The Pallof Press is an excellent core exercise that targets the abdominals, obliques, and core stiffness for the spine.
The Pallof Press?
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold the cable handle in front of your body with one hand.
- Bend forward at the waist, bringing your free hand to your hips.
- Contract your abdominals to stabilize the spine. It would be best if you did not bend forward at the hips to maintain a safe position for performing the press.
- Press outwards with an arm holding the cable, keeping hips stationary and not leaning toward or away from it. The forearm should be parallel to the floor throughout the entire movement. Most band users report that they can’t keep their forearms parallel to the floor as they cannot straighten their elbows as much as they need to.
- Stop when you feel it in your arm, shoulder, or back. Don’t take the weight beyond that.
- Switch hands and repeat for desired reps.
Pallof Press Variations for All Your Core-Training Needs
1. Rotational Pallof Press
Instead of using one arm to press outwards and sending the other arm overhead, you can use both arms to press outwards simultaneously.
2. Pallof Press with a Twist
Lie face down on a bench and attach band handles to each side of your body like you would for a regular Pallof Press. Use one hand to hold the handles and bring your legs up so that you are lying parallel to the floor with your feet flat on it, essentially making a reverse lunge/push-up combo. Use leg drive as you lift your torso and press it outwards while twisting at the hips to maintain stability or what some have called “hip rotation.
3. Plank Drag
This one is great for building neck stability. Start in a regular plank position, and lift your arm as far as possible. Keep your body in the same position while dragging the weight until you can no longer lift it.
4. Lateral Pallof Walk
This one is a variation of walking laterally. It works on core stability and shoulder strength. Start in a single-leg stance with one arm holding the weight in the cable handle, then walk sideways as far as you can while keeping the weight at shoulder level.
5. Angled Pallof Press
This one is a variation of the Pallof Press and works on shoulder stability. Start in a single-leg stance with your arm holding the handle, and bring your left foot to the side, resting it against a wall or something. Use the band to lower your hand until you feel comfortable lifting the weight. Then lift again to chest level. Bend your right leg at an angle while bringing your arm up, keeping your body straight, and press outwards with that arm End in an upright position without leaning or bending at any time
6. Rotation Pallof Walk With Band Pulls
This one uses a pall of presses with band rows. This movement works on shoulder stability, core strength, and upper back strength. Set up by standing with your free hand on your hips and holding the band in your other hand. Pull the band until you feel a good burn. Then turn to face away from the band and walk laterally as far as you can while holding the band tight at all times.
7. Pallof V-Up With Press-Fly Combo
This one strengthens the abdominals and obliques and makes you look good in a bikini. This move is two exercises in one. Start lying on the floor with your legs bent at a 45-degree angle and arms extended over your head. Lift your legs as high as you can while pressing upward. Perform 10-15 repetitions until you feel the burn in your abdominals and obliques.
8. Half-Kneeling Pallof Press
This one is great for those who don’t have much room to work with. Set up on one knee while holding the band in a cable handle, and press outwards while keeping the core tight. It’s a single-leg version of Pallof Press.
9. Corner Pallof Press
Set up in a corner with feet shoulder-width apart and facing the corner; hold the cable handle in both hands, bend your knees slightly, then press outwards as far as you can while not taking the weight beyond your comfort zone. This variation targets stability and balance in the opposite arm, which works on core stabilization and mobility at the same time!
10. Tall-Kneeling Overhead Pallof Press
Start in a tall kneeling position with a free hand on the hips and arm holding cable overhead. Press outwards to shoulder level while keeping your back straight and not bending it forward.
Advanced Core Circuit with Resistance Band
- Deadbug x 10 on each side
- Half kneeling Pallof press x 10 on each side
- Side plank with a row x 10 on each side
- Side plank rotations x 10 each side
- Pallof press x 10 each side
- Tuck up x 15
Benefits of Pallof Press
1. Target the muscles of your abdominals, obliques, and core stiffness
It is a versatile movement that works on strength, balance, and core stability. The Pallof Press will push your muscles to adapt and keep them in shape. This movement is great for all athletes and serves as a great warm-up before any activity.
2. Improve shoulder stability and strength
This one helps maintain shoulder stability, not just from the natural motion of your arms, but from how you contract your muscles to stabilize the core and prevent excessive arm and shoulder joint movement. It strengthens your shoulders, biceps, back muscles, and triceps.
3. Increase mobility in the shoulders
Not only will you strengthen these areas through this movement, but it will also increase their mobility simultaneously. It provides shoulder stability needed while lifting weights or doing high-intensity drills. It limits shoulder injuries when participating in sports such as baseball or swimming. It also benefits hockey players, football players, weightlifters, volleyball players, golfers, rowers, and athletes who use their hands.
4. Improve core stabilization
This one is perhaps the most crucial benefit of all for athletes. It helps develop a strong core that you can rely on as an athlete to stabilize the body from kneeling or lying on your side during sports activities. The less movement you have in your midsection when doing drills and lifting weights, the higher your chances of performing better.
5. Decrease lower back pain
It reduces lower back pain since it works on core stabilization and balance in your shoulders which often can lead to back pain if weak.
6. Develop strength in the shoulder and wrist
This one works on the shoulders and your wrists because every time you press outwards, you are using your whole body instead of only your arms. It strengthens the muscles of the upper arm and stabilizes the hands. It also helps increase strength in the wrists and fingers, which is essential for contact sports such as football, basketball, or volleyball.
7. Increase stability in the ankles
This one works on ankle stability while performing squats or deadlifts. When lifting heavy weights these movements are essential since you need to maintain balance when lifting a heavy load off the ground.
8. Improve posture
Think of your posture as the base of a glass of water. When you have good alignment, the glass will remain stable and balanced. The same concept applies when you are standing or even sitting up straight. When there is a good amount of alignment between your joints, it is easier to add weights and work on stability while performing lifts, pushing, or pulling exercises.
9. Perfect for beginners
It is excellent for beginners because it is easy to learn, simple to set up, and requires little space. It doesn’t require you to use a lot of weights or an expensive machine and can be done in the home.
The Pallof Press is a great tool to add to your workout routine. Whether you are an athlete or just trying to keep fit and healthy, it will help increase your core stabilization, shoulder strength, and balance, all of which make for better performance.
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