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Diagonal Woodchop

Diagonal Woodchop

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Muscle Groups
  • Abs and Core
  • Full Body
  • Strengthens legs, hips, torso, arms and shoulders.
  • Increases cardiovascular conditioning.
  • Develops and strengthens basic motor patterns.


The diagonal wood chop is a great core exercise. Not only does it strengthen your body, it also develops and strengthens basic motor patterns. It can be performed without equipment or it can be done with a dumbbell or cables. The diagonal wood chop is good for golfers and baseball players.


  • With your feet wider than shoulder width, clasp your hands in front of you.
  • Pull your arms up to one side of your head.
  • Squat down and “chop” your arms diagonally to the opposite side of the body
  • Stand back up while pulling your arms up to the same side of your head.
  • Repeat for specified reps. Perform the same from the opposite side.


  • Rounding the back.
  • Not dropping the hips at the bottom.
  • Letting the knees cave in.