How to do a Medicine Ball Russian Twist

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About Medicine Ball Russian Twist

Sets Logged
284,274
Popularity Rank
255th
Difficulty
Beginner
Abs Strength
95 mSCORE 17th
Equipment Required
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a weighted variation of Russian Twist. By holding a medicine ball in both hands, you can add resistance to this usually bodyweight exercise. While the weight usually isn't much, it forces you to engage your core both to move, and to stop the medicine ball as you rotate. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their Russian Twists a bit more challenging.

  1. Sit on the floor and grasp a medicine ball in both hands. Position the medicine ball in front of your chest.
  2. Lean back slightly and raise your heels a few inches off the ground.
  3. Engage your core to maintain stability throughout the movement.
  4. Slowly twist to one side and bring the medicine ball toward your hip.
  5. Slowly twist back to the starting position while bringing the medicine ball back to center.
  6. Alternate sides and repeat.
  7. Maintain good posture by keeping your core engaged, shoulders back and chest up. Keep your heels off the ground.
  8. You should feel this exercise in your core.

Common Mistakes

  • Overusing Arms

    Make sure you’re using your core to twist to each side rather than simply reaching to either side with your arms. This will make the exercise more effective.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    7.5
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    1 Rep Max
    10
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    10
    lbs
    12.5
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    12.5
    lbs
    15
    lbs

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