A nice alternative to to any cable chopping or lifting pattern, especially if you do not have access to a cable apparatus, is the half kneeling contralateral dumbbell press. Just like the chopping and lifting patterns this exercise could be listed as a core stability exercise. Two things make this a core stability exercise. The first is the contralateral nature of the exercise, meaning the pressing arm is on the same side as the forward leg. The second reason this exercise requires core stability is the narrow base of support. The narrower the base, the greater the core stability demands. In the following video you’ll see that I have the front foot, back knee and back foot all along the same line, making the base as narrow as it can get.