Russian Twists

What are Russian Twists?

A Russian Twist is an abdominal exercise that emphasizes the obliques, the abdominal muscles running down either side of your upper body. It involves twisting your body from side to side in the “sit-up” position, and often includes the use of a heavy weight, such as a medicine ball or kettlebell, to add resistance and build explosiveness in the upper torso.

How do you do Russian Twists?

  • Step 1

    Begin sitting upright on the floor or a mat with your knees bent slightly further than 90 degrees. Rest your arms on the mat at your sides.

  • Step 2

    Raise your arms in front of you and grab onto your opposite elbows.

  • Step 3

    Lean back slightly to an approximately 45-degree angle, or until you feel tension in your abdominals.

  • Step 4

    Begin twisting your torso as far as you can to the left.

  • Step 5

    Twist your torso in the other direction and then repeat, switching sides.

How do you modify Russian Twists?

  • Russian Twists for Prenatal

  • Advanced Russian Twists

  • Russian Twists for Weak Knees

What are the benefits of Russian Twists?

  • Core Strength

  • Chest Strength

  • Arm Strength

Expert opinion

Russian Twists will help improve oblique strength which helps with rotation.

Your ability to rotate the body safely is important for any sport or physical activity.

Martyn Skalyne,FitMi Body in London

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