- Stand on platform in front of Lever Iron Cross Machine. Grasp
handles to each side. Bend over at hips with knees and elbows
bent slightly. Internally rotate shoulders so elbows are pointing
- Bring lever handles together in hugging motion with elbows
in fixed position. Keep shoulders internally rotated so elbows
are pointed upward at top and out to sides at bottom. Return
to starting position until chest muscles are stretched. Repeat.
- Height of platform should allow shoulders to be near the
same height of fulcrums. Secondary
levers compensate somewhat for variations if alignment between
points of rotation (lever fulcrum and shoulder girdle articulation).
Under greater resistance, height of platform can be increased
so torso can be positioned at lower angle downward (by bending
over at hips). This will allow upper body weight to counterbalance
upward pull of levers. See Lever
Seated Iron Cross Fly and Lever
Iron Cross for Lats.