problem.  It focuses on the obliques and abs and is a good combination exercise when you need a quick workout.

What do you need to do it?

You’ll need to use a free weight, a dumbbell, kettle bell, resistance bands attached to a pole or a pulley machine. That’s pretty much it!

How do you do it?

Imagine you are chopping wood.

Squat slightly, keeping your legs apart with knees bent in line your feet. Hold the weight in both hands on your right side on the outside of your thigh. 

As you straighten your legs, swing the weight up and round to the left side of your body, twisting your torso and pivoting on the right leg. Breathe out as you do this.

From here bring the weight back down to the starting position. 

Repeat the same movement from the left hand side.

Do about 3-4 sets of 12-16 reps with a weight you feel that is appropriate.

Are there variations?

You can also do this exercise using a pulley machine and a rope or handle. The movement is the same except that you would have to attach the rope to the pulley machine at the mid-way point. The movement would now be horizontal rather than diagonal.

Who should do it?

 Anyone who wants to lose weight from their middle, or tone up the core.

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Aimee W.
26 March 2016

Aimee W.

That picture is a bit confusing as it's not a woodchopper. it's a kettlebell swing. Woodchop is to the side.

Clare R.
25 March 2016

Clare R.

not quite sure this is how you chop wood - but looks useful for trimming wobbles. Will be giving it a go.

John C.
19 March 2016

John C.

great love this thank you ....regards,....john c

Joseph M.
17 March 2016

Joseph M.

I've never heard of this before - so many different exercises with different names. Standard kettlebell swings are a regular feature so this will be a nice way of mixing it up - thanks!

Sasha B.
17 March 2016

Sasha B.

Great - I love quick and easy moves. I can do this with my kettlebell at home while waiting for the kettle to boil!

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